Warning Track Power and the Midtown Marsupials zigged when others zagged when it came to protecting players from their 2016 roster.
They were the league’s only two teams to keep three pitchers. Warning Track Power General Manger Mark Peterson kept starters Chris Sale and David Price and reliever Zach Britton. The Bush family kept starters Jacob deGrom and Carlos Martinez as well as reliever Kelvin Herrera.
A total of 20 starting pitchers were protected by teams while seven relievers were kept.
Eight of the 10 starters who are projected by Steamer to pitch 200+ innings were protected by league general managers. Rick Porcello and Dallas Keuchel were allowed to fall back into next week’s league draft by their respective owners. Every starter that is projected to earn 20+ quality starts was protected.
General managers will have several elite closers to choose from in the league draft as Seung Hwan Oh, Mark Melancon, and Jeurys Familia went unprotected. Given the annual volatility in the relief pitching market, you can’t blame general managers for not investing valuable high draft choices in the position. Still, nothing protects the pitching ratio categories better than an elite closer.
Below are the totals for each team’s protected pitchers based on this year’s Steamer projections. They can help you determine which categories to focus on during next Monday’s player draft.
|Home Run 101||212.5||3.28||1.180||7.960||21.3||0|
|Bacon at Mile 11||178.1||3.38||1.190||9.560||17.9||0|
|Las Estellas Rojas||178.1||3.10||1.100||10.600||18.5||0|
|Let’s Play 2||406.6||3.62||1.200||8.685||39.3||0|
|Warning Track Power||455.1||3.17||1.146||9.433||38.0||35|