Keeping it in reserve

Several reserve draft strategies exist. You have the “Get as many big-time prospects as you can” ploy. There’s the “Get as many active major leaguers as you can” gambit. And there are various combinations of the two.

The idea, of course, is to find players who will be serviceable on your roster this year, players who will be serviceable on your roster in future years or players who can be used to lure other owners to make deals.

With that as a preamble, let’s look, round-by-round, which players selected in the reserve draft — the almost never-ending reserve draft — have produced the most for their owners.

Round 1: Traditionally, the first round is dominated by prospects. The best player so far is Drew Pomeranz (Knights), whose ERA and WHIP are high but whose ceiling is higher. He’s going to be good.

Round 2: We’ll go with a guy who single-handedly killed the Phillies in a series in April. Tony Campana (Bears) is hitting .338 and has 9 steals.

Round 3: Not a ton of options here, so we’ll go with utility man Steve Lombardozzi (Kings), who’s hitting .306.

Round 4: A late hot streak has made Chad Tracy (Crusoes) the pick here. He’s got 3 HR and 11 RBI to go with a .293 BA.

Round 5: He wasn’t on many lists, at least this high, but Scott Van Slyke (Kings) has been called up by the Dodgers and has 2 hits and 3 RBI in just 2 at bats.

Round 6: Travis Ishikawa (Bears) has a pair of homers and seven knocked in.

Round 7: Little to choose from, so we take Joe Mather (JRock), who has 2 HR and 7 RBI..

Round 8: He really looked like a keeper a couple years ago but then came the injury, so Kris Medlen started over. Mojo got him here and he’s 1-0 with a save, a 2.49 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.

Round 9: Mitchell Boggs (Flash) is at 2.81 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Serviceable, to be sure.

Round 10: Nobody worth anything.

Round 11: Another Knight, Mark Kotsay, gets the nod. He’s hitting .294 with a homer in a part-time role.

Round 12: The Crusoes haven’t been smart enough to use him yet, but Marc “Scrabble” Rzepczynski is pitching to a 2.25 ERA and 0.83 WHIP.

Round 13: JRock used late rounds from A (Jeremy Affeldt, 14th round) to Z (Brad Ziegler, 13th round). Ziegler is 1-1, with a 1.15 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP (we rarely see a WHIP higher than an ERA, but no bonus points here).

Round 14: The Hose get the nod here with Jason Grilli, who has a win, an ERA of 2.57 and a WHIP of 1.29.

Round 15: The Hose could have picked Whit Overstreet, but instead, they took Kameron Loe, who has a pair of wins and solid ERA (2.30) and WHIP (1.02).

Still looking for responses <a href=”” to the blog I wrote about picking any player in the past 50 years to start a team. I have four so far. If you want to chime in, send me an e-mail at .

Gary Robinson posted at 2012-5-15 Category: Baseball

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