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2012 Draft Prep: 10-team, NL H2H draft


In our transition from mixed-league to league-specific formats with our 10-team NL-only Head-to-Head mock draft, some of our group was in for a rude awakening.

After only 2 1/2 rounds, all the big-name hitters were gone.

That's the way it is in the NL this year after Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder jumped ship in the offseason. The void is especially noticeable at first base, where their departures combined with the injury to Ryan Howard leave Michael Morse and Lance Berkman as the second- and third-best options at the position. And because both are also eligible in the outfield, you can't necessarily count on them to fill two of your league's 10 first base openings.

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So you can understand, then, why Joey Votto went second overall even though conventional wisdom would suggest Ryan Braun or perhaps even Troy Tulowitzki should go there. Maybe in an NL Rotisserie league, Braun's steals would give him the edge, but in Head-to-Head play, who needs them?

As with any Head-to-Head league, a handful of pitchers went off the board in the first couple rounds, but you'll notice big names like Matt Cain, Daniel Hudson, Stephen Strasburg, Adam Wainwright, Matt Garza, Mat Latos and Tommy Hanson were still available in the fifth and sixth rounds. What the NL lacks in hitting, it makes up for in pitching, so a mad dash for bats early in the draft might be the most sensible approach to take.

Cory Luebke is the only notable NL starting pitcher who also qualifies at reliever, and most of the league's 16 closer openings are already filled. With 20 reliever spots to fill, several owners had to get creative at the position, either by targeting a prospective starter like Aroldis Chapman or by settling for top-of-the-line setup men like Kenley Jansen, Jonny Venters, Tyler Clippard and Antonio Bastardo. In other words, when the closer run starts, you want to be a part of it, as much as your instincts might tell you otherwise.

Scoring for Batting Categories

Singles - 1 point
Doubles - 2 points
Triples - 3 points
Walks (Batters) - 1 point
Caught Stealing -1 point
Hit by Pitch - 1 point
Home Runs - 4 points
Strikeouts (Batter) - -0.5 points
Runs - 1 point
Runs Batted In - 1 point
Stolen Bases - 2 points

Scoring for Pitching Categories

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Walks Issued (Pitchers) -1 point
Earned Runs -1 point
Hits Allowed -1 point
Hit Batsmen -1 point
Innings - 3 points
Strikeouts (Pitcher) - .5 points
Losses - -5 points
Quality Starts - 3 points
Saves - 7 points
Wins - 7 points

The owners and draft order ...

1. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
2. Scott White, Fantasy Writer
3. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
4. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
5. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
6. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
7. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
8. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
9. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer
10. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

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Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Passonno Matt Kemp, CF, LAD
2 White Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
3 Tobin Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
4 Lippman Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
5 Moore Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
6 Madden Roy Halladay, SP, PHI
7 Melchior Justin Upton, RF, ARI
8 Richard Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
9 Gauna Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
10 Eisenberg Hanley Ramirez, SS, MIA
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
11 Eisenberg Michael Morse, 1B, WAS
12 Gauna Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
13 Richard Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
14 Melchior Jose Reyes, SS, MIA
15 Madden Zack Greinke, SP, MIL
16 Moore Brian McCann, C, ATL
17 Lippman Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
18 Tobin Matt Holliday, LF, STL
19 White Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
20 Passonno David Wright, 3B, NYM
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
21 Passonno Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
22 White Shane Victorino, CF, PHI
23 Tobin Michael Bourn, CF, ATL
24 Lippman Hunter Pence, RF, PHI
25 Moore Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
26 Madden Lance Berkman, RF, STL
27 Melchior Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
28 Richard Chris Young, CF, ARI
29 Gauna Jay Bruce, RF, CIN
30 Eisenberg Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
31 Eisenberg Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
32 Gauna Buster Posey, C, SF
33 Richard Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
34 Melchior Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
35 Madden Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
36 Moore Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
37 Lippman Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
38 Tobin Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
39 White Emilio Bonifacio, SS, MIA
40 Passonno Josh Johnson, SP, MIA
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
41 Passonno Martin Prado, LF, ATL
42 White Matt Cain, SP, SF
43 Tobin Daniel Hudson, SP, ARI
44 Lippman Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
45 Moore Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
46 Madden Matt Garza, SP, CHC
47 Melchior Gaby Sanchez, 1B, MIA
48 Richard Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
49 Gauna Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
50 Eisenberg Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
51 Eisenberg Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
52 Gauna Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
53 Richard Miguel Montero, C, ARI
54 Melchior Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
55 Madden Jason Heyward, RF, ATL
56 Moore Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL
57 Lippman Drew Stubbs, CF, CIN
58 Tobin Ryan Roberts, 3B, ARI
59 White Mat Latos, SP, CIN
60 Passonno Tommy Hanson, SP, ATL
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
61 Passonno Yadier Molina, C, STL
62 White Logan Morrison, LF, MIA
63 Tobin Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
64 Lippman Daniel Murphy, 1B, NYM
65 Moore Brian Wilson, RP, SF
66 Madden Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
67 Melchior Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
68 Richard Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
69 Gauna Dee Gordon, SS, LAD
70 Eisenberg Drew Storen, RP, WAS
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
71 Eisenberg Chris Carpenter, SP, STL
72 Gauna Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
73 Richard Mat Gamel, 3B, MIL
74 Melchior Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
75 Madden Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
76 Moore Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
77 Lippman John Axford, RP, MIL
78 Tobin Heath Bell, RP, MIA
79 White Anibal Sanchez, SP, MIA
80 Passonno Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
81 Passonno Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
82 White Cory Luebke, RP, SD
83 Tobin Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
84 Lippman Brandon Belt, LF, SF
85 Moore Ryan Madson, RP, CIN
86 Madden Stephen Drew, SS, ARI
87 Melchior Melky Cabrera, LF, SF
88 Richard Joel Hanrahan, RP, PIT
89 Gauna J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
90 Eisenberg Corey Hart, RF, MIL
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
91 Eisenberg Carlos Marmol, RP, CHC
92 Gauna Carlos Lee, LF, HOU
93 Richard Jason Motte, RP, STL
94 Melchior Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
95 Madden Carlos Beltran, CF, STL
96 Moore Cameron Maybin, CF, SD
97 Lippman Vance Worley, SP, PHI
98 Tobin Marco Scutaro, SS, COL
99 White Huston Street, RP, SD
100 Passonno Dexter Fowler, CF, COL
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
101 Passonno Jair Jurrjens, SP, ATL
102 White Lucas Duda, LF, NYM
103 Tobin Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
104 Lippman J.D. Martinez, LF, HOU
105 Moore Jason Bay, LF, NYM
106 Madden Tim Hudson, SP, ATL
107 Melchior David Freese, 3B, STL
108 Richard Jason Kubel, LF, ARI
109 Gauna Mark Buehrle, SP, MIA
110 Eisenberg Wandy Rodriguez, SP, HOU
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
111 Eisenberg Jose Tabata, LF, PIT
112 Gauna Yonder Alonso, LF, SD
113 Richard James Loney, 1B, LAD
114 Melchior Carlos Quentin, LF, SD
115 Madden Angel Pagan, CF, SF
116 Moore Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
117 Lippman Shaun Marcum, SP, MIL
118 Tobin Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
119 White Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
120 Passonno Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
121 Passonno Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC
122 White Geovany Soto, C, CHC
123 Tobin Tim Stauffer, SP, SD
124 Lippman Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
125 Moore Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIA
126 Madden Bud Norris, SP, HOU
127 Melchior Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL
128 Richard R.A. Dickey, SP, NYM
129 Gauna Brett Myers, SP, HOU
130 Eisenberg Mike Leake, SP, CIN
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
131 Eisenberg Alfonso Soriano, LF, CHC
132 Gauna Ryan Dempster, SP, CHC
133 Richard Mike Minor, SP, ATL
134 Melchior Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
135 Madden Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU
136 Moore Rafael Furcal, SS, STL
137 Lippman Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
138 Tobin Jim Thome, DH, PHI
139 White Ted Lilly, SP, LAD
140 Passonno Chase Headley, 3B, SD
Round 15
Pick Owner Player
141 Passonno Edwin Jackson, SP, WAS
142 White Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
143 Tobin Edinson Volquez, SP, SD
144 Lippman Rod Barajas, C, PIT
145 Moore Josh Collmenter, SP, ARI
146 Madden Bryce Harper, RF, WAS
147 Melchior Frank Francisco, RP, NYM
148 Richard Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
149 Gauna Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL
150 Eisenberg Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC
Round 16
Pick Owner Player
151 Eisenberg Allen Craig, RF, STL
152 Gauna Jonny Venters, RP, ATL
153 Richard Ty Wigginton, 3B, PHI
154 Melchior Chris Capuano, SP, LAD
155 Madden Drew Pomeranz, SP, COL
156 Moore Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
157 Lippman Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF
158 Tobin Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
159 White Javy Guerra, RP, LAD
160 Passonno Jon Jay, LF, STL
Round 17
Pick Owner Player
161 Passonno A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT
162 White Randy Wolf, SP, MIL
163 Tobin Ryan Ludwick, RF, CIN
164 Lippman Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI
165 Moore Johan Santana, SP, NYM
166 Madden Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
167 Melchior Jerry Sands, RF, LAD
168 Richard Bronson Arroyo, SP, CIN
169 Gauna David DeJesus, LF, CHC
170 Eisenberg Carlos Zambrano, SP, MIA
Round 18
Pick Owner Player
171 Eisenberg Kyle Lohse, SP, STL
172 Gauna Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
173 Richard Clayton Richard, SP, SD
174 Melchior Luke Gregerson, RP, SD
175 Madden John Mayberry, LF, PHI
176 Moore Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
177 Lippman Alex Presley, CF, PIT
178 Tobin Will Venable, RF, SD
179 White Juan Nicasio, SP, COL
180 Passonno Francisco Rodriguez, RP, MIL
Round 19
Pick Owner Player
181 Passonno Brett Wallace, 1B, HOU
182 White Erik Bedard, SP, PIT
183 Tobin Jeremy Guthrie, SP, COL
184 Lippman Chris Narveson, SP, MIL
185 Moore James McDonald, SP, PIT
186 Madden Nyjer Morgan, CF, MIL
187 Melchior Andres Torres, CF, NYM
188 Richard Jake Westbrook, SP, STL
189 Gauna Josh Thole, C, NYM
190 Eisenberg Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
Round 20
Pick Owner Player
191 Eisenberg Nick Hundley, C, SD
192 Gauna Charlie Morton, SP, PIT
193 Richard Chris Heisey, CF, CIN
194 Melchior Bryan LaHair, RF, CHC
195 Madden John Buck, C, MIA
196 Moore Freddy Sanchez, 2B, SF
197 Lippman Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL
198 Tobin Wilin Rosario, C, COL
199 White Todd Helton, 1B, COL
200 Passonno Omar Infante, 2B, MIA
Round 21
Pick Owner Player
201 Passonno Antonio Bastardo, RP, PHI
202 White Trevor Bauer, SP, ARI
203 Tobin Garrett Jones, RF, PIT
204 Lippman Jordan Schafer, CF, HOU
205 Moore Marlon Byrd, CF, CHC
206 Madden Orlando Hudson, 2B, SD
207 Melchior Tyler Greene, 2B, STL
208 Richard Paul Maholm, SP, CHC
209 Gauna Skip Schumaker, 2B, STL
210 Eisenberg Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD
Team by Team
Adam Moore
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
2.6 Brian McCann, C, ATL
3.5 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
4.6 Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
5.5 Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
6.6 Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL
7.5 Brian Wilson, RP, SF
8.6 Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
9.5 Ryan Madson, RP, CIN
10.6 Cameron Maybin, CF, SD
11.5 Jason Bay, LF, NYM
12.6 Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
13.5 Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIA
14.6 Rafael Furcal, SS, STL
15.5 Josh Collmenter, SP, ARI
16.6 Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
17.5 Johan Santana, SP, NYM
18.6 Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
19.5 James McDonald, SP, PIT
20.6 Freddy Sanchez, 2B, SF
21.5 Marlon Byrd, CF, CHC
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Justin Upton, RF, ARI
2.4 Jose Reyes, SS, MIA
3.7 Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
4.4 Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
5.7 Gaby Sanchez, 1B, MIA
6.4 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
7.7 Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
8.4 Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
9.7 Melky Cabrera, LF, SF
10.4 Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
11.7 David Freese, 3B, STL
12.4 Carlos Quentin, LF, SD
13.7 Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL
14.4 Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
15.7 Frank Francisco, RP, NYM
16.4 Chris Capuano, SP, LAD
17.7 Jerry Sands, RF, LAD
18.4 Luke Gregerson, RP, SD
19.7 Andres Torres, CF, NYM
20.4 Bryan LaHair, RF, CHC
21.7 Tyler Greene, 2B, STL
Bill Passonno
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Matt Kemp, CF, LAD
2.10 David Wright, 3B, NYM
3.1 Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
4.10 Josh Johnson, SP, MIA
5.1 Martin Prado, LF, ATL
6.10 Tommy Hanson, SP, ATL
7.1 Yadier Molina, C, STL
8.10 Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
9.1 Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
10.10 Dexter Fowler, CF, COL
11.1 Jair Jurrjens, SP, ATL
12.10 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
13.1 Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC
14.10 Chase Headley, 3B, SD
15.1 Edwin Jackson, SP, WAS
16.10 Jon Jay, LF, STL
17.1 A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT
18.10 Francisco Rodriguez, RP, MIL
19.1 Brett Wallace, 1B, HOU
20.10 Omar Infante, 2B, MIA
21.1 Antonio Bastardo, RP, PHI
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
2.3 Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
3.8 Chris Young, CF, ARI
4.3 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
5.8 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
6.3 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
7.8 Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
8.3 Mat Gamel, 3B, MIL
9.8 Joel Hanrahan, RP, PIT
10.3 Jason Motte, RP, STL
11.8 Jason Kubel, LF, ARI
12.3 James Loney, 1B, LAD
13.8 R.A. Dickey, SP, NYM
14.3 Mike Minor, SP, ATL
15.8 Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
16.3 Ty Wigginton, 3B, PHI
17.8 Bronson Arroyo, SP, CIN
18.3 Clayton Richard, SP, SD
19.8 Jake Westbrook, SP, STL
20.3 Chris Heisey, CF, CIN
21.8 Paul Maholm, SP, CHC
Ed Gauna
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
2.2 Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
3.9 Jay Bruce, RF, CIN
4.2 Buster Posey, C, SF
5.9 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
6.2 Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
7.9 Dee Gordon, SS, LAD
8.2 Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
9.9 J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
10.2 Carlos Lee, LF, HOU
11.9 Mark Buehrle, SP, MIA
12.2 Yonder Alonso, LF, SD
13.9 Brett Myers, SP, HOU
14.2 Ryan Dempster, SP, CHC
15.9 Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL
16.2 Jonny Venters, RP, ATL
17.9 David DeJesus, LF, CHC
18.2 Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
19.9 Josh Thole, C, NYM
20.2 Charlie Morton, SP, PIT
21.9 Skip Schumaker, 2B, STL
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Hanley Ramirez, SS, MIA
2.1 Michael Morse, 1B, WAS
3.10 Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
4.1 Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
5.10 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
6.1 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
7.10 Drew Storen, RP, WAS
8.1 Chris Carpenter, SP, STL
9.10 Corey Hart, RF, MIL
10.1 Carlos Marmol, RP, CHC
11.10 Wandy Rodriguez, SP, HOU
12.1 Jose Tabata, LF, PIT
13.10 Mike Leake, SP, CIN
14.1 Alfonso Soriano, LF, CHC
15.10 Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC
16.1 Allen Craig, RF, STL
17.10 Carlos Zambrano, SP, MIA
18.1 Kyle Lohse, SP, STL
19.10 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
20.1 Nick Hundley, C, SD
21.10 Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD
Jeff Lippman
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
2.7 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
3.4 Hunter Pence, RF, PHI
4.7 Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
5.4 Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
6.7 Drew Stubbs, CF, CIN
7.4 Daniel Murphy, 1B, NYM
8.7 John Axford, RP, MIL
9.4 Brandon Belt, LF, SF
10.7 Vance Worley, SP, PHI
11.4 J.D. Martinez, LF, HOU
12.7 Shaun Marcum, SP, MIL
13.4 Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
14.7 Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
15.4 Rod Barajas, C, PIT
16.7 Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF
17.4 Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI
18.7 Alex Presley, CF, PIT
19.4 Chris Narveson, SP, MIL
20.7 Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL
21.4 Jordan Schafer, CF, HOU
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
2.8 Matt Holliday, LF, STL
3.3 Michael Bourn, CF, ATL
4.8 Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
5.3 Daniel Hudson, SP, ARI
6.8 Ryan Roberts, 3B, ARI
7.3 Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
8.8 Heath Bell, RP, MIA
9.3 Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
10.8 Marco Scutaro, SS, COL
11.3 Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
12.8 Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
13.3 Tim Stauffer, SP, SD
14.8 Jim Thome, DH, PHI
15.3 Edinson Volquez, SP, SD
16.8 Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
17.3 Ryan Ludwick, RF, CIN
18.8 Will Venable, RF, SD
19.3 Jeremy Guthrie, SP, COL
20.8 Wilin Rosario, C, COL
21.3 Garrett Jones, RF, PIT
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Roy Halladay, SP, PHI
2.5 Zack Greinke, SP, MIL
3.6 Lance Berkman, RF, STL
4.5 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
5.6 Matt Garza, SP, CHC
6.5 Jason Heyward, RF, ATL
7.6 Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
8.5 Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
9.6 Stephen Drew, SS, ARI
10.5 Carlos Beltran, CF, STL
11.6 Tim Hudson, SP, ATL
12.5 Angel Pagan, CF, SF
13.6 Bud Norris, SP, HOU
14.5 Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU
15.6 Bryce Harper, RF, WAS
16.5 Drew Pomeranz, SP, COL
17.6 Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
18.5 John Mayberry, LF, PHI
19.6 Nyjer Morgan, CF, MIL
20.5 John Buck, C, MIA
21.6 Orlando Hudson, 2B, SD
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
2.9 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
3.2 Shane Victorino, CF, PHI
4.9 Emilio Bonifacio, SS, MIA
5.2 Matt Cain, SP, SF
6.9 Mat Latos, SP, CIN
7.2 Logan Morrison, LF, MIA
8.9 Anibal Sanchez, SP, MIA
9.2 Cory Luebke, RP, SD
10.9 Huston Street, RP, SD
11.2 Lucas Duda, LF, NYM
12.9 Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
13.2 Geovany Soto, C, CHC
14.9 Ted Lilly, SP, LAD
15.2 Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
16.9 Javy Guerra, RP, LAD
17.2 Randy Wolf, SP, MIL
18.9 Juan Nicasio, SP, COL
19.2 Erik Bedard, SP, PIT
20.9 Todd Helton, 1B, COL
21.2 Trevor Bauer, SP, ARI

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by Chris Cwik |
(2/28/2015) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman downplayed reliever Andrew Bailey's chances of making the 25-man roster, according to the Journal News.

Bailey, 30, is attempting to come back from a shoulder injury. He has not pitched in the majors since 2013 due to the issue. While Bailey has been able to participate in bullpen sessions this spring, Cashman took a more realistic view of the situation. "It’s one of those things where, non-roster situation, it’s a flyer, and the odds are against it," Cashman said. "And it didn’t work out for us last year. But because of who he is, his makeup, his work ethic, all those things, it made it easier to say, 'All right, let's keep trying,'" he added. 

Cashman stressed that while things look good now, the team wants to see how Bailey will respond in game situations. Bailey, meanwhile, has been optimistic during camp, saying he feels like he's finally over his injury.

Bailey posted a 3.77 ERA over 28 2/3 innings back in 2013. 

Hinch: Astros' Torreyes has 'earned every chance to get a look'
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) Astros infielder Ronald Torreyes checks in at about 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds, but his success at avoiding strikeouts has manager A.J. Hinch ready to give him a chance at showing what he can do this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"You like to see these guys play," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He can look to our starting lineup at the top or hitting first or second and he’ll see a guy who is pretty successful who is not the biggest guy in the world. I see a unique size for this level, but the way he’s hit and the way he’s performed he’s earned every chance to get a look."

Torreyes was added to the team's 40-man roster in November after hitting .298/.345/.376 with two home runs, 46 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 460 at-bats with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2014.

"He doesn’t look like a ballplayer because he’s little like me, but he’s a young bull," Astros second baseman Jose Altuve said. "He hits a lot and plays good defense. Last year they put him on the 40-man roster because he has a good chance to help us. There aren’t many players like him so skinny and little in the big leagues, so when you see him for the first time you say, 'You know he has to be good to be here.' Then when you see him hit you realize the organization has a good reason to give him this opportunity."

Torreyes will look for an opportunity to latch on as a utility player this spring. He's capable of seeing work at second base, shortstop and third base as well as in left field and center field.

Yoga has Twins' Trevor May 'much fresher than ever before'
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) Twins starting pitcher Trevor May has looked to improve flexibility coming into his competition for a rotation spot this spring by turning to yoga to help repeat his delivery, the Star Tribune reports.

"I’ve been doing yoga for 30 or 40 minutes every morning, and I’m much fresher than ever before," May said. "Every scouting report I’ve ever seen on myself says, 'Has trouble repeating his delivery.' Well, yoga is literally repeating moves, keeping your body under your control. I do the warrior pose, which is [the same as] striding and throwing a baseball. It has to help."

May initially struggled in his major-league debut last season, but he hopes the perseverance he showed and his improvements near the end of the season help set him apart in the battle for a rotation spot this spring.

"Obviously I don’t know exactly what the people who are making decisions are thinking, but showing I can be successful after having my face beat up for two months, showing I can work through it, it’s a trait you have to have," May said. "I take pride in the fact that I didn’t give up. I didn’t let it get me down."

Twins 1B Joe Mauer happy with 'normal' offseason
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was happy to have a "normal" offseason after dealing with concussion-like symptoms the previous year, reports.

"I had a very productive offseason," Mauer said Saturday. "The last couple years I had a lot of things to deal with, especially last year with the concussion. I didn't really get a good base heading into the year. I feel great this year and I hope it stays that way."

Mauer believes that his vigorous stretching exercises this offseason will help keep him healthy in 2015.

"You have to pay attention to your body. I'm getting older," Mauer said. "I'm finding out what works and doesn't work. Trying to make adjustments."

Manager Paul Molitor indicated that he's noticed a difference in Mauer this spring.

"I think it means a lot for him," Molitor said. "I think coming back last year after what had happened the previous season, you always have those questions. He's got friends that have gone through it with Corey Koskie and Justin [Morneau]. We all know how validated our concern is over concussion issues. I'm sure there was a little hesitancy there. Like I said when I had a chance to visit with him this winter, he's excited to be back and not have to be concerned about those type of things."

Mauer endured a down offensive performance last season, hitting .277/.361/.371 with just four home runs in 455 at-bats.

Report: Blue Jays sign Dayan Viciedo to minor-league deal
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo to a minor-league deal, FOXSports reports.

The White Sox designated Viciedo for assignment when the team signed Gordon Beckham and released him after he cleared waivers. Multiple teams reportedly had interest in the outfielder, who hit .231/.281/.405 with 21 home runs and 58 RBI in 523 at-bats last season.

The Blue Jays are dealing with an injury to left fielder Michael Saunders, but it was announced Friday that Saunders is only expected to miss up to six weeks after initially being thought to be out until the All-Star break. While Saunders is out, Viciedo could figure into the mix in left field if he makes the team's 25-man roster.