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February 15, 2013

BP Announcements

Scoresheet Draft Aid 2013

by Rob McQuown

Last year, Baseball Prospectus introduced the Scoresheet Draft Aid to help Scoresheet Baseball players with their drafts. And many got to see a free trial last March. Since its inception, the most common piece of feedback by Scoresheet players who have used it is that it's "too good" and that it levels the playing field, erasing the edge that can be gained by an opponent through hours, days, or even months of research. This year, BP has welcomed Tim Collins, a new member of the tech team who is helping make it even better than the inaugural edition! So, look for upcoming improvements, including incorporation of the new prospect rankings by Jason Parks.

First, a recap of the basic functionality: Scoresheet Draft Aid is a tool to help with Scoresheet Baseball drafts, powered by PECOTA. (And remember that any "/fantasy" URL on the site can be accessed using "/f" instead, which can be useful for avoiding filters). To find the Scoresheet Draft Aid in the future, simply click on "Fantasy" on the main menu, which takes you to a page with this sub-menu:

For those who don't know much about Scoresheet Baseball, it's a simulation game with the current season being the basis for the simulation results, giving it the excitement of fantasy baseball combined with the realism of a simulation game. The site (http://www.scoresheet.com) offers a lot of information to help new players become familiar with the game, including how to order a team (there's a much-reduced price for newcomers) and even a recent Podcast with yours truly. Many public league drafts will be starting on March 1, so if you're interested, now is a great time to try it out.

But I'm not here to plug Scoresheet baseball, I'm here to help people WIN at it. To do that, I'll walk through the first steps I took to prepare for my NL Public League (#300):

People who are familiar with Team Tracker will find that loading a Team Tracker team from a Scoresheet team (an automated process described in the initial article about Draft Aid) in one window is a good starting point.  After that, I open another browser window, pull up the new Scoresheet Draft Aid, and select my league from the pulldown box there:

If I click on "(show)" by the Batter Glossary entry, it explains some of the new stats:

Ditto for pitchers:

It's best just to dive into the Draft Aid and experience it for yourself—for Scoresheet owners, notice that only the players available in your chosen league show up. The columns can be sorted by whichever stat is needed (my personal favorite is R-TAv, though Ben Murphy prefers SSSIM). The display can show as few as 10 or as many as 100 players. For spreadsheet addicts, it can be exported to your favorite format. Obviously, the biggest advantage comes for the Scoresheet game system, since a couple factors are built into the product—righty/lefty platoon advantages and defensive range—and a specific league can be loaded. But for people who don't have a Scoresheet team, choosing the top option ("(Select Your League Below)") displays all players and gives an interesting perspective on future value for baseball players in general, and also for fantasy games and other simulation games such as Strat-O-Matic (though there's always the delayed gratification of waiting an entire year to see how the cards look in that type of game).

NOTE: After the initial release, two powerful new features were added to the Draft Aid program, and will be available again soon in 2013, though with Jason Parks' prospect lists instead of Kevin Goldstein's:

#1 Prospects, courtesy of Kevin Goldstein (example is taken live from P-NL300, a league I participate in):

#2: Spring Statistics (reached by clicking the link labeled "See Spring Stats for these Players" under the Scoresheet Draft Aid heading):

With apologies to Scoresheet owners who are losing their edge, we hope everyone enjoys this feature with their Fantasy or Premium Subscription and excels not only in the preseason draft, but also during the tricky in-season drafts as well. Not a subscriber yet? Just click here!

Rob McQuown is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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jj0501

Thanks, Rob. Many Scoresheet players, like myself, appreciate this very much. I look forward to this year's Sean Doolittle, and other hidden gems amidst the mine field of supplemental drafts.

Feb 15, 2013 05:15 AM
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vydra3

I also really like this tool, really valuable for those who play Scoresheet. But it doesn't seem quite ready yet - missing data for players (Trout not in top 100?), the Excel export doesn't work (need to save as file, and use Excel import tool), and the league selection doesn't seem to adjust the list except by AL/NL.



Feb 15, 2013 05:48 AM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

I'm investigating now about Trout - player lists are being pulled directly from an application provided by Scoresheet Baseball for this purpose, so there's no inherent reason for anyone to be missing.

Feb 15, 2013 06:02 AM
 
BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Individual leagues should work, but with multiple users using the system, the "*" league isn't working correctly for now. Working on a repair now.

Feb 15, 2013 06:11 AM
 
BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Should be much better now - sorry for the inconvenience.

Feb 15, 2013 06:26 AM
 
vydra3

I can confirm the Excel export works now. And I see Trout and more players, so the data feed issue also looks to be fixed.

However, I don't think the league aspect (where it omits players based on grabbing rosters from Scoresheet) is yet ready, I am guessing most lists shouldn't have MCabrera or Trout at the top since they were protected in most leagues.

Feb 15, 2013 07:17 AM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

It was working earlier, I changed some stuff to make the "*" leagues work okay. Will have it restored in moments.

Feb 15, 2013 07:28 AM
 
jj0501

I'm seeing all players for my public AL league, not just the available. Did something change from last year or did I forget to do something ? Thanks.

Feb 15, 2013 07:03 AM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Player lists should all be okay now.

Feb 15, 2013 07:34 AM
 
digiderek

Really? I'm totally empty player lists and empty spreadsheets.

Feb 15, 2013 07:36 AM
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digiderek

Er "I'm GETTING totally empty player lists..."

I'm not empty. I just had breakfast. :P

Feb 15, 2013 07:37 AM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

League?

Feb 15, 2013 07:42 AM
 
BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Ah, I see - another problem with "*" leagues - fixing now.

Feb 15, 2013 07:43 AM
 
digiderek

Just tried again and it's working for me!

Feb 15, 2013 07:43 AM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Alright, we're still showing a few players as available who are not, such as Mike Napoli in my BL_Kings league. This appears to be something involving the interface with the Scoresheet site, and we're in contact with them. But otherwise, things should be golden now.

Feb 15, 2013 08:15 AM
 
BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Mike Napoli and Shaun Marcum and some other "name" players are "X" players on the Scoresheet site. Those will show up as "available" in every league, but this will sort itself out as Scoresheet gives these guys player numbers.

It's working as designed, so be sure to double-check your Scoresheet league page if someone is available who probably shouldn't be.

Feb 15, 2013 10:21 AM
 
lyon812

I must be missing something, because I don't see the options to choose "#1 prospects" or "spring training stats". Obviously, there aren't any ST stats yet, but the prospect list would come in handy. Is this something coming later?

Feb 15, 2013 08:51 AM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Yep, as noted: "[...] look for upcoming improvements, including incorporation of the new prospect rankings by Jason Parks."

Feb 15, 2013 09:00 AM
 
BP staff member Tim Collins
BP staff

Jason's top 100 prospects will be a feature added in a future iteration. Get excited!

Feb 15, 2013 09:47 AM
 
lyon812

Very excited. =) Thanks for clearing this up, I look forward to it!

Feb 21, 2013 10:40 AM
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brooklyn55

Rob - this is golden! Hope you can hear the applause.
jdm

Feb 15, 2013 10:35 AM
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tpollex

This is great. However, when I select two of my leagues (NL JABO and NL Double Steal) no players are listed. When I select a different league it does load.

Feb 15, 2013 15:45 PM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Got the problems with those league straightened out. Sorry for the trouble.

Feb 15, 2013 15:55 PM
 
tpollex

No trouble at all - this is a great tool!!

Feb 15, 2013 16:29 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

This rocked for me last year. As an aside, I also had Tim Collins on my Scoresheet team ;)

Didn't protect him as a keeper though...

Feb 15, 2013 19:04 PM
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BP staff member Tim Collins
BP staff

unacceptable!

Feb 26, 2013 17:20 PM
 
smallflowers

Thank you Rob!

Feb 15, 2013 20:49 PM
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dd131005

Not working for my new subscription. Can't see any players for NL_Pure_Prarie.

Feb 26, 2013 16:56 PM
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BP staff member Tim Collins
BP staff

this should be working now

Feb 26, 2013 17:20 PM
 
dd131005

work now. Thank you!

Feb 26, 2013 17:17 PM
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doublesteel

Why is Nakajima's LTav' higher than his RTav'? Scoresheet doesn't list Nakajima's platoon splits and all right-handed hitting Scoresheet rookies get the standard split for all rookies (i.e., vs RHP .001, .024, .021; vs LHP -.004, -.010, -.009). Unless I have bad info, shouldn't the BP SS draft tool rely exclusively on the SS platoon split multipliers when spitting out projected LTav's and RTav's based on any basic Tav BP projects for any SS rookie? When you click on the SS platoon splits links in draft aid glossary entry under LTav' and R'Tav, there is no Nakajima platoon split to be found. In that case shouldn't the default split apply to all right handed hitting SS rookies like Nakajima? And I was getting all excited about draft tool's projected .281 LTav' for Nakajima! Look, I know it's even more difficult to project MLB performance from NPB imports than others, but my question relates solely to how the calculation is being made.

Mar 15, 2013 14:03 PM
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doublesteel

Doh! You can now completely ignore my question. I answered it! My info was indeed bad ... I inadvertently inverted the default SS platoon splits for rookies. AND, in my cloud of self-imposed confusion, I forgot to thank you guys for such a great draft aid.

Mar 15, 2013 14:14 PM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

From the Scoresheet site, the adjustments are:

BAvR OBvR SLvR BAvL OBvL SLvL
Rookie RHB -4 -8 -11 11 20 27
Rookie LHB 7 10 17 -21 -30 -50
Rookie BHB -1 1 1 3 -1 -2

http://www.scoresheet.com/FOR_WWW/LR_diffs.txt

Mar 15, 2013 14:14 PM
 
digiderek

Derek Norris is forecast to have 523 at bats? Doesn't that seem a bit on the high side?

Feb 04, 2014 13:45 PM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Forwarded this comment to dc@baseballprospectus.com

Feb 04, 2014 13:49 PM
 
digiderek

Of course, I should have typed plate appearance rather than at bats. Still seems high to me. Also, I'm curious to know how Daniel Nava is projected to have 642 plate appearances.

Feb 04, 2014 15:18 PM
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BP staff member Tim Collins
BP staff

Derek-- Thanks for your feedback. Norris is projected to get the lion's share of time at catcher this season. A thing I did miss on was giving Vogt a little time, which I'll rectify in my next update. Good catch.

As far as Nava goes, he's the beneficiary of both being on the right side of the platoon in left, but also being versatile enough to play first, and right field. With CF a little uncertain and the chance Victorino plays there more frequently than in 2013-- I see Nava getting a lot of time in those 3 spots. Additionally, his PAs are boosted by spending a lot of time at or near the top the lineup.

Feb 05, 2014 06:05 AM
 
digiderek

As a Derek Norris owner (and Oakland A's fan), I hope you're right but I still think you're being overly optimistic about Norris this year. He's been dreadful against right handed pitching and until that changes I have to think that Vogt will get the majority of ABs. Of course, time will tell and I do hope I'm proven wrong.

Feb 05, 2014 15:43 PM
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