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2013 Draft Prep: 12-team Roto mock

Senior Fantasy Writer
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Why not ring in the new year with a little mock draft, Rotisserie-style, to get an early look at what February and March have in store? The participants ...

1. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
2. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
3. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
4. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
5. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
6. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
7. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
8. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
9. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer
10. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer

As you can see, not everyone went by the book. Miguel Cabrera was the first pick, sure, but Ryan Braun, a candidate for the top spot, dropped to fourth, behind No. 1 pitcher Justin Verlander and sophomore sensation Mike Trout. The end of the first round is where opinions really started to vary, though. Evan Longoria and Troy Tulowitzki are both justifiable selections, but any of Picks 11-19 could have conceivably gone off the board at that point. Whether that means the pool of legitimate first-rounders extends halfway into the second round or ends with Pick 10 is a matter of perspective.

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As typically happens in Rotisserie leagues, pitchers weren't in high demand. Sure, the perennial Cy Young contenders like Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez and David Price went off the board early, but top-20 options like James Shields and Yu Darvish were still available in Round 8. And closers? Forget it. After Craig Kimbrel in Round 6, the next one (Jonathan Papelbon) didn't go off the board until Round 10.

This group wasn't shy about reaching for rookies. Even the ones who aren't assured roster spots at the start of the season -- from Wil Myers in Round 12 to Travis d'Arnaud, Billy Hamilton and Jurickson Profar later on -- were in high demand here. After the impact Trout and Bryce Harper made as late-April call-ups last year, stashing these guys ahead of time might become the norm.

A few other observations: Between Ben Revere, Carlos Gomez, Alcides Escobar, Brett Gardner, Norichika Aoki, Everth Cabrera, Coco Crisp and Adam Eaton, plenty of speed was available late. You don't want to shortchange power early ... Melky Cabrera might not be universally distrusted after all. Round 9 isn't exactly a bargain for him, given the risk ... Because David Ortiz and Victor Martinez are the only two DH-only players worth selecting in mixed leagues, they have a tendency to get lost in the shuffle. Ortiz in particular went a good two or three rounds later than he should have in each of our first two mock drafts.

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Towers Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
2 Mello Justin Verlander, P, DET
3 Moore Mike Trout, OF, LAA
4 Hurcomb Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
5 Tobin Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
6 Melchior Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
7 Madden Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
8 Lippman Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
9 Gauna Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD
10 White Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
11 Di Fino Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
12 Passonno Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Passonno Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
14 Di Fino Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
15 White Prince Fielder, 1B, DET
16 Gauna Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
17 Lippman Felix Hernandez, P, SEA
18 Madden Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
19 Melchior Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
20 Tobin Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
21 Hurcomb Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
22 Moore Buster Posey, C, SF
23 Mello Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
24 Towers Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Towers Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
26 Mello David Wright, 3B, NYM
27 Moore Hanley Ramirez, 3B, LAD
28 Hurcomb David Price, P, TB
29 Tobin Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX
30 Melchior Matt Holliday, OF, STL
31 Madden Cole Hamels, P, PHI
32 Lippman Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS
33 Gauna Matt Cain, P, SF
34 White Ben Zobrist, OF, TB
35 Di Fino Justin Upton, OF, ARI
36 Passonno Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Passonno Jered Weaver, P, LAA
38 Di Fino Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
39 White Chase Headley, 3B, SD
40 Gauna Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
41 Lippman Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
42 Madden Joe Mauer, C, MIN
43 Melchior Cliff Lee, P, PHI
44 Tobin Zack Greinke, P, LAD
45 Hurcomb Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
46 Moore Carlos Santana, C, CLE
47 Mello Billy Butler, 1B, KC
48 Towers Alex Gordon, OF, KC
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Towers Johnny Cueto, P, CIN
50 Mello Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
51 Moore Allen Craig, 1B, STL
52 Hurcomb Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS
53 Tobin Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS
54 Melchior Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
55 Madden Adam Jones, OF, BAL
56 Lippman Yadier Molina, C, STL
57 Gauna Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
58 White Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CIN
59 Di Fino Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
60 Passonno Austin Jackson, OF, DET
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Passonno Martin Prado, OF, ATL
62 Di Fino Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
63 White Madison Bumgarner, P, SF
64 Gauna Matt Wieters, C, BAL
65 Lippman Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
66 Madden R.A. Dickey, P, TOR
67 Melchior Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
68 Tobin B.J. Upton, OF, ATL
69 Hurcomb Craig Kimbrel, P, ATL
70 Moore CC Sabathia, P, NYY
71 Mello Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
72 Towers Michael Bourn, OF, ATL
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Towers Adam Wainwright, P, STL
74 Mello Chris Sale, P, CHW
75 Moore Kris Medlen, P, ATL
76 Hurcomb Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN
77 Tobin Yu Darvish, P, TEX
78 Melchior Max Scherzer, P, DET
79 Madden Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
80 Lippman Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
81 Gauna James Shields, P, KC
82 White Mat Latos, P, CIN
83 Di Fino Roy Halladay, P, PHI
84 Passonno Brian McCann, C, ATL
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Passonno Brandon Morrow, P, TOR
86 Di Fino Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
87 White Alex Rios, OF, CHW
88 Gauna Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
89 Lippman Jordan Zimmermann, P, WAS
90 Madden Yovani Gallardo, P, MIL
91 Melchior Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
92 Tobin Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
93 Hurcomb David Ortiz, DH, BOS
94 Moore Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
95 Mello Carlos Beltran, OF, STL
96 Towers Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Towers Jake Peavy, P, CHW
98 Mello Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR
99 Moore Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
100 Hurcomb Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
101 Tobin Josh Johnson, P, TOR
102 Melchior Mike Napoli, C, TEX
103 Madden Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
104 Lippman Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
105 Gauna David Freese, 3B, STL
106 White Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
107 Di Fino Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
108 Passonno C.J. Wilson, P, LAA
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Passonno Michael Morse, OF, WAS
110 Di Fino Jon Lester, P, BOS
111 White Wilin Rosario, C, COL
112 Gauna Miguel Montero, C, ARI
113 Lippman Doug Fister, P, DET
114 Madden Jonathan Papelbon, P, PHI
115 Melchior Victor Martinez, DH, DET
116 Tobin Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
117 Hurcomb Mark Trumbo, OF, LAA
118 Moore Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY
119 Mello Salvador Perez, C, KC
120 Towers Alex Avila, C, DET
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Towers Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
122 Mello Ian Kennedy, P, ARI
123 Moore Andre Ethier, OF, LAD
124 Hurcomb Jesus Montero, C, SEA
125 Tobin Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
126 Melchior Matt Moore, P, TB
127 Madden Hunter Pence, OF, SF
128 Lippman Yasmani Grandal, C, SD
129 Gauna Fernando Rodney, P, TB
130 White Jeff Samardzija, P, CHC
131 Di Fino Dan Haren, P, WAS
132 Passonno Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Passonno Howard Kendrick, 2B, LAA
134 Di Fino Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
135 White Wil Myers, OF, KC
136 Gauna Emilio Bonifacio, OF, TOR
137 Lippman Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
138 Madden Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
139 Melchior Angel Pagan, OF, SF
140 Tobin Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
141 Hurcomb Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
142 Moore Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY
143 Mello Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
144 Towers Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Towers Joe Nathan, P, TEX
146 Mello Ryan Dempster, P, BOS
147 Moore Joel Hanrahan, P, BOS
148 Hurcomb Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
149 Tobin Nick Swisher, OF, NYY
150 Melchior J.J. Putz, P, ARI
151 Madden Tim Lincecum, P, SF
152 Lippman Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
153 Gauna Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
154 White Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
155 Di Fino J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
156 Passonno Jonathon Niese, P, NYM
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Passonno Ben Revere, OF, PHI
158 Di Fino Matt Garza, P, CHC
159 White Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
160 Gauna Tom Wilhelmsen, P, SEA
161 Lippman Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
162 Madden Jason Motte, P, STL
163 Melchior Ryan Vogelsong, P, SF
164 Tobin Mike Minor, P, ATL
165 Hurcomb Drew Storen, P, WAS
166 Moore Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN
167 Mello Anibal Sanchez, P, DET
168 Towers Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Towers Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
170 Mello Matt Harvey, P, NYM
171 Moore Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
172 Hurcomb Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
173 Tobin J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR
174 Melchior Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
175 Madden Dexter Fowler, OF, COL
176 Lippman Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
177 Gauna Jarrod Parker, P, OAK
178 White Brett Anderson, P, OAK
179 Di Fino Josh Beckett, P, LAD
180 Passonno Michael Young, 1B, PHI
Round 16
Pick Team Player
181 Passonno Tim Hudson, P, ATL
182 Di Fino Trevor Bauer, P, CLE
183 White Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
184 Gauna Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
185 Lippman Mariano Rivera, P, NYY
186 Madden Lance Lynn, P, STL
187 Melchior A.J. Burnett, P, PIT
188 Tobin Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
189 Hurcomb Ryan Doumit, C, MIN
190 Moore Chris Young, OF, OAK
191 Mello Alfonso Soriano, OF, CHC
192 Towers Hiroki Kuroda, P, NYY
Round 17
Pick Team Player
193 Towers Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
194 Mello Jim Johnson, P, BAL
195 Moore Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
196 Hurcomb Wade Miley, P, ARI
197 Tobin Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA
198 Melchior Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
199 Madden Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
200 Lippman Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB
201 Gauna Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
202 White A.J. Griffin, P, OAK
203 Di Fino John Axford, P, MIL
204 Passonno Ricky Romero, P, TOR
Round 18
Pick Team Player
205 Passonno Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
206 Di Fino Huston Street, P, SD
207 White Greg Holland, P, KC
208 Gauna Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
209 Lippman Chris Davis, OF, BAL
210 Madden Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
211 Melchior Sergio Romo, P, SF
212 Tobin Jason Kubel, OF, ARI
213 Hurcomb Starling Marte, OF, PIT
214 Moore Kyle Lohse, P, STL
215 Mello Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
216 Towers Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS
Round 19
Pick Team Player
217 Towers Ryan Madson, P, LAA
218 Mello Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
219 Moore Andrew Bailey, P, BOS
220 Hurcomb Chris Perez, P, CLE
221 Tobin Shelby Miller, P, STL
222 Melchior Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN
223 Madden A.J. Pierzynski, C, TEX
224 Lippman Johan Santana, P, NYM
225 Gauna Rafael Soriano, P, NYY
226 White Adam Eaton, OF, ARI
227 Di Fino Trevor Cahill, P, ARI
228 Passonno Homer Bailey, P, CIN
Round 20
Pick Team Player
229 Passonno Clay Buchholz, P, BOS
230 Di Fino Russell Martin, C, PIT
231 White Glen Perkins, P, MIN
232 Gauna Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
233 Lippman Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
234 Madden Carlos Quentin, OF, SD
235 Melchior Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
236 Tobin Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
237 Hurcomb Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD
238 Moore Brandon League, P, LAD
239 Mello Phil Hughes, P, NYY
240 Towers Vance Worley, P, MIN
Round 21
Pick Team Player
241 Towers Matt Harrison, P, TEX
242 Mello Mark Reynolds, 1B, CLE
243 Moore Chris Carpenter, P, STL
244 Hurcomb Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU
245 Tobin Alexi Ogando, P, TEX
246 Melchior Marco Estrada, P, MIL
247 Madden Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
248 Lippman Jon Jay, OF, STL
249 Gauna Edwin Jackson, P, CHC
250 White Casey Janssen, P, TOR
251 Di Fino Tyler Colvin, OF, COL
252 Passonno Tommy Hanson, P, LAA
Round 22
Pick Team Player
253 Passonno Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
254 Di Fino Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
255 White Billy Hamilton, SS, CIN
256 Gauna Drew Stubbs, OF, CLE
257 Lippman Jason Hammel, P, BAL
258 Madden Grant Balfour, P, OAK
259 Melchior Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
260 Tobin Dylan Bundy, P, BAL
261 Hurcomb Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK
262 Moore James McDonald, P, PIT
263 Mello Jose Valverde, P, DET
264 Towers Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
Round 23
Pick Team Player
265 Towers Brian Wilson, P, SF
266 Mello Juan Pierre, OF, PHI
267 Moore Shaun Marcum, P, MIL
268 Hurcomb Mike Fiers, P, MIL
269 Tobin Tyler Skaggs, P, ARI
270 Melchior Steve Cishek, P, MIA
271 Madden Bruce Rondon, P, DET
272 Lippman Andy Pettitte, P, NYY
273 Gauna Ernesto Frieri, P, LAA
274 White Alex Cobb, P, TB
275 Di Fino Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
276 Passonno A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
 
Team by Team
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
2.2 Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
3.11 Justin Upton, OF, ARI
4.2 Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
5.11 Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
6.2 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
7.11 Roy Halladay, P, PHI
8.2 Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
9.11 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
10.2 Jon Lester, P, BOS
11.11 Dan Haren, P, WAS
12.2 Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
13.11 J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
14.2 Matt Garza, P, CHC
15.11 Josh Beckett, P, LAD
16.2 Trevor Bauer, P, CLE
17.11 John Axford, P, MIL
18.2 Huston Street, P, SD
19.11 Trevor Cahill, P, ARI
20.2 Russell Martin, C, PIT
21.11 Tyler Colvin, OF, COL
22.2 Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
23.11 Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
Ed Gauna
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD
2.4 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
3.9 Matt Cain, P, SF
4.4 Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
5.9 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
6.4 Matt Wieters, C, BAL
7.9 James Shields, P, KC
8.4 Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
9.9 David Freese, 3B, STL
10.4 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
11.9 Fernando Rodney, P, TB
12.4 Emilio Bonifacio, OF, TOR
13.9 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
14.4 Tom Wilhelmsen, P, SEA
15.9 Jarrod Parker, P, OAK
16.4 Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
17.9 Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
18.4 Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
19.9 Rafael Soriano, P, NYY
20.4 Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
21.9 Edwin Jackson, P, CHC
22.4 Drew Stubbs, OF, CLE
23.9 Ernesto Frieri, P, LAA
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
2.9 Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
3.4 David Price, P, TB
4.9 Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
5.4 Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS
6.9 Craig Kimbrel, P, ATL
7.4 Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN
8.9 David Ortiz, DH, BOS
9.4 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
10.9 Mark Trumbo, OF, LAA
11.4 Jesus Montero, C, SEA
12.9 Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
13.4 Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
14.9 Drew Storen, P, WAS
15.4 Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
16.9 Ryan Doumit, C, MIN
17.4 Wade Miley, P, ARI
18.9 Starling Marte, OF, PIT
19.4 Chris Perez, P, CLE
20.9 Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD
21.4 Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU
22.9 Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK
23.4 Mike Fiers, P, MIL
Jeff Lippman
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
2.5 Felix Hernandez, P, SEA
3.8 Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS
4.5 Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
5.8 Yadier Molina, C, STL
6.5 Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
7.8 Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
8.5 Jordan Zimmermann, P, WAS
9.8 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
10.5 Doug Fister, P, DET
11.8 Yasmani Grandal, C, SD
12.5 Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
13.8 Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
14.5 Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
15.8 Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
16.5 Mariano Rivera, P, NYY
17.8 Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB
18.5 Chris Davis, OF, BAL
19.8 Johan Santana, P, NYM
20.5 Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
21.8 Jon Jay, OF, STL
22.5 Jason Hammel, P, BAL
23.8 Andy Pettitte, P, NYY
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
2.6 Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
3.7 Cole Hamels, P, PHI
4.6 Joe Mauer, C, MIN
5.7 Adam Jones, OF, BAL
6.6 R.A. Dickey, P, TOR
7.7 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
8.6 Yovani Gallardo, P, MIL
9.7 Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
10.6 Jonathan Papelbon, P, PHI
11.7 Hunter Pence, OF, SF
12.6 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
13.7 Tim Lincecum, P, SF
14.6 Jason Motte, P, STL
15.7 Dexter Fowler, OF, COL
16.6 Lance Lynn, P, STL
17.7 Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
18.6 Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
19.7 A.J. Pierzynski, C, TEX
20.6 Carlos Quentin, OF, SD
21.7 Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
22.6 Grant Balfour, P, OAK
23.7 Bruce Rondon, P, DET
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
2.7 Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
3.6 Matt Holliday, OF, STL
4.7 Cliff Lee, P, PHI
5.6 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
6.7 Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
7.6 Max Scherzer, P, DET
8.7 Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
9.6 Mike Napoli, C, TEX
10.7 Victor Martinez, DH, DET
11.6 Matt Moore, P, TB
12.7 Angel Pagan, OF, SF
13.6 J.J. Putz, P, ARI
14.7 Ryan Vogelsong, P, SF
15.6 Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
16.7 A.J. Burnett, P, PIT
17.6 Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
18.7 Sergio Romo, P, SF
19.6 Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN
20.7 Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
21.6 Marco Estrada, P, MIL
22.7 Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
23.6 Steve Cishek, P, MIA
Igor Mello
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Justin Verlander, P, DET
2.11 Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
3.2 David Wright, 3B, NYM
4.11 Billy Butler, 1B, KC
5.2 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
6.11 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
7.2 Chris Sale, P, CHW
8.11 Carlos Beltran, OF, STL
9.2 Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR
10.11 Salvador Perez, C, KC
11.2 Ian Kennedy, P, ARI
12.11 Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
13.2 Ryan Dempster, P, BOS
14.11 Anibal Sanchez, P, DET
15.2 Matt Harvey, P, NYM
16.11 Alfonso Soriano, OF, CHC
17.2 Jim Johnson, P, BAL
18.11 Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
19.2 Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
20.11 Phil Hughes, P, NYY
21.2 Mark Reynolds, 1B, CLE
22.11 Jose Valverde, P, DET
23.2 Juan Pierre, OF, PHI
Adam Moore
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Mike Trout, OF, LAA
2.10 Buster Posey, C, SF
3.3 Hanley Ramirez, 3B, LAD
4.10 Carlos Santana, C, CLE
5.3 Allen Craig, 1B, STL
6.10 CC Sabathia, P, NYY
7.3 Kris Medlen, P, ATL
8.10 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
9.3 Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
10.10 Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY
11.3 Andre Ethier, OF, LAD
12.10 Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY
13.3 Joel Hanrahan, P, BOS
14.10 Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN
15.3 Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
16.10 Chris Young, OF, OAK
17.3 Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
18.10 Kyle Lohse, P, STL
19.3 Andrew Bailey, P, BOS
20.10 Brandon League, P, LAD
21.3 Chris Carpenter, P, STL
22.10 James McDonald, P, PIT
23.3 Shaun Marcum, P, MIL
Bill Passonno
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
2.1 Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
3.12 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
4.1 Jered Weaver, P, LAA
5.12 Austin Jackson, OF, DET
6.1 Martin Prado, OF, ATL
7.12 Brian McCann, C, ATL
8.1 Brandon Morrow, P, TOR
9.12 C.J. Wilson, P, LAA
10.1 Michael Morse, OF, WAS
11.12 Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
12.1 Howard Kendrick, 2B, LAA
13.12 Jonathon Niese, P, NYM
14.1 Ben Revere, OF, PHI
15.12 Michael Young, 1B, PHI
16.1 Tim Hudson, P, ATL
17.12 Ricky Romero, P, TOR
18.1 Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
19.12 Homer Bailey, P, CIN
20.1 Clay Buchholz, P, BOS
21.12 Tommy Hanson, P, LAA
22.1 Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
23.12 A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
2.8 Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
3.5 Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX
4.8 Zack Greinke, P, LAD
5.5 Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS
6.8 B.J. Upton, OF, ATL
7.5 Yu Darvish, P, TEX
8.8 Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
9.5 Josh Johnson, P, TOR
10.8 Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
11.5 Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
12.8 Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
13.5 Nick Swisher, OF, NYY
14.8 Mike Minor, P, ATL
15.5 J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR
16.8 Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
17.5 Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA
18.8 Jason Kubel, OF, ARI
19.5 Shelby Miller, P, STL
20.8 Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
21.5 Alexi Ogando, P, TEX
22.8 Dylan Bundy, P, BAL
23.5 Tyler Skaggs, P, ARI
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
2.12 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
3.1 Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
4.12 Alex Gordon, OF, KC
5.1 Johnny Cueto, P, CIN
6.12 Michael Bourn, OF, ATL
7.1 Adam Wainwright, P, STL
8.12 Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
9.1 Jake Peavy, P, CHW
10.12 Alex Avila, C, DET
11.1 Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
12.12 Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
13.1 Joe Nathan, P, TEX
14.12 Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
15.1 Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
16.12 Hiroki Kuroda, P, NYY
17.1 Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
18.12 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS
19.1 Ryan Madson, P, LAA
20.12 Vance Worley, P, MIN
21.1 Matt Harrison, P, TEX
22.12 Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
23.1 Brian Wilson, P, SF
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
2.3 Prince Fielder, 1B, DET
3.10 Ben Zobrist, OF, TB
4.3 Chase Headley, 3B, SD
5.10 Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CIN
6.3 Madison Bumgarner, P, SF
7.10 Mat Latos, P, CIN
8.3 Alex Rios, OF, CHW
9.10 Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
10.3 Wilin Rosario, C, COL
11.10 Jeff Samardzija, P, CHC
12.3 Wil Myers, OF, KC
13.10 Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
14.3 Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
15.10 Brett Anderson, P, OAK
16.3 Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
17.10 A.J. Griffin, P, OAK
18.3 Greg Holland, P, KC
19.10 Adam Eaton, OF, ARI
20.3 Glen Perkins, P, MIN
21.10 Casey Janssen, P, TOR
22.3 Billy Hamilton, SS, CIN
23.10 Alex Cobb, P, TB

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Nationals taking a cautious approach with Nate McLouth
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:39 am ET) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Thursday the team will take a cautious approach with outfielder Nate McLouth, who has started a throwing program coming off shoulder surgery in August.

"If we were to say at the end of this week that we're going to play a game and Nate was going to go two innings, we probably wouldn't do that at this point because he has got to go through that progression," Williams said, per MASNsports.com. "What that timeframe depends on is how he feels. You can look at the big picture and say well, you need X amount of rehab for this particular surgery. Everybody is different, of course. But we want to make sure that when he's ready to play, he's ready, because we don't want a setback.

"That being said, he's going through the progression of all of his throwing, he's hitting right now. He doesn't have an issue with that. It's going to get sore, we know it. So there's going to be days where he's going to have to just shut it down for that particular day. Which is frustrating because you want to play. We'll get through spring training with him and kind of monitor him on an everyday basis to see where he is at and act accordingly."


Red Sox's Betts focused on preparing for season, not OF competition
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:32 am ET) Mookie Betts knows he will have to put his best foot forward this spring in order to land a starting spot in the Red Sox's outfield. Betts, however, is not trying to think as much about the competition and rather focus on what he needs to do to prepare for the 2015 season.

“I feel as if I’m just getting ready for the season,” Betts told WEEI.com. “Whether it’s in the big leagues, Triple-A, Double-A, wherever it is, I’m just getting ready for the season and not really focusing so much on making the big-league team, just really just getting ready."

If Betts doesn't win a starting job in the outfield, then he could be a bench option for Boston instead of heading back to the minors.

“Whatever [manager John] Farrell and [general manager Ben] Cherington, whatever they do is what’s going to be best for the Red Sox,” Betts said. “And if that’s me sitting and watching, that’s perfectly fine and I’ll just fill into my role.”


Red Sox's Mujica reveals neck injury played part in 2014 struggles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:21 am ET) Red Sox reliever Edward Mujica got off to a rocky start in 2014, posting a 6.41 ERA through the first two months of the season. He eventually settled down, posting a 2.68 ERA and seven saves over the final four months.

On Friday, Mujica revealed a neck injury played a part in his early season struggles. Mujica was diagnosed with his C1 vertebrae being out of place when he signed with the Red Sox and added the issue didn't clear up until midway through the 2014 season.

“My neck was bothering me when I got here, I got treatment and in spring training I felt good because of the weather,” Mujica said, per WEEI.com. “But then I felt sore in the neck because of the cold weather. I was also adjusting to the American League, all the teams have pretty good hitters 1-9. I just kept working every single day, watching videos, got that [physical] adjustment and got going in the second half.

“The C1 was a little moved out of place, but they put it in the right place in spring training to get through the season. With treatment every single day it helped me a lot after the first two months.”


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright targeting 2-3 weeks for spring debut
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:12 am ET) Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright is targeting 2-3 weeks before he is able to pitch in a spring game, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright was diagnosed with an abdominal strain Thursday after heading back to St. Louis for further evaluation.

Wainwright will have 4-5 days of light activity before he can gradually increase his workouts. He will be re-evaluated Monday before the Cardinals decide if he can rejoin the starters’ throwing program.

“The good thing is it doesn’t hurt so I can continue to throw off the mound and face hitters,” Wainwright said. “I can throw live BP and just won’t field my position.”

With his current timetable and barring setback, Wainwright could make four starts during spring training. 

“Everybody was saying that you need to scale back your innings in spring training,” Wainwright said. “God just naturally found a way to make that happen without ticking me off. ‘OK, Adam, you don’t want to have time off? I’ll make you take time off.’”


Report: Bartolo Colon in the running to start opening day for Mets
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:55 am ET) The Mets are strongly considering veteran starting pitcher Bartolo Colon for the opening day start April 6 at Washington, multiple sources told ESPN. The sources added the Mets have narrowed the choices to Colon and one other pitcher, who was not named.

If Colon, who went 15-13 with a 4.09 ERA in 2014, gets the nod, then he would become the oldest pitcher (41 years, 317 days old) to start on opening day in the majors since Jamie Moyer (43 years, 136 days) and Randy Johnson (42 years, 205 days) in 2006. He also would become the oldest Mets' opening day starter, surpassing Tom Glavine in 2007 (41 years, 7 days). 

Colon has started six times on opening day. Dillon Gee started on opening day for the Mets last season.


Rays' Archer changes offseason program, already seeing benefits
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:45 am ET) Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer has spent the early days of spring training picking the brain of manager Kevin Cash about how Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber transformed into the 2014 AL Cy Young winner, according to The Tampa Tribune. Before taking the job with the Rays, Cash was the Indians bullpen coach (2013-14).

“Kluber has always had stuff, he just hasn’t had the success on that level,” Archer said. “And I’m trying to apply those things, because he saw it firsthand.”

Thus far, Cash has raved about Archer's bullpen sessions and said Archer appears to be game-ready. Archer believes the change in his offseason program is contributing to his promising start to spring training.

“In September, I had success but the body was tired, so I paced myself better in the offseason and I feel really good now,” Archer said. “I would just cycle it a little better to pace myself, because I’m thinking those (less intense) weeks in the offseason are going to help me feel better on the back end (of this season).

“I got to pump the brakes a little bit, because I don’t want to overdo it right now. Because what good is February and March? I’m trying to be good April through October.”


Ernesto Frieri hoping Rays pitching coach can revive career
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:32 am ET) Rays reliever Ernesto Frieri said one of the reasons he signed with Tampa Bay was for the opportunity to work with pitching coach Jim Hickey, per The Tampa Tribune.

“That’s why I’m here,” Frieri said. “I’ve seen Hickey, he’s the man. He knows what he’s doing. He fixed a couple of guys before, and I hope I’m not the exception. I’m pretty sure he’s going to give me the right information and I’m going to take advantage.”

The 29-year-old Frieri had a good run as the Angels closer in 2012 and 2013 before the wheels came off in 2014. He lost the closer's job with Los Angeles and was eventually traded to Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, he was only there a few months before more struggles led to his release.

Frieri said his 2014 struggles were because he developed bad habits. Instead of getting quicker to the plate, he was taller in his delivery, which robbed him of the deception, and caused his fastball to flatten out. The results were a 6.39 ERA with the Angels and a 10.13 ERA with the Pirates.

"(Fernando Rodney was) decent before he got here, but when he got here, wow, he got amazing,” Frieri said. “Hickey said something to him that really worked for him. Hopefully he says something to me that really works for me.”

Thus far, Frieri appears to be the ideal student.

“He seems to be extremely eager to hear what we have to say,” Hickey said. “You never know (how it will turn out), but at least it demonstrated his willingness to be open and try things.”


Report: Angels' Hamilton likely to receive suspension
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(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
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(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
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(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. 


 
 
 
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