Jersey Boys Toss a Knuckleball in 2012 Draft

<a rel=R.A. Dickey’s 8-13 record in 2011 was deceiving. He posted career bests in starts (32), innings pitched (208.2), and strikeouts (134) and finished with a 3.28 ERA, 12th best in the National League. Dickey finished as the 180th-ranked player in the SFRRC Fantasy Baseball League and was a solid starting rotation option entering 2012.

Jersey Boys GM Leigh-Ann Wendling picked Dickey with the 251st pick and watched him blossom into a superstar. He led the league with 33 starts, posting 27 quality starts including five complete games and three shutouts. Dickey led the league with 233.2 innings pitched, 233 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA. He earned the Cy Young Award and finished 2012 as the seventh-ranked fantasy player.

Dickey was one of five Jersey Boys players that finished in the Top 15 in terms of season-ending value compared to where they were chosen in the draft. The average player value for the 2012 Jersey Boys draft was 307.96, the second best mark in league history. Aaron Hill, Glen Perkins, Edward Mujica and Juan Pierre were key draft values for the team.

Despite the draft success, the Jersey Boys finished 128-126-22 and third in the East Division. While Wendling drafted well, she didn’t manage her roster during the season. She added just six free agents in 2012 and often had injured players in her starting lineup.

Carla Baughman-King and the Cys (now playing as Let’s Play 2) had their best draft in franchise history in 2012, finishing with an average player value of 317.08. It’s the third best draft in league history. Aroldis Chapman was taken with the 329th pick and finished 12th, saving 38 games with a 1.51 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. The Cys finished with the league’s fourth best regular season record.

Twinkle Toes had the worst draft in 2012 and finished 15th in the league’s standings. GM Sunni York was bit by Ubaldo Jimenez who lost velocity on his fastball and finished with a 5.40 ERA. Jimenez was taken with the 150th pick and finished 2012 ranked 1,280th.

The best pick in the 2012 draft belonged to Eric Brown and Bacon at Mile 11. With the 362nd pick Brown chose rookie outfielder Mike Trout who went on to become the league’s top-rated player.

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