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Review: Rotoworld Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide 2012 for iPhone and iPad

With Spring Training about to get underway and Fantasy Baseball drafts following soon after, we’re focusing on some of the mobile apps to lend a helping hand during your draft and draft prep. Today we look at RotoWorld’s Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide 2012 for iPhone & iPad.

The RotoWorld Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide 2012 is available in the App Store for $4.99 for both iPhone and iPad. (See Download links below)

Note: I reviewed the iPad version of the app and all images below come from the iPad version.

The first thing you may notice is that the RotoWorld Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide 2012 has a very nice user interface. Players rankings appear along the left hand side of the app with player photos and can be filtered by position, batters only, pitchers, only, and your Wishlist. In addition to overall rankings numbers, you get a position rankings, auction values, and position tiers. (Note: some of the players are missing photos, but most are there)

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You can create you own custom scoring profile, but doing so requires you to register with an email address and password. Personally, I find this really annoying and wouldn’t blame you if you used a fake email.

You can choose from Points or Rotisserie style league. You can choose your statistical categories and enter your league’s custom points if you choose a points league.

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Now for the nitty gritty. The real reason for this app is to help you draft your team. When a player is drafted, select the player options button and select “Set as Drafted” if he is chosen by someone else or “Add to My Team” if you have selected him. You can also perform the same operation by selecting the icon at the top right of the player card on the main screen.

You can find players quickly using the search feature or by filtering by position.

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As far as research and other features, there is a frequently updated news feed that is accessed by selecting the “News” icon at the top center of the app. This is the same news feed you can find on Rotoworld’s MLB page on their website.

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Also included are the always important depth charts for each MLB team. Tap the icon on the left to pull up the latest news updates for each player, or the right icon to pull up their player profile page from Rotoworld.com.

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One feature I really liked was the ability to compare similar players statistically side-by-side. So, if you are considering Evan Longoria with your next pick and want to see how he matches up with the other third baseman ranked near him, you can easily do so. Bear in mind the the displayed stat are merely predicted numbers, not their actual stats from last season.

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Overview

Let’s get the negatives out of the way first. One issue is that there doesn’t appear to be any way to reset the draft status of the players after one draft. So, if you have more than one draft you are stuck with going through and manually “un-drafting” every player. Obviously this is a big pain if you are using the app for more than one draft. What’s more surprising is that this is the same issue they had with the initial release of their Fantast Football Draft Kit last fall. They did fix that issue with an update, but you’d think they wouldn’t miss something like that twice?!?

[Ed note: I’ve contacted support about the issue, and they have confirmed that the only way to use the app for multiple drafts is to manually “undraft” each player after each draft.]

When drafting players, you can’t choose their position. So, if you are drafting a player as a corner infielder or middle infielder, they are simply designated as 3B, 1B, SS, etc. Perhaps not a huge issue for some, but the RotoWire allows you to designate as MI or CI, or bench making it much more clear where your teams stands at each position during the draft.

I’ve read complaints about not being able to track which team drafted which players. If you are doing a live on-site draft then you are likely to have a draft board (and if you don’t, you should) which would make such a feature redundant. However, it would certainly be helpful if you are doing a draft remotely and thus is a feature that probably should probably be added.

I find the icons used in the app thoroughly confusing. On the depth chart, what appears to be a TV icon pulls up the player’s info page, while something that looks like a floppy disk brings up recent player notes. Is that someone’s idea of intuitive? Basically, you have to figure out what each icon means by trial and error.

As for the positives, RotoWorld Fantasy Baseball 2012 Draft Kit is a universal app so all content can be synced to multiple Apple devices using the same iTunes account. You can access the app on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch with one purchase. Plus, the app is aesthetically, quite pleasing. I really do like the look and feel, but I just wish it had better features. When it comes to features and functionality RotoWorld’s effort falls well short of the Rotowire Draft kit.

If you are a tried and true fan of RotoWorld, this app will probably suit your draft needs. If you are simply looking for the best mobile app for your Fantasy Baseball Draft, I’d look at RotoWire’s 2012 Draft Kit.

Postitives
  • Slick UI
  • Depth Charts
  • Customizable scoring
  • Side-by-side player comparisons
  • Universal app
  • 2012 Outlook and projected player stats
  • Recent player news
Negatives
  • Presently (version 1.0) there is no way to reset the draft. If you participate in multiple drafts, you have to manually un-draft every player
  • Can’t specify position when drafting a player
  • No way to specify which “other team” draft a player
  • Confusing icons
  • Simply lacks a lot of the functionality available in the RotoWire Fantasy Draft Kit

Cost: $4.99

Download

iPhone: Rotoworld Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide 2012 – NBC Universal, Inc.

iPad: Rotoworld Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide 2012 – NBC Universal, Inc.

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