When I do a review of any book or a new tool
that might help other Strat Gamers with their
level of play, I always look at it from the
perspective of all of the gamers who will be using it.
I like to make sure that when working with the
guide itself that it is very easy to do and that
every nuisance, capability and aspect linked to
it's use is also fully explained. Anyway, this is my way of how I look at
new strategy tools.
So let's first talk about what you will receive with this
Draft Guide. As stated before, all
the players who will receive their first Strat
Baseball Card are fully evaluated. The Panel
looked at five areas of each players performance
capabilities that includes:
How well did they perform in 2016. What is
the expectation of their future career, for you
see as we all know, young prospects sometimes
take a few years to get going. And how
durable will their
play be (vs. not being injury prone) going forward.
A ranking system of 1-5 was used in these
evaluations with "1" being the worse and "5" being
the best. The image presented from the
draft guide at the
beginning of this page is not fully complete
however. There is also two other evaluation
categories: for each positional player (the hitters)
they were similarly ranked for their offensive and
defensive abilities while each pitcher was ranked
upon the variety of their pitches and the command of their
pitches. Finally as you can see from our example
shown above, the Evaluator also wrote a powerful comment
to describe the player as he is at present and
comments about their future potential as well.
beauty of this guide and where it shines is we
are able to use a built-in function in MS Excel
where you can literally sort through this list
within the guide, in any way you wish. You
could quickly just view, for example, those
players who are rank a "5" in the future or the
positional players who are a "5" offensively. Or
conversely, you can
view which players are a certain age like 22, or
just sort all the players by age if you wish
(using the built-in sort capability).
There is no limit how you can view these
Another aspect shown in our snapshot view of the
draft guide above is that
each player is given an overall ranking
value - Points from 5-25, or an actual ranking
index from 1-5. Within the guide, the
initial ranking page shows all of the players
being sorted by
their overall ranking value. But also, we
have gone one step farther and given to you, two
other ranking pages which are shown by the main playing
positions for each player so you can find that best young and
upcoming 1B or pitcher depending upon the needs for your team.
Plus in the back of the guide, in the appendix,
is a done for you ready worksheet that you can print the
entire ranking listings.
if this isn't enough to help you, there are also
included two Stat pages, one for the hitters
(the positional players) and one for the
Pitchers to show you how they did in 2016
including their lefty-righty stats as well.
For my money, the USBN Essential Draft Guide
team not only did their homework but they added
extra features to make your life much easier
that I haven't seen in similar guides before.
Every part of it
is simple to use and fully explained so you don't have
to be a computer jock to immediately dig into the guide's
important data. So, whether you are
an expert with Excel spreadsheets or just a
newbie you will be able to use this guide
quickly with a minimal of efforts and obtain the
key information you require to make
thoughtful draft picks for your team.
There is even a very detailed instruction page
that will make sure you don't get lost and have
a good idea of what you are doing. Plus,
the latest edition of the guide has the 3
classification of the players added so you can
view just those players that your league allows
to be drafted. This is
one complete package.
was able to solicit a comment from Bart Ewing,
who is one of the evaluators mentioned before, about his
experience and he wrote to me:
was a (very) cool project ... I think this is
going to be the best guide of its type ever
produced for Strat ..."
From Marc Wass, the initiator of the guide,
"It is a pleasure to bring to our community such
a great tool for the Strat-o-matic gamer to use
when planning their upcoming drafts. I have
always enjoyed the extra resources that other
fanatics (like myself) have brought into the
community in years past, so I thought there was
a void for this type of draft guide and that we
could do it .... and so we did!"
from the Draft Guide Coordinator, Doug
Brunet, as part of his message to the users of
the guide that is share within, "On behalf of everyone at the Ultimate
Strat Baseball Newsletter, we greatly
appreciate your interest in our 2017
Draft Guide. I consider it an honor to
have managed this project. Truthfully,
itís been a labor of love. Itís been
also one of respect for all of you Strat
players who are, most likely, as crazy
and obsessed as I am."
And finally a few comments from those who
already purchase the guide when it was initially
released in the middle part of January:
Hi - I am enjoying using the guide and
especially like the individual comments about
the players - they go beyond the numbers and the
guide saves me the time of having to look up
each player myself! Thanks --
The draft guide you produced is as good, or
better (closer to better) than any other guide
of it's type I've seen, and priced more than
Just received the Ultimate Draft Guide.
It is different than anything I've used
before. It focuses on first-year
players and evaluates them by position
as to their current and future value.
Loving the insights! I feel this has to
give me a leg-up on my competitors.
Remember all's fair...............
Finally no review is complete unless we also
take a look at what might be expanded within
this draft guide as its development continues
onward into the future. One quick question
we might pose is, "are only 5 categories to rank
the full value of an up and coming player
enough?". So I would propose there might
be other aspects (categories) for each player's
abilities that could be added to the guide at
some point. Next, is a ranking from 1-5
enough, could this be expanded to 1-10 or 1-100
(as was proposed by one of the evaluators
themselves)? Maybe too, the guide could
offer for each player, a link to an on-line
scouting report that a reader of the guide could
also read rather than trying to find one on
their own? Anyway, just a few other
thoughts for consideration at this guide unfolds
in its evolution.
There has been a lot of thought put into the
making of the 2017 USBN Essential Draft Guide,
as the USBN Team (both staff and our guest
evaluators) for it all are Strat Baseball
Gamers just like you. They have thought
about what they would want see in a guide such
as this, if one
even though I was only a small part of the
creation of (some help with the final
editing and formatting) the 2017 USBN Essential Draft
Guide, I can tell you that it was utterly and completely a team
effort and it definitely shows in the final product.
I daresay, I think the draft guide came out far
better than any of us could initially visualize
I highly highly recommend you take a good look
at this guide. It will absolutely help you to
know which of these young carded players
coming out in a strat card for the first time in the new set should certainly be on
your team or teams. I think for the price
the Draft Guide Team is charging, it's a steal
with all the power and features you are
going to be getting. As a matter of fact,
through the process of doing this guide, I now
have found an easier way to work with the Ratings
Book that Strat-o-matic releases each year to do
the multiple sorting views of the information
that I desire to read without working so hard.
There is no doubt whatsoever, with our Draft
Guide and the Ratings Books, you will have everything
at your fingertips.
am very proud to have been associated with this
group of creative gamers and you can be sure
that the Essential Draft Guide will be a key
tool offered by the newsletter for years to come
that no doubt will always see new improvements and
enhancements. Maybe you may even consider to
join our team going forward!
success in your league, tournament and replay
editor, Ultimate Strat Baseball Newsletter.
so if you are ready to order your copy see below
HOW TO PLACE YOUR ORDER AND WHAT HAPPENS
have set it up for you to order your copy of the
2017 USBN Essential Draft Guide via Paypal, this
is the easiest way for us to do this on-line and
to expedite your order so you will receive your
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are going to be sending to you the 2017 Draft
Guide as two files as an attachment to your
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linked to your paypal account is not the email
you wish to receive your messages and
information at. Therefore, before
completing your order, make sure in the
on the ordering screen, you indicate a different email
for us to use to send your guide. The two files
coming are two versions of a MS
Excel spreadsheet which the guide is
constructed from (.xls or .xlsx). You must
be able to read and use the functions of MS
Excel to get the full power of all the ways in
guide can be utilized.
your order is
completed on-line, here is what happens next:
We will both receive an email from Paypal,
confirming your order make sure you find this
email,. Once we have this message from Paypal, we will then send
to you an email with the
two version of the draft guide attached.
Within the Draft Guide are instructions how to
use the guide completely along with a brief explanation of our
evaluation system and the various built-in functions within
MS Excel that will help you to view all the
information in the guide. There is also shown an email for
technical support if you have any questions too.
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