HOW TO: Drafting

Ever wish BaseHit had a cheat sheet? Some place you could go for advice on how to evaluate players or build a winning team? Maybe you’re thinking about making some major changes to your roster and aren’t sure how to go about it. Well you’re in luck, because all of that and more is explained in the new 'How To' pages.


The draft is the most important part of the regular season, and can set your team up for years of success when done properly. The draft list drops every season on April 15th and can be found on the team page under the owner tab, or on the franchise page under the team drop-down.

If you are going to be busy when your draft slot is coming up, make sure to order the next few players on the list and ensure you get somebody you want.

When you're drafting, most people go with best available over a specific need. You don’t want to be caught reaching on a subpar player who fills a need when there is an all-star caliber player still available. Many owners prefer to draft starting pitching and middle infield range above pure hitters at the top of the draft, because great players with these qualities are hard to find. However, some hitters may play just enough defense or have a bat like prime Albert Pujols and you could regret passing on them.

Draft depth breaks down into several tiers. The first tier is the surefire HOFer available in the first 3 picks in a draft. From there, you can usually find all-stars in the top 8-12 picks. In picks 13-22, you can find very useful players and steady building blocks. Picks 23-36 are one trick pony guys, development risks and bench players. Anything after that is usually pretty worthless. You may even draft a low salary scrub in the last live portion of the draft, as they can be handy when setting your FOA.