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2012 Draft Prep: 12-team, mixed H2H draft

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The first surprise of our latest mock draft came with the second overall pick, where Roy Halladay went ahead of Fantasy royalty Albert Pujols, Jose Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Kemp. A mistake? Well, it is a Head-to-Head league, and as a general rule, pitchers go off the board sooner in Head-to-Head than Rotisserie. One reason is because pitchers tend to outscore hitters in Head-to-Head, but the bigger reason is because Head-to-Head owners don't have nearly as many hitter slots to fill.

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Only three outfielders? Only one catcher? Yup, those are just two examples, and you can see the impact they have on the draft. Carlos Santana went off the board in the second round, but the next catcher didn't go until the eighth round, when Jeff Tobin selected Alex Avila. With only 12 catchers likely to get drafted in a 12-team Head-to-Head league, the whole position tends to go later than in Rotisserie. So was Santana a reach? Hard to say, but because his extra playing time and superior walk rate actually count for something in Head-to-Head, he has a bigger advantage at the position than he does in Rotisserie.

To those familiar with the rankings, a few of these picks might seem out of place. Nick Markakis ahead of Michael Morse? Logan Morrison ahead of Mike Napoli? Dustin Ackley ahead of Nelson Cruz? What? Hey, these people know their stuff. They've played in enough Head-to-Head leagues to understand what type of players get a boost in the format. When doubles, triples, walks and strikeouts count for something, the players who excel in one or more of those areas end up being surprisingly productive. They're called format-specific picks, and if you can get them at a discount, even better.

Pick
Owner
Pick
Owner
1 Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer 7 Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
2 Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer 8 Michael Hurcomb, Editor
3 Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports 9 Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
4 Al Melchior, Data Analyst 10 Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer
5 Scott White, Fantasy Writer 11 Matt Snyder, Eye on Baseball blogger
6 Adam Aizer, Podcast Host 12 Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Passonno Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
2 Towers Roy Halladay, SP, PHI
3 Madden Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
4 Melchior Jose Bautista, LF, TOR
5 White Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
6 Aizer Matt Kemp, CF, LAD
7 Lippman Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
8 Hurcomb Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, BOS
9 Tobin Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, BOS
10 Goodwin Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
11 Snyder Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
12 Richard Justin Verlander, SP, DET
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
13 Richard Prince Fielder, 1B, DET
14 Snyder Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
15 Goodwin Curtis Granderson, CF, NYY
16 Tobin Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
17 Hurcomb Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
18 Lippman Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX
19 Aizer Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
20 White Carlos Santana, C, CLE
21 Melchior Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
22 Madden CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
23 Towers Justin Upton, RF, ARI
24 Passonno Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
25 Passonno Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
26 Towers Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
27 Madden Jose Reyes, SS, MIA
28 Melchior Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
29 White Matt Holliday, LF, STL
30 Aizer Hanley Ramirez, SS, MIA
31 Lippman Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
32 Hurcomb Zack Greinke, SP, MIL
33 Tobin Dan Haren, SP, LAA
34 Goodwin David Price, SP, TB
35 Snyder David Wright, 3B, NYM
36 Richard Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
37 Richard Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
38 Snyder Mike Stanton, RF, MIA
39 Goodwin Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
40 Tobin Josh Hamilton, CF, TEX
41 Hurcomb Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
42 Lippman Shane Victorino, CF, PHI
43 Aizer Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
44 White Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
45 Melchior Jon Lester, SP, BOS
46 Madden Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
47 Towers James Shields, SP, TB
48 Passonno Jay Bruce, RF, CIN
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
49 Passonno Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS
50 Towers Billy Butler, DH, KC
51 Madden Desmond Jennings, CF, TB
52 Melchior Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
53 White Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
54 Aizer Ricky Romero, SP, TOR
55 Lippman Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
56 Hurcomb Michael Young, 3B, TEX
57 Tobin Alex Gordon, LF, KC
58 Goodwin Lance Berkman, RF, STL
59 Snyder Nick Markakis, RF, BAL
60 Richard Shin-Soo Choo, RF, CLE
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
61 Richard Matt Cain, SP, SF
62 Snyder Hunter Pence, RF, PHI
63 Goodwin Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
64 Tobin Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
65 Hurcomb Josh Johnson, SP, MIA
66 Lippman Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
67 Aizer Michael Morse, 1B, WAS
68 White C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
69 Melchior Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
70 Madden Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
71 Towers Matt Garza, SP, CHC
72 Passonno Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
73 Passonno Chris Young, CF, ARI
74 Towers Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
75 Madden Nelson Cruz, RF, TEX
76 Melchior Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
77 White Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
78 Aizer Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
79 Lippman Carl Crawford, LF, BOS
80 Hurcomb Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
81 Tobin Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
82 Goodwin B.J. Upton, CF, TB
83 Snyder David Ortiz, DH, BOS
84 Richard Daniel Hudson, SP, ARI
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
85 Richard Corey Hart, RF, MIL
86 Snyder Ervin Santana, SP, LAA
87 Goodwin Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
88 Tobin Alex Avila, C, DET
89 Hurcomb Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
90 Lippman Mat Latos, SP, CIN
91 Aizer Brian McCann, C, ATL
92 White Logan Morrison, LF, MIA
93 Melchior Mike Napoli, C, TEX
94 Madden Chris Carpenter, SP, STL
95 Towers Josh Beckett, SP, BOS
96 Passonno Howard Kendrick, 2B, LAA
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
97 Passonno Martin Prado, LF, ATL
98 Towers Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
99 Madden Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
100 Melchior Nick Swisher, RF, NYY
101 White Tommy Hanson, SP, ATL
102 Aizer Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB
103 Lippman Mariano Rivera, RP, NYY
104 Hurcomb Joe Mauer, C, MIN
105 Tobin Emilio Bonifacio, SS, MIA
106 Goodwin Anibal Sanchez, SP, MIA
107 Snyder Tim Hudson, SP, ATL
108 Richard Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
109 Richard Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL
110 Snyder Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
111 Goodwin Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, CLE
112 Tobin Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
113 Hurcomb Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
114 Lippman Matt Wieters, C, BAL
115 Aizer Matt Moore, RP, TB
116 White Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
117 Melchior Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
118 Madden Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK
119 Towers Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
120 Passonno Buster Posey, C, SF
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
121 Passonno Max Scherzer, SP, DET
122 Towers Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
123 Madden Drew Storen, RP, WAS
124 Melchior Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
125 White Jason Heyward, RF, ATL
126 Aizer Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
127 Lippman Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
128 Hurcomb Heath Bell, RP, MIA
129 Tobin Michael Bourn, CF, ATL
130 Goodwin John Axford, RP, MIL
131 Snyder Miguel Montero, C, ARI
132 Richard Gaby Sanchez, 1B, MIA
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
133 Richard Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
134 Snyder Neftali Feliz, RP, TEX
135 Goodwin Brian Wilson, RP, SF
136 Tobin Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
137 Hurcomb Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
138 Lippman Melky Cabrera, LF, SF
139 Aizer Mark Reynolds, 3B, BAL
140 White Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
141 Melchior J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
142 Madden Jesus Montero, C, SEA
143 Towers Jhonny Peralta, SS, DET
144 Passonno Ichiro Suzuki, RF, SEA
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
145 Passonno Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR
146 Towers Wandy Rodriguez, SP, HOU
147 Madden Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
148 Melchior Dexter Fowler, CF, COL
149 White Cory Luebke, RP, SD
150 Aizer Joel Hanrahan, RP, PIT
151 Lippman J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
152 Hurcomb Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
153 Tobin Carlos Beltran, CF, STL
154 Goodwin Carlos Lee, LF, HOU
155 Snyder Carlos Pena, 1B, TB
156 Richard Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
157 Richard Jose Valverde, RP, DET
158 Snyder Ryan Madson, RP, CIN
159 Goodwin Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
160 Tobin Joakim Soria, RP, KC
161 Hurcomb Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
162 Lippman Shaun Marcum, SP, MIL
163 Aizer Adam Jones, CF, BAL
164 White Sergio Santos, RP, TOR
165 Melchior Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS
166 Madden Jeff Francoeur, RF, KC
167 Towers Geovany Soto, C, CHC
168 Passonno Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
Round 15
Pick Owner Player
169 Passonno Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
170 Towers Carlos Marmol, RP, CHC
171 Madden Yonder Alonso, LF, SD
172 Melchior Matt Joyce, RF, TB
173 White Derek Holland, SP, TEX
174 Aizer John Danks, SP, CHW
175 Lippman Jordan Walden, RP, LAA
176 Hurcomb Doug Fister, SP, DET
177 Tobin Mark Buehrle, SP, MIA
178 Goodwin J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR
179 Snyder Edwin Jackson, SP, WAS
180 Richard Colby Lewis, SP, TEX
Round 16
Pick Owner Player
181 Richard Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
182 Snyder Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN
183 Goodwin Ryan Roberts, 3B, ARI
184 Tobin Kelly Johnson, 2B, TOR
185 Hurcomb Brennan Boesch, RF, DET
186 Lippman Jair Jurrjens, SP, ATL
187 Aizer Kendrys Morales, 1B, LAA
188 White Lucas Duda, LF, NYM
189 Melchior Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK
190 Madden Brett Gardner, CF, NYY
191 Towers Jason Kubel, LF, ARI
192 Passonno Austin Jackson, CF, DET
Round 17
Pick Owner Player
193 Passonno Chris Perez, RP, CLE
194 Towers Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX
195 Madden Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
196 Melchior J.D. Martinez, LF, HOU
197 White Scott Baker, SP, MIN
198 Aizer Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
199 Lippman Brandon Belt, LF, SF
200 Hurcomb Roy Oswalt, SP, PHI
201 Tobin Cameron Maybin, CF, SD
202 Goodwin Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
203 Snyder Jason Motte, RP, STL
204 Richard Yadier Molina, C, STL
Round 18
Pick Owner Player
205 Richard Bryce Harper, RF, WAS
206 Snyder Stephen Drew, SS, ARI
207 Goodwin Carlos Quentin, LF, SD
208 Tobin Huston Street, RP, SD
209 Hurcomb Vance Worley, SP, PHI
210 Lippman Jose Tabata, LF, PIT
211 Aizer R.A. Dickey, SP, NYM
212 White Jeff Niemann, SP, TB
213 Melchior Kyle Farnsworth, RP, TB
214 Madden Tim Stauffer, SP, SD
215 Towers Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
216 Passonno Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
Round 19
Pick Owner Player
217 Passonno David Freese, 3B, STL
218 Towers Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
219 Madden Delmon Young, LF, DET
220 Melchior Peter Bourjos, CF, LAA
221 White Mike Leake, SP, CIN
222 Aizer Drew Stubbs, CF, CIN
223 Lippman Angel Pagan, CF, SF
224 Hurcomb Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
225 Tobin Bud Norris, SP, HOU
226 Goodwin Ryan Dempster, SP, CHC
227 Snyder Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
228 Richard Daniel Murphy, 1B, NYM
Round 20
Pick Owner Player
229 Richard Edinson Volquez, SP, SD
230 Snyder Mike Minor, SP, ATL
231 Goodwin Matt Capps, RP, MIN
232 Tobin Josh Willingham, LF, MIN
233 Hurcomb Brandon League, RP, SEA
234 Lippman Russell Martin, C, NYY
235 Aizer Mike Trout, CF, LAA
236 White Francisco Liriano, SP, MIN
237 Melchior Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
238 Madden Johnny Damon, DH, TB
239 Towers Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
240 Passonno Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
Round 21
Pick Owner Player
241 Passonno Frank Francisco, RP, NYM
242 Towers Gavin Floyd, SP, CHW
243 Madden James Loney, 1B, LAD
244 Melchior Henderson Alvarez, SP, TOR
245 White Phil Hughes, SP, NYY
246 Aizer Chris Sale, RP, CHW
247 Lippman Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
248 Hurcomb Vernon Wells, CF, LAA
249 Tobin Torii Hunter, CF, LAA
250 Goodwin Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
251 Snyder Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
252 Richard Johan Santana, SP, NYM
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Matt Kemp, CF, LAD
2.7 Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
3.6 Hanley Ramirez, SS, MIA
4.7 Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
5.6 Ricky Romero, SP, TOR
6.7 Michael Morse, 1B, WAS
7.6 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
8.7 Brian McCann, C, ATL
9.6 Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB
10.7 Matt Moore, RP, TB
11.6 Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
12.7 Mark Reynolds, 3B, BAL
13.6 Joel Hanrahan, RP, PIT
14.7 Adam Jones, CF, BAL
15.6 John Danks, SP, CHW
16.7 Kendrys Morales, 1B, LAA
17.6 Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
18.7 R.A. Dickey, SP, NYM
19.6 Drew Stubbs, CF, CIN
20.7 Mike Trout, CF, LAA
21.6 Chris Sale, RP, CHW
Kevin Goodwin
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
2.3 Curtis Granderson, CF, NYY
3.10 David Price, SP, TB
4.3 Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
5.10 Lance Berkman, RF, STL
6.3 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
7.10 B.J. Upton, CF, TB
8.3 Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
9.10 Anibal Sanchez, SP, MIA
10.3 Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, CLE
11.10 John Axford, RP, MIL
12.3 Brian Wilson, RP, SF
13.10 Carlos Lee, LF, HOU
14.3 Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
15.10 J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR
16.3 Ryan Roberts, 3B, ARI
17.10 Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
18.3 Carlos Quentin, LF, SD
19.10 Ryan Dempster, SP, CHC
20.3 Matt Capps, RP, MIN
21.10 Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, BOS
2.5 Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
3.8 Zack Greinke, SP, MIL
4.5 Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
5.8 Michael Young, 3B, TEX
6.5 Josh Johnson, SP, MIA
7.8 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
8.5 Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
9.8 Joe Mauer, C, MIN
10.5 Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
11.8 Heath Bell, RP, MIA
12.5 Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
13.8 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
14.5 Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
15.8 Doug Fister, SP, DET
16.5 Brennan Boesch, RF, DET
17.8 Roy Oswalt, SP, PHI
18.5 Vance Worley, SP, PHI
19.8 Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
20.5 Brandon League, RP, SEA
21.8 Vernon Wells, CF, LAA
Lippman
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
2.6 Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX
3.7 Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
4.6 Shane Victorino, CF, PHI
5.7 Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
6.6 Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
7.7 Carl Crawford, LF, BOS
8.6 Mat Latos, SP, CIN
9.7 Mariano Rivera, RP, NYY
10.6 Matt Wieters, C, BAL
11.7 Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
12.6 Melky Cabrera, LF, SF
13.7 J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
14.6 Shaun Marcum, SP, MIL
15.7 Jordan Walden, RP, LAA
16.6 Jair Jurrjens, SP, ATL
17.7 Brandon Belt, LF, SF
18.6 Jose Tabata, LF, PIT
19.7 Angel Pagan, CF, SF
20.6 Russell Martin, C, NYY
21.7 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
2.10 CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
3.3 Jose Reyes, SS, MIA
4.10 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
5.3 Desmond Jennings, CF, TB
6.10 Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
7.3 Nelson Cruz, RF, TEX
8.10 Chris Carpenter, SP, STL
9.3 Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
10.10 Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK
11.3 Drew Storen, RP, WAS
12.10 Jesus Montero, C, SEA
13.3 Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
14.10 Jeff Francoeur, RF, KC
15.3 Yonder Alonso, LF, SD
16.10 Brett Gardner, CF, NYY
17.3 Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
18.10 Tim Stauffer, SP, SD
19.3 Delmon Young, LF, DET
20.10 Johnny Damon, DH, TB
21.3 James Loney, 1B, LAD
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Jose Bautista, LF, TOR
2.9 Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
3.4 Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
4.9 Jon Lester, SP, BOS
5.4 Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
6.9 Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
7.4 Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
8.9 Mike Napoli, C, TEX
9.4 Nick Swisher, RF, NYY
10.9 Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
11.4 Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
12.9 J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
13.4 Dexter Fowler, CF, COL
14.9 Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS
15.4 Matt Joyce, RF, TB
16.9 Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK
17.4 J.D. Martinez, LF, HOU
18.9 Kyle Farnsworth, RP, TB
19.4 Peter Bourjos, CF, LAA
20.9 Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
21.4 Henderson Alvarez, SP, TOR
Bill Passonno
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
2.12 Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
3.1 Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
4.12 Jay Bruce, RF, CIN
5.1 Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS
6.12 Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
7.1 Chris Young, CF, ARI
8.12 Howard Kendrick, 2B, LAA
9.1 Martin Prado, LF, ATL
10.12 Buster Posey, C, SF
11.1 Max Scherzer, SP, DET
12.12 Ichiro Suzuki, RF, SEA
13.1 Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR
14.12 Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
15.1 Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
16.12 Austin Jackson, CF, DET
17.1 Chris Perez, RP, CLE
18.12 Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
19.1 David Freese, 3B, STL
20.12 Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
21.1 Frank Francisco, RP, NYM
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Justin Verlander, SP, DET
2.1 Prince Fielder, 1B, DET
3.12 Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
4.1 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
5.12 Shin-Soo Choo, RF, CLE
6.1 Matt Cain, SP, SF
7.12 Daniel Hudson, SP, ARI
8.1 Corey Hart, RF, MIL
9.12 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
10.1 Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL
11.12 Gaby Sanchez, 1B, MIA
12.1 Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
13.12 Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL
14.1 Jose Valverde, RP, DET
15.12 Colby Lewis, SP, TEX
16.1 Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
17.12 Yadier Molina, C, STL
18.1 Bryce Harper, RF, WAS
19.12 Daniel Murphy, 1B, NYM
20.1 Edinson Volquez, SP, SD
21.12 Johan Santana, SP, NYM
Matt Snyder
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
2.2 Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
3.11 David Wright, 3B, NYM
4.2 Mike Stanton, RF, MIA
5.11 Nick Markakis, RF, BAL
6.2 Hunter Pence, RF, PHI
7.11 David Ortiz, DH, BOS
8.2 Ervin Santana, SP, LAA
9.11 Tim Hudson, SP, ATL
10.2 Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
11.11 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
12.2 Neftali Feliz, RP, TEX
13.11 Carlos Pena, 1B, TB
14.2 Ryan Madson, RP, CIN
15.11 Edwin Jackson, SP, WAS
16.2 Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN
17.11 Jason Motte, RP, STL
18.2 Stephen Drew, SS, ARI
19.11 Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
20.2 Mike Minor, SP, ATL
21.11 Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, BOS
2.4 Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
3.9 Dan Haren, SP, LAA
4.4 Josh Hamilton, CF, TEX
5.9 Alex Gordon, LF, KC
6.4 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
7.9 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
8.4 Alex Avila, C, DET
9.9 Emilio Bonifacio, SS, MIA
10.4 Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
11.9 Michael Bourn, CF, ATL
12.4 Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
13.9 Carlos Beltran, CF, STL
14.4 Joakim Soria, RP, KC
15.9 Mark Buehrle, SP, MIA
16.4 Kelly Johnson, 2B, TOR
17.9 Cameron Maybin, CF, SD
18.4 Huston Street, RP, SD
19.9 Bud Norris, SP, HOU
20.4 Josh Willingham, LF, MIN
21.9 Torii Hunter, CF, LAA
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Roy Halladay, SP, PHI
2.11 Justin Upton, RF, ARI
3.2 Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
4.11 James Shields, SP, TB
5.2 Billy Butler, DH, KC
6.11 Matt Garza, SP, CHC
7.2 Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
8.11 Josh Beckett, SP, BOS
9.2 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
10.11 Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
11.2 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
12.11 Jhonny Peralta, SS, DET
13.2 Wandy Rodriguez, SP, HOU
14.11 Geovany Soto, C, CHC
15.2 Carlos Marmol, RP, CHC
16.11 Jason Kubel, LF, ARI
17.2 Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX
18.11 Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
19.2 Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
20.11 Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
21.2 Gavin Floyd, SP, CHW
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
2.8 Carlos Santana, C, CLE
3.5 Matt Holliday, LF, STL
4.8 Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
5.5 Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
6.8 C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
7.5 Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
8.8 Logan Morrison, LF, MIA
9.5 Tommy Hanson, SP, ATL
10.8 Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
11.5 Jason Heyward, RF, ATL
12.8 Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
13.5 Cory Luebke, RP, SD
14.8 Sergio Santos, RP, TOR
15.5 Derek Holland, SP, TEX
16.8 Lucas Duda, LF, NYM
17.5 Scott Baker, SP, MIN
18.8 Jeff Niemann, SP, TB
19.5 Mike Leake, SP, CIN
20.8 Francisco Liriano, SP, MIN
21.5 Phil Hughes, SP, NYY

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(2:05 am ET) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will likely be suspended for at least 25 games, according to FoxSports.com.

Hamilton met with Major League Baseball on Wednesday for a disciplinary hearing. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported that Hamilton experienced a drug relapse a few months ago, and confessed that relapse to MLB. 

This is technically Hamilton's second violation as a major-leaguer. Hamilton was on the Rays 40-man roster during his first suspension, making him a major-league player. Typically, players who violate their drug treatment program for the first time are subject to a 15-25 game suspension. Given that this is Hamilton's second violation of his drug treatment program, it's unclear how severe the punishment will be.

With that said, commissioner Rob Manfred is reportedly trying to be lenient with any punishment. The league has a "favorable view of Hamilton's efforts to remain sober." Since his return to the majors, Hamilton has spoken honestly about his struggles with addition.

On top of that, Manfred is concerned about making the punishment too harsh. Hamilton's past relaspes have come when he's been away from the game. Manfred reportedly is not close to making a final decision on Hamilton's punishment at this time. 

Hamilton was already expected to miss the beginning of the season due to a shoulder surgery. It's unclear how much longer he'll be out due to a suspension.


Angels, Huston Street haven't talked extension yet
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(1:11 am ET) The Angels and closer Huston Street have not talked about an extension yet, according to MLB.com.

Both sides are reportedly interested in a deal, but Street wanted to wait a week in order to settle in to camp. Once that happens, the two sides are expected to start negotiating a new deal. Street is entering the final year of his contract, and will make $7 million in 2015.

Street, 31, posted a 1.37 ERA over 59 1/3 innings last year.


Phillies' Ryan Howard working on his swing
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(12:20 am ET) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is working on his swing, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

Howard has spent time working with Charlie Manuel during camp. Manuel was brought in as spring training hitting instructor. Manager Ryan Sandberg has noticed the change in Howard's approach already. "As far as making some adjustments there, to really zone in to something that can really be productive for him and a little bit more consistent," Sandberg said. "I think there has been a little tweaking going on there."

Howard apparently has looked different at the plate. His stance has been described as "looser" and his hands are much lower when he starts his swing. 

The 35-year-old hit .223/.310/.380 over 569 at-bats last year. 


Dodgers unsure how Grandal, Ellis will split time
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(2/26/2015) The Dodgers aren't sure how they'll platoon their two catchers, according to the Orange County Register.

A.J. Ellis has been the team's primary option the past few seasons, but the club brought in Yasmani Grandal during the offseason. While Grandal has a much higher offensive upside, it's unclear how much he'll play once the regular season begins. 

"There’s nothing going to come out of this camp where we’re going to say, ‘OK, this guy is going to start 72 percent of the time’" general manager Andrew Friedman said. "It’s going to be much more about Donnie (Mattingly) writing the lineup each and every day for what gives us the best chance to win that day."

Mattingly admitted that Grandal has "tremendous upside offensively," so it's possible he could lead that way more often. While Mattingly has indicated that he doesn't want to assign any personal catchers yet, there's a sense Ellis could be used when Clayton Kershaw is on the mound. 

Grandal hit .225/.327/.401 over 377 at-bats last year. Ellis hit .191/.323/.254 over 283 at-bats. 


Giants sign Ronny Cedeno to minor-league deal
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(2/26/2015) The Giants have signed infielder Ronny Cedeno to a minor-league deal, according to the PCL transactions page.

Cedeno, 32, spent most of the year in the minors. He hit .313/.368/.431 over 281 at-bats in Triple-A. Cedeno received nine at-bats with the Phillies, but failed to record a hit. 


Brewers' Scooter Gennett glad to have full-time role
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(2/26/2015) Brewers infielder Scooter Gennett is glad to have a full-time role heading into 2015, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Gennett spent last season in a platoon with Rickie Weeks, but with Weeks gone, he'll assume the full-time role. Gennett said he feels far less stressed about his position on the team this spring. "Seeing as I'm pretty much the everyday guy, that eliminated the stress, or whatever you want to call it, off my back," he said. 

"Just not having to worry about stuff out of my control. I've put myself in this position where I've earned the job, I've shown them what I can do, and now it's about consistently doing it," he added. 

Manager Ron Roenicke has already said he'll give Gennett plenty of opportunities to prove himself against left-handers. 

Gennett, 24, hit .289/.320/.434 over 440 at-bats last season. 


Cubs' Arismendy Alcantara will play all over the place
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(2/26/2015) Cubs utility man Arismendy Alcantara is going to play a lot of positions this season, according to ESPN.

Alcantara saw time in center last season, but the team's trade for Dexter Fowler will alter his role. Alcantara says he's ready for the challenge. "Mentally you have to be ready for that," Alcantara said. "They want me to play second base and the outfield." He's also expected to see some time at third base. 

Manager Joe Maddon is glad to have such a versatile player on the team. "When you get a guy like that and you want to give someone a rest, you don't feel like you're losing anything," Joe Maddon said. "And the big attraction there is also in-game. It's like having an extra guy on the bench."

The 23-year-old Alcantara hit .205/.254/.367 over 278 at-bats last year. 


Rockies ask Corey Dickerson to be more patient
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(2/26/2015) The Rockies want Corey Dickerson to be a little more patient at the plate, according to MLB.com.

Dickerson had a breakout season in 2014, hitting .312/.364/.567 over 436 at-bats. He walked in 7.7 percent of his plate appearances, which was actually just above the league average. Still, the team wants Dickerson to be slightly less of a free-swinging this year.

"I talked to Corey about adding this much discipline to his game," manager Walt Weiss said. "We don't want that much, because then he wouldn't be Corey Dickerson." Weiss explained that it's difficult to deliver this type of message, as Dickerson's aggressiveness makes him effective. 

Dickerson said he would work harder to study pitchers and work on his approach during games. 

The 25-year-old is expected to open the year as the team's starter in left.


Marlins unlikely to add reliever now
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(2/26/2015) The Marlins are unlikely to add a reliever now that Francisco Rodriguez is off the market, according to MLB.com.

The Marlins were involved in negotiations for K-Rod through at least Wednesday, and were reportedly willing to offer $10 million over two years. The club has been looking for a veteran reliever for some time, but may pass now that Rodriguez has signed with the Brewers.

Both Rafael Soriano and Phil Coke have been connected to Miami, but the team would likely only sign those players to minor-league contracts.


Diamondbacks' Chase Anderson a favorite for the rotation
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(2/26/2015) The Diamondbacks consider Chase Anderson a favorite to break camp in the rotation, according to azcentral.com.

The club wants to create a lot of competition for the rotation, and it was initially believed Anderson would be competing for a spot. General manager Dave Stewart sort of quashed those rumors, saying he perceives Anderson as a strong favorite right now. "Chase Anderson won nine games for us last year; you have to strongly consider him as part of our rotation," Stewart said. 

Anderson is expected to pair with Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson for now. The club will determine the final two spots in the rotation during camp.

Anderson, 27, posted a 4.01 ERA over 114 1/3 innings last year.


 
 
 
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