All minor league players should be available to be drafted or added, not just the ones Yahoo deems worthy.
Below is my rant to Yahoo help after being told that a player is not and will not be available until they are called up to the majors:
That is a really terrible procedure and arbitrary rule set. There is obviously no reason that he can't be added. I am quite certain that it is within Yahoo's capabilities to make any player available that they want.
By making a player unavailable until they are called up means that the person who is able to benefit from the player's services is only the person who hears the news that he has been called up first, instead of the person who is willing to make the investment of drafting, purchasing, and/or rostering the player. Fantasy baseball should not be intentionally weighted toward who has access to information the fastest. There are cases in which that is obviously inevitable, such as injuries. But when a player is making their way through the minors, the person who benefits from them should be the person who has put in the research and made the investment in the player.
Further, when a player is called up to the majors they are immediately on their team's roster. This is typically done on a game day, but before the game starts, such that the player is available to play in a game the same day they are called up. This is obviously particularly troublesome in the case of a starting pitcher, who will likely be called up on the day he is to start a game. When a fantasy league has rules in place whereby an added player is not available until the next day, this means that it is impossible to utilize the pitcher when they are called up. Having this arbitrary rule in place by definition means that the player's major league performance is at least partially unusable. Does that make sense to you? Is that the kind of thinking that passes over at yahoo? You need to think about the rules you have in place and what the consequences are and how those consequences relate to the sport and application of the fantasy sport.
Yahoo continues to botch most things they touch, and fantasy baseball is no exception. It's unfathomable that you weren't able to handle the emergence of a player like Shohei Ohtani, when you had several decades to figure out that this might happen, and several years of knowing that Ohtani might come to the majors and have this type of impact. And yet you were caught entirely off guard by something that was entirely foreseeable. And even then, it should not have been difficult to adjust. But for some inexplicable reason you are unable to create a two way player. It doesn't seem like a monumental task, but maybe your coding talent is deficient. Certainly your brain trust is.
Finally, this inane rule set that prohibits the acquisition of certain, arbitrarily selected players until yahoo decides they should be available provides the added indignation of being not just terribly stupid, but also terribly arrogant. Why does yahoo think that it is capable of predicting which minor league players will be fantasy relevant for the coming year? Yahoo is not capable of making these predictions and should not attempt to. And yet you have decided before a season starts that these players may be fantasy relevant and therefore we will make them available while these players will not be fantasy relevant and therefore they are not available. Top major league baseball scouting departments have trouble predicting minor league players' career paths from one year to the next. But yahoo thinks that it can do it? Why? It can't. And why does yahoo think that its predictions should impact a person's ability to construct their fantasy baseball team. Let me decide who I think will be relevant this year. That's why I'm playing fantasy baseball instead of looking at simulations generated by yahoo's ***** baseball predictors. The stupidity and arrogance shown by yahoo is not just maddening, it's insulting. It shows a lack of respect of peoples' intelligence.
The people running your fantasy baseball operation should be ashamed of themselves and I encourage you to pass this along to them.
S-M L commented
I'm going to piggyback on this thread instead of starting my own.
I play in a 16 team keeper league. Waiver wire pick ups, particularly SP's are an extremely hot commodity because the league is so deep. As I write this players like Austin Voth and Bryse Wilson do not yet exist within yahoo fantasy baseball, even though this is not the first appearance for either in the major league. Cmon Yahoo! It's sad that this is such a common occurrence and it's maddening to lose a week because you were unable to add players who are playing in the big leagues. Yahoo either needs to get much better (and fast) at keeping the list of available players up to date, or even better, like the original poster has suggested: Have ALL players (minors and majors) available to pick up. The second a player signs a contract with a team they should be added to your system. Please please PLEASE address this glaring oversight. Do better for us, yahoo.
Clayton Courtney commented
A question not an idea.
When are the players who were just drafted by MLB added to the database?
neil herman commented
Yahoo in both the number of players available(specifically minor leagues) & the relevance of those players they deem worthy of inclusion. Is by far has the worst player pool of any site in fantasy baseball . Last year there was an endless stream of players available on every other site that were not available on Yahoo until after they were called up. If every other site can foresee their relevance to Dynasty leagues why can't Yahoo???? Yahoo can do it like every other site out there. But they refuse to. Seemingly being content with being the worst @ providing a competent service to their Dynasty baseball customers. They cannot make EVERY minor league player available. However they can and should want to NOT be the absolute worst @ the players they do have available year after year after year.