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      MVP Baseball 2004
     Fantasy Draft Guide
      Created: 10/03/04
         Version 1.0
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    -Table Of Contents-
    I.	Version History
    II.	Introduction
    III.	Fantasy Draft Quick Reference List
    IV.	Fantasy Draft Order & Analysis
    V.	Sample Drafts & Testimonials
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    I. Version History
    
    Version 1.1 (10/4/04)
            -Added the results of two of my own drafts. 
    
    Version 1.0 (10/3/04)
    	-Everything here is new. 
    
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    II. Introduction
    
    With the 2004 MLB season coming to a close, I suspect many people
    are going to use MVP Baseball 2004 to get their baseball fix. Some may
    use Sharkports or other similar devices to import updated rosters, but
    not all of us have such a device and will thus want to look for something
    else to do with the season and not have to use rosters that just don't feel
    right. This is where having a Fantasy Draft is very useful as you can assemble
    your own cast of characters and see where you can go against completely
    different teams. It can be rather fun if you put together that team that
    just seems to click, plus the fact that you are dealing with a league that
    can be much more competitive.
    
    There are two main parts to this guide. One is just a quick list that
    is suitable for printing off that can tell you what type of players you should
    be picking. The second is the real meat of this FAQ - it is the analysis based
    on that list that tells you exactly what you should be looking for as you make
    each pick. Everyone has a different style of playing, but this system will get
    you a well-balanced team. Plus, it will guide you in how to think if you'd
    like to make some adjustments. Please note, this FAQ does not tell you exactly
    who to pick or even exactly what positions you'll be picking, but rather gives
    you things to think about in building your team.
    
    I'm willing to take your own strategies. If you want to offer one,
    e-mail me (Mrslamt@aol.com) and put "Fantasy Draft Strategy FAQ" someone where
    in the subject. If you don't do that, its probably going to get deleted.
    
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    III. Fantasy Draft Quick Reference List
    
    This is a quick list designed to give a basic outline of how you should
    structure your draft. Browse over it and print it out, but I recommend you hit
    the next part of the FAQ that tells exactly what you should do with this data.
    
    Symbols:
    PP: Position player (Infielders and outfielders)
    SP: Starting pitcher
    RP: Relief Pitcher
    
    MLB Draft:
    
    1.  SP/PP
    2.  PP/SP
    3.  PP/SP
    4.  SP/PP
    5.  RP (closer)
    6.  PP
    7.  SP
    8.  PP
    9.  PP
    10. SP
    11. PP
    12. PP
    13. SP/RP
    14. PP
    15. RP/SP
    16. RP
    17. PP
    18. PP
    19. RP
    20. SP
    21. PP
    22. RP
    23. RP/PP
    24. PP
    25. PP
    
    AAA Draft:
    
    Coming Soon???
    
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    IV. Fantasy Draft Order & Analysis
    
    Same symbols are used in this section as above.
    
    1. SP/PP
       Notes: This is really a matter of personal preference. The top players go
    in this round to it all depends on whether you want one of the best hitters or
    one of the bester pitchers in the league. There are plenty of good players of
    each mold available in the next round, but if you want someone like Pedro
    Martinez or Vladimir Guerrero, this is your only chance. Most of the hitters
    you'd take here are excellent from both sides of the plate, so keep that in
    mind.
    
    2. PP/SP
       Notes: Another matter of personal preference. Which ever type of player you
    took in the first round, take the opposite in this. There are still tons of
    good players on both sides of the tracks that you don't need to load up on
    pitching or hitting here.
    
    3. PP/SP
       Notes: Its still a personal choice here, but much less of one. I generally
    take the same kind of player I took in the second round here. So if you took a
    pitcher first round and then a position player second, you'd probably be best
    to pick up another position player here. And even if you got a position layer
    in the first round, you still might want to use this to get another one. If
    you do go this route of getting a position player, you might want to make sure
    you have an all-star outfielder and an all-star infielder. Most people would
    probably take a n outfielder in the first round since they tend to be the best
    hitters, so if that is the case, make sure you are using this round to get an
    infielder. Their overall ratings aren't as high, but its all relative to the
    position they play.
    
    4. SP/PP
       Notes: This is really the last place in which there will be the choice of
    what kind of player you want to draft. At the end of this round you should
    have two pitcher and two hitters, so which ever type you only have one of at
    this point should be what you fill. It should be noted here about pitchers
    that there will always be several pitchers rated the same for you to pick. I
    always find the highest available overall rating and then choose my pitcher
    from those guys. When building your pitching staff, you'll want to look for
    varied pitch selection, but make sure your top guys have pitches that you like
    to use. I like to use a lot of sliders, so I tend to pick guys that have some
    form of it, but I am also sure that I have at least one pitcher with a good
    changeup.
    
    5. RP
       Notes: This is going to be your closer as the best relief pitchers are
    generally used for this purpose. You won't pick another reliever for a long
    time so this is pretty much your only chance to do this. You could gamble and
    switch this with the next round and hence pick your closer in the 6th, but I
    think having a strong closer is essential for success.
    
    6. PP
       Notes: Most likely you are probably going to use your first two hitters as
    your number 3 and 4 batters, unless you end up picking a speed demon like
    Ichiro in the earlier rounds. You want to think of filling your batting order
    from 1-5 however. So keep what you need in each hitter in mind:
    	Leadoff man: Great contact from both sides of the plate and great speed
    	2-Slot: This should be another good hitter with some decent running
                    ability (60+)
    	5-Slot: This will probably end up being the most powerful guy on your
                    team except maybe your 3rd and 4th guys. make sure he has
                    massive power (~80 at least) on at least one side of the plate.
    
    7. SP
       Notes: This will be your 3rd starter so its good to have a strong pitcher 
    here. If you don't have any left-handers yet, you might want to start thinking 
    about getting one. Its not absolutely necessary to have a left-hander by now, 
    but it might be a good idea. Also, if you lack a young pitcher then you should 
    be thinking about getting some youth on your staff. Likewise, if you have two 
    young hurlers already, you might want to get a veteran.
    
    8. and 9. PP's
       Notes: Two picks ago I told you to think about your lineup from one to five.
    This is where you'll round that part of your lineup most likely. If you don't
    already have a leadoff man, that might take priority here as you really are
    going to want to have someone speedy. For those picking for an American league
    team, its alright to take someone with a hot bad and poor fielding in these
    players. You can get a gold-glove quality player in a later round to play in
    the field and use your slugger as your DH.
    
    10. SP
        Notes: This is your forth man in the rotation. It is absolutely imperative
    that you have a left handed pitcher by now. You can exist with 5 righties, but
    having that left-hander may give you a distinct advantage against some teams.
    Same thing about youth and experience applies here as well.
    
    11. and 12. PP's
        Notes: Your next two picks will probably focus on getting your 6th and 7th
    batters. Essentially, these guys are going to be similar to your 2nd and 3rd
    hitters, but in reverse. Your 6th hitter should be a good hitter from at least
    one side of the plate. Make sure he compliments the guy in the 5-slot. If your
    5th hitter is strong from the right but a little weaker from the left, you
    might want to think about getting a 6th hitter who is a little stronger on the
    left side of the plate. Your 7th hitter should be another good hitter, one who
    is good on both sides of the plate. You'll want to use him to get RBI's when
    the middle of your order is on base.
    
    13. SP/RP
        Notes: This is probably where you want to get your 5th starter, but some
    may be eager to get a very good reliever in this spot. Your starter should be
    a young pitcher who you will build up over the years into your rotation. Don't
    worry about having a low stamina, just make sure he has good stuff. Should you
    choose the reliever, scroll down to Round 15 and see what you should be getting
    there. 
    
    14. PP
        Notes: We are filling out our order here so just keep two things in mind.
    One, if you don't have a catcher yet, this is where you might want to get him.
    Its quite possible you got a catcher earlier, but it can be a position that
    gets overlooked as catchers generally aren't great hitters. If you don't have
    one yet, he's probably going to be your 7th or 8th batter (depending on your
    league), so don't worry about his hitting too much. Just make sure you get the
    best defensive catcher toward the top of the list. If you do have a catcher,
    you might want to start thinking about getting that defensive fielder I spoke
    of earlier, especially if you are an AL team and have a DH who can't really
    field well.
    
    15. RP/SP
        Notes; Most of you will be picking a reliever here, but I put the SP here
    for those who switched this with the 13th Round. Go read that section if you
    are selecting your 5th starter here. Now for a relief pitcher, you are going
    to be looking for your set-up man here. Make sure this guy has some good stuff
    as he is going to serve as the bridge between your starter and your closer and
    you don't want a good game for your starter blown before your closer gets a
    chance to finish it up.
    
    16. RP
        Notes: This is probably going to be your main lower to middle inning
    reliever. This is going to be the guy you want in should your starter not get
    your team in a strong position to win and you want someone you hold down your
    opponent's bats as you start a rally with your own. This guy should have at
    least 3 pitches as most of the guys at this level do. Just don't take any of
    those guys with two pitches for this slot. You are going to need a variety of 
    pitches for this guy as he may be the one who wins a lot of your close games.
    
    17 and 18. PP's
        Notes: Its time to fill out your main position player roster here. If your
    a National League team, you'll be looking for strong backups. If you're an
    American League team, you are still going to be looking for a 9th hitter. Find
    a really fast guy as he will ultimately serve as a lead-off guy for the top of
    your order. Even if you are an NL team, speed might be something you want here
    as you may need a pinch runner as well. One more thing to do is to balance
    your lineup. If you have a guy who is really strong from one side of the plate
    and weak on the other (i.e. Trot Nixon, who is excellent from the right, but
    mediocre on the left), you may want to find a guy who counteracts that as a
    later inning replacement or perhaps even a starter in some games. Regardless,
    one of these guys should be of the caliber that if someone gets hurt or you
    need another starter, they can step up in this role. After these two rounds,
    you'll have the core of your team pretty much set.
    
    19. RP
        Notes: If you lack a left handed reliever, this is probably where you are
    going to want to pick one up. You should probably carry two lefties on your
    bullpen at least, so its crucial to have one by now. Think of this guy as the
    left-handed specialist, the kind of guy who you might just bring in to face
    one or two left-handed hitters and then put in one of your strong relievers.
    
    20. SP
        Notes: Technically, this guy is going to be a spot starter, but we'll be
    using him mostly to be a reliever. You'll want to find a guy with good stamina
    here though as you may need him to pitch in those games where your starter
    absolutely blows it and is out in the first few innings. Youth is also good
    here as in a couple of seasons, this guy could probably make it into your
    starting 5.
    
    21. PP
        Notes: This is pretty much an extension of the last two rounds you picked
    up position players. You want a good backup player here, probably one who can
    play a little defense and can hit pretty well. You'll probably be using this
    guy as a sub only, but he still needs to be pretty good. Make sure you have a
    good balance in your backups as well. If you don't have a backup infielder
    yet, make sure you pick one up here. Overall for your backups you'll probably
    want two outfielders, an infielder, a catcher, and another utility player
    (this will depend on whether you have a DH or not).
    
    22. RP
        Notes: You are just filling out your bullpen here, so just find the best
    availible guy who is to your liking. You may want to look for a young reliever
    here as they tend to run pretty cheap.
    
    23. RP/PP
        Notes: This is a matter of how big of a pitching staff you want. If you are
    drafting for an NL team, you may not need to have another reliever and instead
    have a backup to serve as a pinch hitter or runner. The choice is yours, but I
    think most people are going to go for a reliever.
    
    24. and 25. PP's
        Notes: Its time to fill out your whole roster. Not much to say here, just
    check out what I said about Round 21 in getting balance for your backups. You
    are probably going to want to just pick the fastest guy you can find in Round
    24 and just use him as a pinch runner. My guess is most people will probably
    use Round 25 to get a catcher, so just find one that compliments your other
    one nicely. Perhaps if your starting catcher is a little weak on the left side
    of the plate, you'll look for someone who is stronger on the left to bring in
    on later innings and to give your starter a day of rest here and there.
    
    That's it - your team is set to go capture glory.
    
    There is no AAA strategy here yet, but there may be one eventually.
    For now, if you want to pick your AAA team, you can follow this basic outline.
    There will never be an AA strategy as at that point, you are just picking the
    best available players.
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    V. Sample Drafts & Testimonials
    
    If you have run a draft using this guide, I encourage you to e-mail 
    me the results of your draft as well as any comments you have about it. I
    will then post your results in this section. Whether you have positive or 
    negative feedback, I want to hear how well this works for people.
    
    If you'd like to have your results posted here, e-mail me (see my
    address below). Please write the players you drafted in the order you 
    selected them, the number pick you were given, and optionally, write some 
    comments about how it all went. Should you finish a season using this team,
    you can later send me the results and I will post them along with your
    draft info. 
    
    As I receive these, they will go here. Expect a few of my own to be 
    posted as examples. 
    
    First, my own examples more or less using my strategy. 
    
    Fantasy Draft #1, Pick #20
    
    1.  SP T. Hudson
    2.  SS N. Garciaparra
    3.  CF J. Edmonds
    4.  SP K. Millwood
    5.  RP B. Koch
    6.  1B D. Lee
    7.  SP S. Estes
    8.  RF T. Salmon
    9.  CF R. Baldelli
    10. SP O. Perez (PIT)
    11. 3B M. DeRosa
    12. LF R. Johnson
    13. RP L. Hawkins
    14. 2B C. Figgins
    15. SP J. Benoit
    16. RP J. Colome
    17. C  V. Martinez
    18. 1B D. Segui
    19. RP A. Embree
    20. SP N. Neugebauer
    21. RF R. Ludwick
    22. RP M. Crudale
    23. RP P. Feliciano
    24. C  M. DuFelice
    25. SS H. Mateo
    
    -Team Ranking-
    Pitching - 12th
    Batting - 11th
    Fielding - 11th
    Base Running - 4th
    
    
    Fantasy Draft #2, Pick #5
    
    1.  LF A. Pujols
    2.  SP C. Schilling
    3.  SP B. Webb
    4.  3B M. Ensberg
    5.  RP F. Rodriguez
    6.  LF S. Stewart
    7.  SP K. Ishii
    8.  1B D. Mientkiewicz
    9.  C  P. Lo Duca
    10. SP A. Eaton
    11. CF R. Baldelli
    12. SS D. Eckstein
    13. RP J. Isringhausen
    14. 2B B. Roberts
    15. SP D. Oliver
    16. RP D. Baez
    17. RF C. Monroe
    18. 1B C. Baerga
    19. RP R. King
    20. SP J. Cruz
    21. RF R. Sierra
    22. RP S. Downs
    23. RP J. Brower
    24. C  B Estalella
    25. RF R. Cedeno
    
    -Team Ranking-
    Pitching - 2nd
    Batting - 16th
    Fielding - 9th
    Base Running - 6th
    
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    Copyright 2004 Heihachi Mushroom
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