FANALYTICS: The 5-Year Futures League, part 1

Back in the off-season, I wrote about an interesting exercise we conducted at First Pitch Arizona last fall. We assembled 12 of our speakers and had them participate in a very different type of mock draft.

In this draft, owners selected players that they would have to keep for five full seasons.

Drafting for five years requires a significant change to underlying draft strategies. Beyond the skills upsides we looked for in 2013 picks, factors such as age and health play a much greater role.

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