The picture on the left is the view out my front door. The one on the right is out the back porch, showing a nice accumulation of snow on the patio furniture. We had intentions of covering the furniture with a tarp for winter, but since its been in roughly this state since early November we’ll just roll with it uncovered until spring and see what happens. At any rate, in this winter wonderland surrounding me, now is the perfect time to think about spring (please spring, come any time now) and … fantasy baseball!
Yes, consider this your pre-official introduction to the introduction to fantasy baseball season at DraftBuddy.com. The official welcome back is yet to come, but as some fantasy sites are starting to roll we wanted to get the word out that we will be back after a nice pre-season of fantasy baseball content a year ago.
Last year represented a step up from previous efforts providing the Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddy, Fantasy Baseball Version, to our CC/DB Fantasy Football Version users. In 2010 we created our own modest Draft Kit including Rick Milleman’s projections (included in the Compiler of course), rankings, sleepers, busts and a handful of articles such as his popular Consensus Top Prospects chart.
We also had the honor of publishing Scott Rudicil’s (a.k.a. Bodhizefa) Tiers of Starting Pitching, your ultimate pre-season guide to help draft your fantasy pitching rotation. Antonio D’Arcangelis helped us out tremendously with his Tiers of Relief Pitching, including closer rankings.
For my part, in addition to the Compiler, Draft Buddy, Projection Pal and all the tech support that went with that, I created some demo videos on YouTube which were popular (and not as easy to do as my natural acting talent made it look). We added player stats, player pages and depth charts to the website, plus games played by position. The stats pages are now updated for the 2010 season.
We also had some great discussion in the baseball forum and sponsored the inaugural DB.com Whitey Herzog fantasy baseball league, which was hotly contested all season by CC/DB customers and went right down to the wire with yours truly finally finishing in top spot. Wow, it was a great league last year and seriously was a battle at the top with a new number one team swapping into that first spot almost daily for a long stretch. I feel lucky to have pulled that one out at the end.
Okay, that is the review of what we accomplished in 2010. For 2011, we plan to take another step forward with our fantasy baseball content to make it an even better year than last year. Without giving too much away, and mostly, because nothing is set in stone and I don’t want to over-promise, let me just tell you where we are at now and when to expect we’ll get ourselves really rolling:
- Compiler and Draft Buddy for 2011 are in development currently. I always feel like mad scientist Dr. Frankenstein when I’m in this stage rolling over the prior year CC/DB to the new year. “It’s alive!”
- As mentioned, player stats are up from the 2010 season.
- We are working on the depth charts as I type this. They will be continuously updated through spring training and the updates included in the Compiler.
- Mock Draft Central agreed to give us access to their Average Draft Position (ADP) data to include in the Compiler this year. That will be great, and thanks MDC!
- In case you haven’t noticed, Rick continued to provide some fantasy articles the past couple months with his deep prospects series, the latest of which profiled Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.
- Rick is working on the projections and we’re going to get him cued up to fill the 2011 Draft Kit with as much content as his students, wife and kids will let him accomplish the next three months. At least he doesn’t have to shovel any snow – much.
- I would love us to have another fantasy baseball league or leagues with CC/DB customers. We’ll fill the Robbie Alomar league first and if we have enough interest, the Bert Byleven league after that.
Okay, I’d better get back to work. If you’d like to help contribute to DraftBuddy.com to get your baseball acumen published, then drop me an email so we can discuss it. Or if you just see something that isn’t working right let me know that too. Feedback is always welcome and helps us improve to get where we are going. Thanks for your time.