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Draft Strategy (Pitching)

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:01 am
by theearly90s
I have the 2nd, 5th, and 15th overall pick in a 10-team league. I keep AGonz in the third round and Jennings in the 18th. I do not have a 4th round pick. Do I dare go with 3 bats in the first two rounds and not select a pitcher until the 5th round? My lineup would be nuts but should I grab a pitcher with the 15th overall pick?

Re: Draft Strategy (Pitching)

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:25 am
by AdmiralTrey
If your league values pitching the same way that a typical league does, I wouldn't worry about taking a pitcher until the 5th round... You can still get half of the SP's in Grey's top 20 list in the 5th round and later of most drafts.

Re: Draft Strategy (Pitching)

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:37 pm
by pythons007
In a 10 team league, I'd wait until the 8-10th round before drafting a pitcher. There are a buttload of SP out there in a 10 team league that will be available in those rounds. LIMA rule is going to be the best draft strategy this year. Go by this rule and you'll win your league.

Re: Draft Strategy (Pitching)

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:46 pm
by logan81901
what is LIMA rule?

Re: Draft Strategy (Pitching)

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:18 pm
by johnwhorfin
In a 10 team league, I'd wait until the 8-10th round before drafting a pitcher. There are a buttload of SP out there in a 10 team league that will be available in those rounds. LIMA rule is going to be the best draft strategy this year. Go by this rule and you'll win your league.
Agree entirely. I have been waiting on pitching for 3 years now, and in most of my leagues, I tend to finish in the top third in pitching. Not always top notch across the board, but certainly within my tolerance if I want to try and win it all.

Re: Draft Strategy (Pitching)

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:19 pm
by AdmiralTrey
what is LIMA rule?

It's basically a strategy in which you wait and take a bunch of high upside pitchers at a very low cost and spend the rest of your picks or money on hitters. It's named for Jose Lima, but I think it stands for Low Investment Mound and then whatever the A would be... I've used this strategy several times and have been competitive with it, but it's honestly not very effective in competitive leagues where everyone knows what they're doing because the list of cheap breakout candidate pitchers that you have is probably a list that everyone else already has, too.

Re: Draft Strategy (Pitching)

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:26 am
by pythons007
what is LIMA rule?

It's basically a strategy in which you wait and take a bunch of high upside pitchers at a very low cost and spend the rest of your picks or money on hitters. It's named for Jose Lima, but I think it stands for Low Investment Mound and then whatever the A would be... I've used this strategy several times and have been competitive with it, but it's honestly not very effective in competitive leagues where everyone knows what they're doing because the list of cheap breakout candidate pitchers that you have is probably a list that everyone else already has, too.
But it should be more than effective with all the breakouts last year, pitchers coming off injury, and pitchers that might have had down years. There are seriously a buttload of SP out there that you really don't have to worry about drafting a top tier guy. Even if you don't draft good pitching, and you have a bunch of stud hitters you'll have the resources to pull of a big trade SP.

Re: Draft Strategy (Pitching)

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:29 pm
by johnwhorfin
LIMA=Low Investment Mound Aces
Coined by someone on BaseballHQ I believe, and definitely referred initially to Jose Lima.

Re: Draft Strategy (Pitching)

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:34 pm
by AdmiralTrey
what is LIMA rule?

It's basically a strategy in which you wait and take a bunch of high upside pitchers at a very low cost and spend the rest of your picks or money on hitters. It's named for Jose Lima, but I think it stands for Low Investment Mound and then whatever the A would be... I've used this strategy several times and have been competitive with it, but it's honestly not very effective in competitive leagues where everyone knows what they're doing because the list of cheap breakout candidate pitchers that you have is probably a list that everyone else already has, too.
But it should be more than effective with all the breakouts last year, pitchers coming off injury, and pitchers that might have had down years. There are seriously a buttload of SP out there that you really don't have to worry about drafting a top tier guy. Even if you don't draft good pitching, and you have a bunch of stud hitters you'll have the resources to pull of a big trade SP.

Yeah, that's true. I mean, conceivably you could draft Wainwright and Josh Johnson late and if they're healthy and pitch at 100% could be two top tier SP1's. The chances of that happening though, aren't great. LIMA is risky, and rarely does everything pan out, but it's usually worth the risk.

Oh, BTW, EFF YOU, FRANCISCO LIRIANO!