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10.0 Minor Leagues

10.1 Eligibility

In addition to the active roster and taxi squad, a team may field a minor league roster of up to 10 players.  These players may be either hitters or pitchers in any combination.  Players may be either in the “real” major or minor leagues.  However, the BWB minor league roster is limited to players whose salary is 250 or less.

 

Players can be transferred between the active roster and the minor leagues an unlimited number of times.  Changes are made during the normal roster change procedure.
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10.2 Minor League Competition

The minor league teams will compete against each other throughout the season.  The only statistics that will count for the minor league season will be those actually played in the minors.  Players who are on the fantasy minor league roster, but currently on a major league team will not be included.

 

Note: Players on taxi squads earn no minor league points.

Players on the prospects roster will earn minor league points.

10.2.1 Scoring

Modified 4/3/18

Scoring uses one of the traditional Rotisserie formats - a 5x5 approach in the following areas:
 

Hitters

Pitchers

Batting Average

ERA

Runs

Wins

HR

Saves Innings Pitched

RBI

K

SB

WHIP (Walks & Hits per IP)

 

2018 change: Innings pitched replaces saves.  Past experience shows that most teams will total zero saves and the top teams have only a handful - most teams are not stocking minor league closers on their minor leauge rosters.

 

Teams are ranked by each category.  The top team in a category will receive 16 points, the 2nd place will get 15, etc.  After totaling up the 10 categories, the teams are ranked by total points.  Winning each category would earn you a perfect score of 160.

10.2.2 Season Schedule

Statistics will be collected from your minor league roster at the end of the year with these conditions:

  • The player must appear on the minor league or prospect rosters at least once between Weeks 4 and 23
  • The total number of weeks the player is on the minor league or prospect rosters between Weeks 4 and 23 will be tallied.  Weeks where a player is on the major league roster or on the taxi squad will not count.
  • The number of weeks a player appears on a team's minor league or prospect rosters between Weeks 4 and 23 will determine a percentage mulitplier for each player in this fashion:
    • 16+ weeks - 100%
    • 11-15 weeks - 75%
    • 6-10 weeks - 50%
    • 5 or fewer weeks - 25%
    • Exception - if a player has fewer than 50 AB or 25 IP in the minor leagues for the season, but qualifies for stats, their stat multiplier is 100%
  • The stat multiplier is multiplied by the season's total stats in the listed categories
  • Each player's total Iafter the multiplier factor) is added to the team total

 

10.2.3 Special Scoring Notes

Since some of the scoring categories involve averages, and not all BWB teams carry a full minor league roster, there is a need to define a minimum number of at bats and innings pitched to score well.  Additionally, those teams that have some statistics for batting or pitching in minor leagues, but don't qualify for minimums should score better than teams with no minor league players at all.  Thus the following adjustments will be made.

  • Teams with 0 AB: Adjusted Team Batting Average = .000
  • Teams with < minimum AB: Adjusted Team Batting Average = .001
  • Teams with 0 IP: Adjusted ERA = 100.00  Adjusted WHIP = 100.00
  • Teams with < minimum IP: Adjusted ERA = 50.00   Adjusted WHIP = 50.00

Minimum AB = 20 * number of weeks.  We're tracking 20 weeks of rosters, so the minimum AB = 400

Minimum IP = 5 * number of weeks.  We're tracking 20 weeks of rosters, so the minimum IP = 100

 

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