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2012 Draft Prep: 10-team, AL H2H draft

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Through the early days of March, Miguel Cabrera has been the most popular Fantasy player in terms of average draft position, and the trend held in our 10-team AL-only Head-to-Head mock draft. Cabrera was chosen ahead of Jose Bautista, Albert Pujols and Adrian Gonzalez, as hitters dominated the first round. Though pitching is scarce in the AL relative to the NL, Justin Verlander (fifth overall) and CC Sabathia (10th overall) were the only pitchers represented through the end of Round 1.

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High-end outfielders and shortstops are also in relatively short supply in the AL, and once the top options came off the board, owners were in no hurry to fill the position. Through the first four rounds, only seven outfielders had been selected, and one of those -- Bautista -- will likely fill a third base slot. It wasn't until the middle of the fifth round that owners started targeting outfielders in earnest, as Desmond Jennings, Nick Swisher, B.J. Upton and Ichiro Suzuki were all claimed within a span of six picks. The first shortstop, Asdrubal Cabrera, was not taken until the third round, and by the time Derek Jeter was picked to start off Round 10, only three more -- Elvis Andrus, Alexei Ramirez and Jhonny Peralta -- had been drafted. It's common for owners to bide their time in getting a starting shortstop, but the results of this mock draft suggest that there is enough scarcity among AL outfielders that you can also be patient in targeting them, even for your No. 1 slot.

Owners didn't start pursuing relief-eligible pitchers until the seventh round, and initially, pitchers who are slated to be starters with relief eligibility were of great interest. Matt Moore (65th overall) and Neftali Feliz (77th overall) were among the first four relief-eligible pitchers taken, and Chris Sale (109th overall) and Daniel Bard (122nd overall) were among the top 13 relievers taken. In Head-to-Head formats, starters often make a better use of an RP slot than an actual closer, so be sure to keep the likes of Moore and Feliz on your radar.

Finally, there is the perennial question of where to take players who are not eligible at a position other than utility, as they are full-time designated hitters in real life. Billy Butler and David Ortiz can be just as productive as many of the hitters taken in the earlier rounds, but because of their lack of position flexibility, both were passed over until the sixth round.

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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

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

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Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Richard Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
2 Melchior Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
3 Gauna Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
4 Moore Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, BOS
5 Hurcomb Justin Verlander, SP, DET
6 Lippman Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS
7 Madden Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
8 Goodwin Prince Fielder, 1B, DET
9 White Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
10 Tobin CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
11 Tobin Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
12 White Carlos Santana, C, CLE
13 Goodwin Dan Haren, SP, LAA
14 Madden Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
15 Lippman Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
16 Hurcomb Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX
17 Moore Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
18 Gauna Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
19 Melchior Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX
20 Richard David Price, SP, TB
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
21 Richard Jon Lester, SP, BOS
22 Melchior Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
23 Gauna Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
24 Moore Alex Avila, C, DET
25 Hurcomb Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
26 Lippman Mike Napoli, C, TEX
27 Madden Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
28 Goodwin Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
29 White Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
30 Tobin Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CLE
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
31 Tobin Michael Young, 3B, TEX
32 White Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
33 Goodwin Alex Gordon, OF, KC
34 Madden Josh Beckett, SP, BOS
35 Lippman Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
36 Hurcomb James Shields, SP, TB
37 Moore Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS
38 Gauna Ricky Romero, SP, TOR
39 Melchior C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
40 Richard Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
41 Richard Joe Mauer, C, MIN
42 Melchior Howard Kendrick, 2B, LAA
43 Gauna Jesus Montero, C, SEA
44 Moore Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
45 Hurcomb Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
46 Lippman Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
47 Madden Nick Swisher, OF, NYY
48 Goodwin B.J. Upton, OF, TB
49 White Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
50 Tobin Ichiro Suzuki, OF, SEA
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
51 Tobin Kelly Johnson, 2B, TOR
52 White Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
53 Goodwin Ervin Santana, SP, LAA
54 Madden Billy Butler, U, KC
55 Lippman Matt Wieters, C, BAL
56 Hurcomb David Ortiz, U, BOS
57 Moore Carl Crawford, OF, BOS
58 Gauna Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK
59 Melchior Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
60 Richard Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
61 Richard Mariano Rivera, RP, NYY
62 Melchior Russell Martin, C, NYY
63 Gauna Doug Fister, SP, DET
64 Moore Adam Jones, OF, BAL
65 Hurcomb Matt Moore, RP, TB
66 Lippman Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB
67 Madden Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, CLE
68 Goodwin Jose Valverde, RP, DET
69 White Max Scherzer, SP, DET
70 Tobin Derek Holland, SP, TEX
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
71 Tobin Mark Reynolds, 3B, BAL
72 White Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
73 Goodwin Jhonny Peralta, SS, DET
74 Madden Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
75 Lippman Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
76 Hurcomb Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
77 Moore Neftali Feliz, RP, TEX
78 Gauna Jeff Francoeur, OF, KC
79 Melchior Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK
80 Richard Matt Joyce, OF, TB
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
81 Richard Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS
82 Melchior Austin Jackson, OF, DET
83 Gauna Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
84 Moore Joakim Soria, RP, KC
85 Hurcomb Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN
86 Lippman Jordan Walden, RP, LAA
87 Madden Brennan Boesch, OF, DET
88 Goodwin Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
89 White Sergio Santos, RP, TOR
90 Tobin Kyle Farnsworth, RP, TB
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
91 Tobin Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
92 White John Danks, SP, CHW
93 Goodwin Torii Hunter, OF, LAA
94 Madden Jeff Niemann, SP, TB
95 Lippman J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
96 Hurcomb Colby Lewis, SP, TEX
97 Moore Gavin Floyd, SP, CHW
98 Gauna Delmon Young, OF, DET
99 Melchior Brandon League, RP, SEA
100 Richard Carlos Pena, 1B, TB
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
101 Richard Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
102 Melchior Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
103 Gauna Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR
104 Moore Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR
105 Hurcomb Matt Capps, RP, MIN
106 Lippman Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
107 Madden Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
108 Goodwin J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR
109 White Chris Sale, RP, CHW
110 Tobin Francisco Liriano, SP, MIN
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
111 Tobin Kurt Suzuki, C, OAK
112 White Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
113 Goodwin Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
114 Madden Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA
115 Lippman Kendrys Morales, 1B, LAA
116 Hurcomb Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
117 Moore Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR
118 Gauna Ben Revere, OF, MIN
119 Melchior Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
120 Richard Phil Hughes, SP, NYY
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
121 Richard Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA
122 Melchior Daniel Bard, RP, BOS
123 Gauna Bruce Chen, SP, KC
124 Moore Vernon Wells, OF, LAA
125 Hurcomb Chris Perez, RP, CLE
126 Lippman Jim Johnson, RP, BAL
127 Madden Rick Porcello, SP, DET
128 Goodwin Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW
129 White Scott Baker, SP, MIN
130 Tobin Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
131 Tobin Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL
132 White Alex Rios, OF, CHW
133 Goodwin Felipe Paulino, SP, KC
134 Madden Cliff Pennington, SS, OAK
135 Lippman Henderson Alvarez, SP, TOR
136 Hurcomb Matt Harrison, SP, TEX
137 Moore Ryan Raburn, OF, DET
138 Gauna Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
139 Melchior Jonathan Sanchez, SP, KC
140 Richard Wade Davis, SP, TB
Round 15
Pick Owner Player
141 Richard Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL
142 Melchior Philip Humber, SP, CHW
143 Gauna Matt Thornton, RP, CHW
144 Moore Josh Tomlin, SP, CLE
145 Hurcomb Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
146 Lippman Jake Arrieta, SP, BAL
147 Madden Alfredo Aceves, RP, BOS
148 Goodwin Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
149 White Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
150 Tobin Addison Reed, RP, CHW
Round 16
Pick Owner Player
151 Tobin Jake Peavy, SP, CHW
152 White Jason Vargas, SP, SEA
153 Goodwin Mark Trumbo, 1B, LAA
154 Madden Hector Noesi, RP, SEA
155 Lippman Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX
156 Hurcomb Carl Pavano, SP, MIN
157 Moore Luke Hochevar, SP, KC
158 Gauna Blake Beavan, SP, SEA
159 Melchior Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
160 Richard Mike Carp, 1B, SEA
Round 17
Pick Owner Player
161 Richard Brett Cecil, SP, TOR
162 Melchior Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
163 Gauna Danny Valencia, 3B, MIN
164 Moore Bartolo Colon, SP, OAK
165 Hurcomb Salvador Perez, C, KC
166 Lippman Raul Ibanez, OF, NYY
167 Madden A.J. Pierzynski, C, CHW
168 Goodwin Mark Melancon, RP, BOS
169 White Dallas Braden, SP, OAK
170 Tobin Mike Trout, OF, LAA
Round 18
Pick Owner Player
171 Tobin Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
172 White Denard Span, OF, MIN
173 Goodwin Brian Matusz, SP, BAL
174 Madden Bobby Abreu, OF, LAA
175 Lippman Eduardo Nunez, SS, NYY
176 Hurcomb Ryan Doumit, C, MIN
177 Moore Chris Iannetta, C, LAA
178 Gauna Eric Thames, OF, TOR
179 Melchior Aaron Crow, RP, KC
180 Richard Seth Smith, OF, OAK
Round 19
Pick Owner Player
181 Richard Mike Aviles, 3B, BOS
182 Melchior Zach Britton, SP, BAL
183 Gauna Derek Lowe, SP, CLE
184 Moore Cody Ross, OF, BOS
185 Hurcomb Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE
186 Lippman Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL
187 Madden Johnny Giavotella, 2B, KC
188 Goodwin Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
189 White Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK
190 Tobin David Murphy, OF, TEX
Round 20
Pick Owner Player
191 Tobin Brad Peacock, SP, OAK
192 White Danny Duffy, SP, KC
193 Goodwin Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
194 Madden Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL
195 Lippman Luke Scott, OF, TB
196 Hurcomb Alexi Casilla, 2B, MIN
197 Moore Travis Hafner, U, CLE
198 Gauna Chone Figgins, 3B, SEA
199 Melchior Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
200 Richard Freddy Garcia, SP, NYY
Round 21
Pick Owner Player
201 Richard Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA
202 Melchior Ryan Sweeney, OF, BOS
203 Gauna Josh Donaldson, C, OAK
204 Moore Kyle Drabek, SP, TOR
205 Hurcomb Dustin McGowan, SP, TOR
206 Lippman Fausto Carmona, SP, CLE
207 Madden Alberto Callaspo, 3B, LAA
208 Goodwin Rajai Davis, OF, TOR
209 White Travis Snider, OF, TOR
210 Tobin Casey Kotchman, 1B, CLE
 
Team by Team
Adam Moore
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, BOS
2.7 Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
3.4 Alex Avila, C, DET
4.7 Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS
5.4 Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
6.7 Carl Crawford, OF, BOS
7.4 Adam Jones, OF, BAL
8.7 Neftali Feliz, RP, TEX
9.4 Joakim Soria, RP, KC
10.7 Gavin Floyd, SP, CHW
11.4 Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR
12.7 Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR
13.4 Vernon Wells, OF, LAA
14.7 Ryan Raburn, OF, DET
15.4 Josh Tomlin, SP, CLE
16.7 Luke Hochevar, SP, KC
17.4 Bartolo Colon, SP, OAK
18.7 Chris Iannetta, C, LAA
19.4 Cody Ross, OF, BOS
20.7 Travis Hafner, U, CLE
21.4 Kyle Drabek, SP, TOR
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
2.9 Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX
3.2 Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
4.9 C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
5.2 Howard Kendrick, 2B, LAA
6.9 Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
7.2 Russell Martin, C, NYY
8.9 Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK
9.2 Austin Jackson, OF, DET
10.9 Brandon League, RP, SEA
11.2 Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
12.9 Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
13.2 Daniel Bard, RP, BOS
14.9 Jonathan Sanchez, SP, KC
15.2 Philip Humber, SP, CHW
16.9 Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
17.2 Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
18.9 Aaron Crow, RP, KC
19.2 Zach Britton, SP, BAL
20.9 Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
21.2 Ryan Sweeney, OF, BOS
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
2.1 David Price, SP, TB
3.10 Jon Lester, SP, BOS
4.1 Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
5.10 Joe Mauer, C, MIN
6.1 Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
7.10 Mariano Rivera, RP, NYY
8.1 Matt Joyce, OF, TB
9.10 Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS
10.1 Carlos Pena, 1B, TB
11.10 Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
12.1 Phil Hughes, SP, NYY
13.10 Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA
14.1 Wade Davis, SP, TB
15.10 Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL
16.1 Mike Carp, 1B, SEA
17.10 Brett Cecil, SP, TOR
18.1 Seth Smith, OF, OAK
19.10 Mike Aviles, 3B, BOS
20.1 Freddy Garcia, SP, NYY
21.10 Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA
Ed Gauna
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
2.8 Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
3.3 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
4.8 Ricky Romero, SP, TOR
5.3 Jesus Montero, C, SEA
6.8 Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK
7.3 Doug Fister, SP, DET
8.8 Jeff Francoeur, OF, KC
9.3 Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
10.8 Delmon Young, OF, DET
11.3 Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR
12.8 Ben Revere, OF, MIN
13.3 Bruce Chen, SP, KC
14.8 Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
15.3 Matt Thornton, RP, CHW
16.8 Blake Beavan, SP, SEA
17.3 Danny Valencia, 3B, MIN
18.8 Eric Thames, OF, TOR
19.3 Derek Lowe, SP, CLE
20.8 Chone Figgins, 3B, SEA
21.3 Josh Donaldson, C, OAK
Jeff Lippman
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS
2.5 Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
3.6 Mike Napoli, C, TEX
4.5 Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
5.6 Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
6.5 Matt Wieters, C, BAL
7.6 Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB
8.5 Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
9.6 Jordan Walden, RP, LAA
10.5 J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
11.6 Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
12.5 Kendrys Morales, 1B, LAA
13.6 Jim Johnson, RP, BAL
14.5 Henderson Alvarez, SP, TOR
15.6 Jake Arrieta, SP, BAL
16.5 Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX
17.6 Raul Ibanez, OF, NYY
18.5 Eduardo Nunez, SS, NYY
19.6 Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL
20.5 Luke Scott, OF, TB
21.6 Fausto Carmona, SP, CLE
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
2.1 Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
3.10 Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CLE
4.1 Michael Young, 3B, TEX
5.10 Ichiro Suzuki, OF, SEA
6.1 Kelly Johnson, 2B, TOR
7.10 Derek Holland, SP, TEX
8.1 Mark Reynolds, 3B, BAL
9.10 Kyle Farnsworth, RP, TB
10.1 Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
11.10 Francisco Liriano, SP, MIN
12.1 Kurt Suzuki, C, OAK
13.10 Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
14.1 Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL
15.10 Addison Reed, RP, CHW
16.1 Jake Peavy, SP, CHW
17.10 Mike Trout, OF, LAA
18.1 Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
19.10 David Murphy, OF, TEX
20.1 Brad Peacock, SP, OAK
21.10 Casey Kotchman, 1B, CLE
Kevin Goodwin
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Prince Fielder, 1B, DET
2.3 Dan Haren, SP, LAA
3.8 Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
4.3 Alex Gordon, OF, KC
5.8 B.J. Upton, OF, TB
6.3 Ervin Santana, SP, LAA
7.8 Jose Valverde, RP, DET
8.3 Jhonny Peralta, SS, DET
9.8 Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
10.3 Torii Hunter, OF, LAA
11.8 J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR
12.3 Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
13.8 Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW
14.3 Felipe Paulino, SP, KC
15.8 Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
16.3 Mark Trumbo, 1B, LAA
17.8 Mark Melancon, RP, BOS
18.3 Brian Matusz, SP, BAL
19.8 Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
20.3 Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
21.8 Rajai Davis, OF, TOR
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Justin Verlander, SP, DET
2.6 Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX
3.5 Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
4.6 James Shields, SP, TB
5.5 Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
6.6 David Ortiz, U, BOS
7.5 Matt Moore, RP, TB
8.6 Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
9.5 Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN
10.6 Colby Lewis, SP, TEX
11.5 Matt Capps, RP, MIN
12.6 Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
13.5 Chris Perez, RP, CLE
14.6 Matt Harrison, SP, TEX
15.5 Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
16.6 Carl Pavano, SP, MIN
17.5 Salvador Perez, C, KC
18.6 Ryan Doumit, C, MIN
19.5 Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE
20.6 Alexi Casilla, 2B, MIN
21.5 Dustin McGowan, SP, TOR
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
2.4 Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
3.7 Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
4.4 Josh Beckett, SP, BOS
5.7 Nick Swisher, OF, NYY
6.4 Billy Butler, U, KC
7.7 Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, CLE
8.4 Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
9.7 Brennan Boesch, OF, DET
10.4 Jeff Niemann, SP, TB
11.7 Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
12.4 Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA
13.7 Rick Porcello, SP, DET
14.4 Cliff Pennington, SS, OAK
15.7 Alfredo Aceves, RP, BOS
16.4 Hector Noesi, RP, SEA
17.7 A.J. Pierzynski, C, CHW
18.4 Bobby Abreu, OF, LAA
19.7 Johnny Giavotella, 2B, KC
20.4 Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL
21.7 Alberto Callaspo, 3B, LAA
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
2.2 Carlos Santana, C, CLE
3.9 Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
4.2 Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
5.9 Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
6.2 Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
7.9 Max Scherzer, SP, DET
8.2 Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
9.9 Sergio Santos, RP, TOR
10.2 John Danks, SP, CHW
11.9 Chris Sale, RP, CHW
12.2 Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
13.9 Scott Baker, SP, MIN
14.2 Alex Rios, OF, CHW
15.9 Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
16.2 Jason Vargas, SP, SEA
17.9 Dallas Braden, SP, OAK
18.2 Denard Span, OF, MIN
19.9 Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK
20.2 Danny Duffy, SP, KC
21.9 Travis Snider, OF, TOR

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by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:35 pm ET) Mariners catcher John Hicks might not be on the radar as an elite prospect, but after posting a .288/.337/.419/.756 slash line through four minor-league seasons, he at least has the attention of the Mariners' decision makers.

“He’s a catcher who has the ability to do a lot of things,” manager Lloyd McClendon said, per The News Tribune. “His bat plays. He’s got a bright future. He’ll probably see significant playing time this spring.”

Hicks is expected to open the season at Triple-A Tacoma, but he could make his MLB debut in 2015.

“Listen, you’re on the 40-man roster,” McClendon said. “You’re on that roster for a reason. That’s to (the club to) protect you in case we have injuries. Then you move up.

“So, yeah, there’s a chance he could see time in the big leagues this year if there’s an injury.”


Twins P Ryan Pressly hoping to earn bullpen spot
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4:25 pm ET) Relief pitcher Ryan Pressly was able to crack the Twins' roster in 2013 only to spend most of last season in the minors, thanks to three minor-league options he had left. 

This spring training, Pressly is looking to do enough to prove he deserves a spot on the Twins roster once camp is over. 

"We'll see how everything kind of plays out," Pressly said. "It's going to be interesting. You've got guys like [Michael] Tonkin and Lester [Oliveros] who are going to come out of the gates swinging. I just have to control what I can control. So, it's about who shows up and who has a good spring, and I'm hoping I have a good spring like I did in 2013."

With Triple-A Rochester, Pressly posted a 2.98 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. When he was called up to the Twins in July, he posted a 2.86 ERA in 25 games. 


Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista grateful to have starting job
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:21 pm ET) Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista is ready for the challenge of entering the season as a starter for the first time in his career, per MLB.com.

"I'm blessed that they gave me the opportunity and that gave me more confidence, being an everyday player," he said.

Monitoring Amarista's progress will be one thing Padres general manager A.J. Preller will watch closely this spring.

"I think, in general, we're really more anxious just to see how the spring training goes for the infield, in the middle of the infield, with Alexi and Clint Barmes, we're hoping we're covered," Preller said.


Twins C Josmil Pinto has eyes set on improving defensively
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4:20 pm ET) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto struggled defensive last season. He was unable to throw out a base steals in all 20 attempts in 2014. Pinto, who is an early favorite to secure a backup spot behind Kurt Suzuki this season, told reporters he played Venezuela this offseason to get more reps and improve his skills defensively, according to MLB.com.

"That's the first reason I went to Venezuela," Pinto said. "I wanted to catch a couple games and improve my defense. It was the first year I played a complete season. So it was good.

"Improving my defense is the most important part to me making the team," Pinto said. "And I want to make the team."


Hernandez's absence could hurt chances of making Astros' rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:13 pm ET) Astros starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, who is expected to compete for a spot in the rotation, has still not arrived for spring training due to visa issues.

While he is throwing bullpen sessions in the Dominican Republic, manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that Hernandez's absence could cost him a chance to earn a spot in the rotation.

"It's going to depend upon him showing up ready to go," Hinch said, per MLB.com. "He is a veteran guy, so I don't sense that he's going to come in unprepared. But once games start, we're starting to get a little bit behind."


Royals' Yost: We're going to give Raul Mondesi a 'good look' in camp
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4:11 pm ET) Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters he's going to give shortstop prospect Raul Mondesi a "good look" during spring training, per MLB.com.

"We are just here to give him a good look, let him play and get some experience and let him enjoy big league Spring Training," Yost said. "Everything jumps out. He's that kind of guy. He just stands out a little bit. He's going to be a special player."

Mondesi, the son of Raul Mondesi Sr. and the youngest player in camp at 19, is the top prospect in the organization, after signing for $2 million as an international free agent in 2011, according to MLB.com. He hit .211/.256/.354 over 435 at-bats in the Carolina League in 2014. He could be in line for a Double-A promotion in 2015.


Royals OF Alex Gordon says he feels great after hitting off tee
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:06 pm ET) Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, who had surgery on his right wrist in December, remains on track to be ready for the start of the season, according to MLB.com.

"We don't have a progression. It's just day by day," Gordon said. "After we swung it today, we talked about how we are going to approach it [Saturday], and I think that's how we are doing it right now. If it was during the season, obviously it would be pushing it forward a lot quicker, but we are just taking it slow and trying to be smart about it."

Gordon has taken the next step in his rehab after hitting off a tee Thursday and Friday.

"I had about 20 or 30 swings, and it felt great," Gordon said. "As long as it doesn't come back with any pain or suffering tonight, I'll probably have a little soft-toss. It's pretty exciting. Honestly, it is. That's not a joke.

"I turned it loose the last 10 swings [Friday], and it almost felt like the more I turned it loose, the better it got. That's a good sign that most of the discomfort, if there is any, comes from lack of swings and being stiff."


 
 
 
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