2013 will not go down in the annals of SFRRC Fantasy Baseball as a banner player draft. In fact, overall, it was the second worst draft in league history behind the abysmal 2014 draft. The average player value for those chosen in the 2013 draft was 465.31. On average, team owners drafted players that were worse than replacement players.
The Lower Haighters had the top draft in 2014 with an average player value of 387.92. It ranks 27th of the 96 drafts in the league’s six-year history. Twinkle Toes (now Buster Hugs) had an average player value of 576.20, the fourth lowest in league history. Where did things go so wrong?
It started with a number of high-profile misses in the Keeper Draft. The Toes protected Ryan Vogelsong who finished as the 13th lowest-rated player drafted at 1,288th. In his first nine starts, Vogelsong had one quality start and a 7.19 ERA. In May, he was hit by a pitch while batting and broke his hand. Shortstop Starlin Castro was kept by GM Carla Baughman-King and the Cys (now Let’s Play 2). Castro played 161 games but it was his worst season. He had a career-low .631 OPS and a career-high 129 strikeouts.
R.A. Dickey, who had been tremendous for the Jersey Boys a year earlier, started 34 games but just 19 were quality. His K/9 rate dropped from 8.9 in 2012 to 7.1 and his ERA ballooned to 4.21. Dickey was a keeper for the Jersey Boys and he finished 2013 ranked 1140th. The Marin Menehunes kept Tim Lincecum, hoping he would rebound from his sub par 2012 season. He wouldn’t. Lincecum was the league’s 1,102nd ranked player, finishing with just 15 quality starts and a 4.37 ERA.
When keepers fail, it leads to bad drafts.
There were some bargains. The biggest was reliever Trevor Rosenthal who was drafted by the Lower Haighters with the 387th pick and finished ranked 48th. Rosenthal blew just five of his 37 save situations. The Mirrors drafted Brandon Moss with the 378th pick and he finished the season ranked 64th. He had 30 homers and 87 RBI.
But this draft won’t be remembered for the bargains. It will be remembered because just 32 of the 80 keepers returned keeper value.