Getting to Know the MLB 2019 Rule 5 Draft Pool

Yesterday marked the first day of the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) Winter Meetings, a time for folks in the industry, along with those aspiring to break in, to meet up and discuss trends in the game, network, and of course talk about baseball. With executives from all the front offices in such close proximity, it is usually a time of high activity for off season transactions, both between organizations as well as free agents signings, which is always exciting. The four day event is capped off with the Rule 5 draft (here is a link to the Wikipedia page as well for those wanting to learn more). To sum it up briefly: Teams with space on their 40 man rosters have a chance to pick up unprotected, draft eligible players from other organizations that must be on the 26 man roster for all of 2020 to be kept by the new team. It is the MLB’s attempt to balance the talent found in team farm systems. This year the draft will take place on Thursday, December 12th. There are over 600 players eligible for the draft this year so if you are interested in getting to know that player pool, please keep on reading.

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Fantasy Football Average Draft Position for 2019

My most recent attempt to push myself to write more yielded an article, but so far I have not followed through with that series of posts. Fortunately for me, and for you reading this now, I had another, probably more interesting, idea to write about with regards to fantasy football. While fantasy baseball is my favorite of the fantasy sports to partake in, besides dungeons and dragons, fantasy football is definitely a close second. I started playing fantasy football in the fall of 2012 against my college friends, won the league, and from there I was hooked. I have joined many a league over the years since and have had some mixed success, but I have not been able to be as successfully as I generally am with fantasy baseball.

Part of the reason I like fantasy baseball more is I have a better understanding of the advanced stats and how I can leverage them to my advantage. While there are some advanced statistics out there, I have not taken the time to fully understand them and their connection to winning fantasy football leagues. In fact, most of what I use comes from reddit or the folks over at CBS. That said, every year I try to do something new to help give myself an advantage in my leagues and this year I finally decided to act upon an idea I have had for a few years now. I have started to track the average draft position (ADP) from Fantasys Pros over time in order to determine the value of players in the preseason. Enough of this long intro, let’s get to it!

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MLB Players with More Walks than Strikeouts: 2018

I have already written about the players with walk to strikeout ratios (BB/K) greater than or equal to 1.00 for 2017  and relatively (depending on your definition of the word) recently created a dashboard showing the MLB history of this feat so I guess it only make sense for me to write a post about who has joined this club following the 2018 season. I really did not intend for this to be a primary topic I would be covering on this blog, but I feel like it is my job at this point to continue to keep you updated on this subject. I really do not want to let all six (approximate guess) of my readers down. That said, I do find the topic interesting (or else I would not be doing this) as players with great plate discipline are a rare occurrence in today’s game and it might help me uncover some underrated players in my  deeper fantasy leagues. The following post will highlight all the qualified batters who have been added as well as address the unqualified batters added who I deem interesting enough to write about.

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MLB Players Who Walk More Than They Strikeout

While I was finishing up my first article for this blog, I knew that I would be writing a follow up piece on the subject. I also knew that there were many different ways I could do it, yet I was unsure of the best way to do it. Should I look back at the past five seasons and write about that in comparison to 2017? The past ten? Should I turn this into three pieces? What would the right cutoff be? When trying to solve a problem, sometimes I overthink what needs to be done as I try to come up with optimal solution right from the start. While this may not sound like a bad thing, it is certainly a hindrance to getting things accomplished as it prevents me from even starting the task at hand. I have only recently become aware of this problem and I am trying to break that habit. Launching this blog without a fully fleshed out plan was one such way I am doing that, but enough about that topic. Let us get to the content!

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