SCORESHEET FANTASY BASEBALL: AL DRAFT / RULES PACKET
AL Player List Explanation
Scoresheet has listed almost every player that is on an American League team 40-man winter roster, along with a few top prospects, and a few players who have been invited to spring training with an AL team. On the AL Player List, the first number at the beginning of each line is the player's Scoresheet Player Number. Listed next is the side from which he bats (for hitters), or throws (for pitchers). The next number listed is the player's age as of Opening Day. The last number represents the Scoresheet Fielding Range (described below), and the player's team name follows.
All players on the Scoresheet AL Player List WILL be eligible for drafting in Scoresheet Baseball American Leagues for the entirety of the current year, even if they are traded to the NL in the major leagues. (In other words, if you draft a player, you WILL KEEP HIM even if he is traded.) Similarly, Scoresheet will not allow you to draft anyone listed on the Scoresheet NL Player List. This rule is necessary to maintain fairness. For example, if Clayton Kershaw is traded to the Yankees in mid-March while Scoresheet drafts are taking place, and Scoresheet allowed him to be drafted in the AL at the time of his signing date, an owner could be drafting a star player in the 25th round!
Drafting Unlisted Players
You ARE allowed to draft any player that is not listed on either league's Scoresheet Player List, as long as he is signed by (or drafted by) an AL team or an AL-owned minor league team. If you list such a player on your player ranking list, you must submit his full name, current team affiliation, and position, to Scoresheet for him to be added to the draft eligible lists. NOTE: Scoresheet may include a few players on player lists that are unsigned when the lists are created. We include such players if it is determined that they are "too good" to be left with uncertainty for drafting, and we assign them a league based on with which team they ended the previous season. (Private leagues conducting their own drafts can change eligibility rules to their liking, but leagues that draft through Scoresheet must strictly abide by these drafting rules.)
Scoresheet has listed most players at their primary position from the previous season. In general, we have not tried to guess what position to where a player might move this year. However, for players who qualify at more than one position, we have tried to list them at the position we believe most Scoresheet owners will feel they are the most valuable. When judging a player's worth at a particular position, we consider his fielding range, and the strength of the position overall. The position listed only matters for Roster Balancing draft procedures. Once the season begins, you may play a player at other positions. However, only qualified catchers can play catcher in Scoresheet; and only players who qualify at any one of either second base, shortstop or third base can be used at any of those three positions. Please see the detailed information regarding fielding statistics for out-of-position penalties. Further, your pitchers' performances will suffer significantly when you have fielders playing out of position. Under the position headings on the Scoresheet Player Lists, players are listed in order of the number of major league plate appearances (or innings pitched) they had in the previous season - the lists are NOT meant to be an ordering of how good we consider players to be. For instance, a better player may have been injured last year, thus appearing near the end of the list at his position.