2037.23 How Do Thy Fix Y.I.?

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2037.23 How Do Thy Fix Y.I.?

Post by ae37jr » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:29 pm

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Could lightning strike twice as Robins find a $10 million lottery ticket while dumpster diving.

Every year shortly after New Years day, teams all across the Brewster flex their financial muscle in what is known as the International Draft. It's an event where the best of the best young players from around the world get a chance to sign a BBA deal with the team of their choosing. Of course it's not that innocent in spirit. It's a cut throat process where the selection is most often rectified by a closed bid auction to secure a large signing bonus.

The Brooklyn Robins have largely steered clear of this process. It's a team philosophy that it's just a waste of money. Sure they have signed a player here and there. Mostly players in the deeper end of the pool who are cost effective. But they have yet to shell out top dollar offers to attract the big fish.

However, the Robins keep track of the comings and goings of said International finds. They have had great success in cashing in on other teams impatience. You need not look further then the Robins #2 starter Francisco Ruiz (10/6/4 Talents). Ruiz was given $231,000 by the Louisville Sluggers back in 2026. In 2028 without ever playing one game of professional ball, the Sluggers and their "genius" of a GM cut ties with the then 19 year old Dominican hurler. Brooklyn was quick to pick him up as their farm system lacked age appropriate depth.

It was not an instant success. Ruiz posted a 5.90 ERA in his first pro season. There were many lumps and bumps along the way. He didn't fully look like a BBA pitcher until his 6th season with the franchise. He was on the chopping block several times and offered up in trades as well. Luckily nobody wanted him. I can't say I blame them. He was a wild thing till he tweak his motion and learned to throw strikes.

Ruiz is probably the exception to the rule. But he is not alone. We've had multiple success stories with this approach. We are of the belief that if you are a young player, you are capable of coming back from any lump. It doesn't always happen. But it does.

So when the Robins saw the name Kwang-chih Ec (4/6/1 Talents) on the release wire, a light bulb immediately went off. Wasn't that the uber international prospect who signed for 8 figures and was involved in a couple of blockbuster trades? And he is only 19? And he is left handed? And he is free? There is no reason not to take a shot.

Sure, his ratings look like hot garbage right now. Ruiz looked like trash back in 2029 too. But maybe, just maybe if we invest the playing time in him, he'll be a high reward player. One can only hope. And if not, at least it didn't cost us $15 million to find out.
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Re: 2037.23 How Do Thy Fix Y.I.?

Post by recte44 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:35 pm

Yeah, he lumped to oblivion in my system. Badly and quickly.
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Re: 2037.23 How Do Thy Fix Y.I.?

Post by ae37jr » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:41 pm

He's got a short, but really nice looking stat line this season. Only 2 walks in 23 innings. 1.2 WAR. I think cause he was traded and had to play as a raw 17 year old, it set him back. Not saying he will be what we first thought he may be, but he'll be a BBA pitcher someday.
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Re: 2037.23 How Do Thy Fix Y.I.?

Post by recte44 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:59 pm

Sounds like the makings of a wager...
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Re: 2037.23 How Do Thy Fix Y.I.?

Post by Ted » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:04 pm

I've never really known how I feel about the lump to nothing then surging rebound development track. I think it's probably fine, but my initial impression is one of dislike. Largely, I think that's because I feel OOTP's development tracks are still entirely too unidirectional. So this feels like two versions of something I don't like lumped into one player. I wish there was more slight change to potential in many players year to year, in lots of different directions. Not just, everything up one two or three times in a row, or everything down one two or three times in a row, or everything down then everything up, etc.
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Re: 2037.23 How Do Thy Fix Y.I.?

Post by usnspecialist » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:38 pm

recte44 wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:35 pm
Yeah, he lumped to oblivion in my system. Badly and quickly.
Ya I'm glad I dumped that turd on you when I did...
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Re: 2037.23 How Do Thy Fix Y.I.?

Post by ae37jr » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:39 pm

recte44 wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:59 pm
Sounds like the makings of a wager...
I'm up for a bet. Just remember, I'm about to do a lengthy rebuild. There is likely to be some bad pitchers rolling through these parts in a couple of years.
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Re: 2037.23 How Do Thy Fix Y.I.?

Post by felipe » Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:33 am

Interesting

I’ll admit I always dump the lumpers

But this guy and was it wareham? May make me rethink this

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