@Ottoneu League 52 — Auction Results

Our Ottoneu league completed its 3rd auction last night – as the league has matured it seems fair to say that that the auction takes on slightly less importance each season, but that is not to say it isn’t one of the highlights of the year.  Full results of the auction can be found here, but a few of the highlights:

  1. Mike Trout (who was voted off my team at $22) was the first player auctioned and sold for $64.
  2. A total of 151 players were auctioned at a total cost of $1,257.
  3. Two owners (of which I was one) won the fewest players (8) while two other owners auctioned 16 players each
  4. The smallest amount spent in the auction was $42 (me, 8 players), followed by the Shoeless Joes ($43 on 16 players).
  5. The Knights spent the most auction money ($173 on 16 players).

Some personal thoughts on the best picks and biggest head scratchers:

  1. Trout going at $64 is of course high (and I held the $5 coupon on him, but wasn’t going to go much over $50) but probably not unexpected.
  2. Bidding wars broke out over both Ian Desmond ($38) and Matt Harvey ($32), and interestingly the same owner won both players.  Harvey flashed ace upside last year and Desmond plays the scarcest position on the diamond, but both seemed a bit pricey.
  3. Jurickson Profar is the unquestioned best prospect in baseball, but after consecutive years of Strasburg, Trout and Harper, I wonder if the $29 price tag he carries will have him back in the auction pool come Spring of 2014.
  4. On the other side of the equation, bidding topped out on Adrian Gonzalez at $27 (about $10 below his average value in LWTS leagues), and Jesus Montero went for only $12, which strikes me as potentially delivering post-prospect hype profit.  Despite Ricky Romero’s disastrous 2012 campaign, he’s shown an ability to deliver in the AL East and for $1 was a nice upside pick.
  5. Most owners thought I was being disingenuous as I have ranted for weeks about relief pitchers, but I exit the auction with a full 40 Man roster (41, actually, because Felipe Paulino is on the 60 day DL recovering from Tommy John surgery) and only 1 relief pitcher (Carter Capps, whom I like well enough, but really was just trying to get another owner to spend a few extra $$$ on.)

Our league commissioner is currently digesting the new lineups and may come out with projections or predictions, which I will pass along.  One of the things I am most interested to test is whether or not my comments about the auction “not mattering” will look better or dumber as the season progresses.



About Bill Porter

Bill is an aspiring sportswriter (attorney by day) born in Washington DC, raised in New York, and currently living in San Francisco with his wife Kirsten and two spazzy labs, Fletch and Bear. Follow me on Twitter at @wfporter1972
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