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2013 Draft Prep: 12-team, NL-only Roto draft

Senior Fantasy Writer

If you operate under the belief that Chone Figgins' signing of a minor league contract with the Marlins deserves to have some impact in Fantasy, then the world of NL-only may be for you. Figgins went in the 23rd round in our NL-only 12-team Rotisserie League mock draft on Feb. 14 (yes, we sacrificed free Valentine's Day cupcakes in the office cafeteria to draft players in a league that will not exist beyond this column), sandwiched between Jerry Sands and Jake Westbrook.

Even if you don't intend to play in a league this deep, the NL-only mock (paired with the AL-only mock we did earlier in the week) can give a mixed league drafter a chance to see which players may be just under that mixed league cut-off -- Wellington Castillo, taken in the 13th round, may not be on a lot of radars right now, but seeing his name might cause shallower league drafters to make a mental note. If he gets off to a hot start, you'll probably pounce on him before others, who won't even have Castillo on the radar.

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And it goes deeper than Castillo. Much, much deeper, with varying degrees of helpfulness. But in reading the results of NL-only mocks last year, you might have been tipped off to a Kris Medlen, Aroldis Chapman (still just a middle reliever at the start of the year), Bryan LaHair or Allen Craig. To that end, here are some of the more interesting observations from this draft:

• National League pitching is deep. It might be wise to grab an ace early, and then wait until the middle rounds to add some complements. Tim Hudson was drafted in the 14th round, Bronson Arroyo went in the 15th, Ross Detwiler in the 17th and Mark Rodgers was drafted in the 21st. Those four pitchers would have produced a 3.58 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in a combined 712 1/3 innings pitched (we used Baseball Reference to extrapolate Rodgers' underrated 2012 over a full 162-game season) for a Fantasy staff last year, including 513 strikeouts. Throw in an early ace and couple closers, and you have a very competitive staff, made up mostly of later picks that allow an owner to pick up big bats in the earlier rounds.

Matt Carpenter is not going to last until the 14th round in the next NL-only mock. Word out of St. Louis' camp is that his transition to second base is going smoother than expected, and it's no secret the Cardinals want his bat in the lineup. If he's named the starter, he will have second base eligibility by the end of the season's first week. And there is a huge second base chasm between Danny Espinosa and Daniel Murphy (eighth round) and the next two second baseman taken, Logan Forsythe (11th round) and Darwin Barney (13th round). It would be worth it, in a league that is stretched this thin with starting talent, to just eat the empty spot for a week and wait for Carpenter to get the eligibility. He might even sneak into mixed league consideration with a big spring, as well.

• Speedy Reds minor leaguer Billy Hamilton went in the 14th round, just five picks before San Diego prospect Jedd Gyorko was selected. Cardinals prospects Oscar Taveras, Trevor Rosenthal and Kolten Wong were taken in the 15th, 18th and 19th rounds, respectively, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went in the 10th and Cubs prospect Jorge Soler was selected in the 20th. Too early on all counts? Not necessarily. They were generally late gambles, and Roto leagues don't punish you as severely as Head-to-Head formats do for having a couple empty/weak spots for the first month. In a Head-to-Head league, these players would probably go at least two or three rounds later.

• In terms of gambles that may pay off, Francisco Liriano -- now under the transformative power of Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage -- went in the 19th round, just before Barry Zito and Clayton Richard. Frank Francisco, who isn't fully healed from elbow surgery but could regain the Mets' closer role by late April, went in the 18th round. Marlins starter Jacob Turner, the 21-year-old forgotten centerpiece of the trade that sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to Detroit last year, was taken in the 16th round (FUN FACT: in seven starts with the Marlins last year, Turner had a 3.38 ERA and 0.98 WHIP). And Johan Santana, who seemed to be a victim of arm fatigue more than a loss of skill in his return from shoulder surgery last year, went in Round 13.

Our drafters were ...

1. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
2. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
3. Adam Aizer, Fantasy Video/Podcast Host
4. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
5. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
6. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
8. Matt Snyder, Senior MLB Blogger
9. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Sports
10. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer

The results of our NL-only mock are below. Please enjoy, and feel free to leave comments on your own favorite picks at the end of the column.

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Hurcomb Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
2 Melchior Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
3 Aizer Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
4 Lippman Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD
5 Tobin Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
6 White Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
7 Towers Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
8 Snyder Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS
9 Madden Buster Posey, C, SF
10 Eisenberg Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
11 Di Fino Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
12 Mello Justin Upton, OF, ATL
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Mello Chase Headley, 3B, SD
14 Di Fino Hanley Ramirez, 3B, LAD
15 Eisenberg Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
16 Madden Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
17 Snyder Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
18 Towers Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
19 White David Wright, 3B, NYM
20 Tobin Allen Craig, 1B, STL
21 Lippman Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
22 Aizer Matt Holliday, OF, STL
23 Melchior Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
24 Hurcomb Cole Hamels, P, PHI
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Hurcomb Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
26 Melchior Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CIN
27 Aizer Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
28 Lippman Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
29 Tobin Cliff Lee, P, PHI
30 White Madison Bumgarner, P, SF
31 Towers Zack Greinke, P, LAD
32 Snyder Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
33 Madden Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
34 Eisenberg Matt Cain, P, SF
35 Di Fino Mat Latos, P, CIN
36 Mello Roy Halladay, P, PHI
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Mello Yadier Molina, C, STL
38 Di Fino Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
39 Eisenberg Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
40 Madden Craig Kimbrel, P, ATL
41 Snyder Ben Revere, OF, PHI
42 Towers Kris Medlen, P, ATL
43 White B.J. Upton, OF, ATL
44 Tobin Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
45 Lippman Angel Pagan, OF, SF
46 Aizer Adam Wainwright, P, STL
47 Melchior Wilin Rosario, C, COL
48 Hurcomb Yovani Gallardo, P, MIL
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Hurcomb Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
50 Melchior Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
51 Aizer Miguel Montero, C, ARI
52 Lippman Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
53 Tobin Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS
54 White Martin Prado, OF, ARI
55 Towers Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
56 Snyder Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
57 Madden Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
58 Eisenberg Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
59 Di Fino Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
60 Mello Johnny Cueto, P, CIN
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Mello Hunter Pence, OF, SF
62 Di Fino Adam Eaton, OF, ARI
63 Eisenberg Ian Kennedy, P, ARI
64 Madden Dexter Fowler, OF, COL
65 Snyder Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
66 Towers Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
67 White Andre Ethier, OF, LAD
68 Tobin Carlos Beltran, OF, STL
69 Lippman Cameron Maybin, OF, SD
70 Aizer Jordan Zimmermann, P, WAS
71 Melchior Jeff Samardzija, P, CHC
72 Hurcomb Brian McCann, C, ATL
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Hurcomb Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
74 Melchior Matt Garza, P, CHC
75 Aizer Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
76 Lippman David Freese, 3B, STL
77 Tobin Jonathan Papelbon, P, PHI
78 White Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
79 Towers Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
80 Snyder Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
81 Madden Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
82 Eisenberg Starling Marte, OF, PIT
83 Di Fino Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN
84 Mello Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Mello Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
86 Di Fino Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
87 Eisenberg Tim Lincecum, P, SF
88 Madden Dan Haren, P, WAS
89 Snyder Mike Fiers, P, MIL
90 Towers Matt Harvey, P, NYM
91 White Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
92 Tobin Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
93 Lippman Trevor Cahill, P, ARI
94 Aizer Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
95 Melchior Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
96 Hurcomb Jason Motte, P, STL
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Hurcomb Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
98 Melchior Jean Segura, SS, MIL
99 Aizer Denard Span, OF, WAS
100 Lippman Rafael Soriano, P, WAS
101 Tobin Jason Kubel, OF, ARI
102 White Mike Minor, P, ATL
103 Towers Homer Bailey, P, CIN
104 Snyder Shaun Marcum, P, NYM
105 Madden Delmon Young, OF, PHI
106 Eisenberg Sergio Romo, P, SF
107 Di Fino Lance Lynn, P, STL
108 Mello Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Mello J.J. Putz, P, ARI
110 Di Fino Huston Street, P, SD
111 Eisenberg Carlos Quentin, OF, SD
112 Madden Josh Beckett, P, LAD
113 Snyder Jon Jay, OF, STL
114 Towers Juan Pierre, OF, MIA
115 White John Axford, P, MIL
116 Tobin Shelby Miller, P, STL
117 Lippman Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
118 Aizer A.J. Burnett, P, PIT
119 Melchior Justin Ruggiano, OF, MIA
120 Hurcomb Michael Young, 1B, PHI
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Hurcomb Jonathon Niese, P, NYM
122 Melchior Marco Estrada, P, MIL
123 Aizer Ryan Vogelsong, P, SF
124 Lippman Russell Martin, C, PIT
125 Tobin Alfonso Soriano, OF, CHC
126 White Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
127 Towers Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD
128 Snyder Wade Miley, P, ARI
129 Madden Carlos Marmol, P, CHC
130 Eisenberg Steve Cishek, P, MIA
131 Di Fino Tyler Colvin, OF, COL
132 Mello Rafael Furcal, SS, STL
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Mello Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
134 Di Fino Jonathan Broxton, P, CIN
135 Eisenberg Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
136 Madden Cody Ross, OF, ARI
137 Snyder Rafael Betancourt, P, COL
138 Towers Jaime Garcia, P, STL
139 White Jason Grilli, P, PIT
140 Tobin Garrett Jones, 1B, PIT
141 Lippman Logan Morrison, OF, MIA
142 Aizer James McDonald, P, PIT
143 Melchior Brandon League, P, LAD
144 Hurcomb Lucas Duda, OF, NYM
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Hurcomb Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC
146 Melchior Domonic Brown, OF, PHI
147 Aizer Andrew Cashner, P, SD
148 Lippman Welington Castillo, C, CHC
149 Tobin Cliff Pennington, SS, ARI
150 White Yasmani Grandal, C, SD
151 Towers Travis Snider, OF, PIT
152 Snyder Brandon McCarthy, P, ARI
153 Madden Johan Santana, P, NYM
154 Eisenberg Chris Nelson, 3B, COL
155 Di Fino Kyle Lohse, P, STL
156 Mello Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Mello Matt Carpenter, 1B, STL
158 Di Fino Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, NYM
159 Eisenberg Dee Gordon, SS, LAD
160 Madden Tim Hudson, P, ATL
161 Snyder Will Venable, OF, SD
162 Towers Kurt Suzuki, C, WAS
163 White Billy Hamilton, SS, CIN
164 Tobin Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL
165 Lippman Nate Schierholtz, OF, CHC
166 Aizer Darin Ruf, OF, PHI
167 Melchior Jedd Gyorko, 3B, SD
168 Hurcomb Dillon Gee, P, NYM
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Hurcomb David DeJesus, OF, CHC
170 Melchior Andres Torres, OF, SF
171 Aizer Bronson Arroyo, P, CIN
172 Lippman Ryan Wheeler, 3B, COL
173 Tobin A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
174 White Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
175 Towers Chad Billingsley, P, LAD
176 Snyder Gerardo Parra, OF, ARI
177 Madden Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM
178 Eisenberg Edwin Jackson, P, CHC
179 Di Fino Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC
180 Mello Skip Schumaker, 2B, LAD
Round 16
Pick Team Player
181 Mello Ricky Nolasco, P, MIA
182 Di Fino Collin Cowgill, OF, NYM
183 Eisenberg Brett Jackson, OF, CHC
184 Madden Kenley Jansen, P, LAD
185 Snyder Rob Brantly, C, MIA
186 Towers Paul Maholm, P, ATL
187 White Juan Francisco, 3B, ATL
188 Tobin Jacob Turner, P, MIA
189 Lippman Edinson Volquez, P, SD
190 Aizer Scott Hairston, OF, CHC
191 Melchior Bobby Parnell, P, NYM
192 Hurcomb Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT
Round 17
Pick Team Player
193 Hurcomb Ryan Hanigan, C, CIN
194 Melchior Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL
195 Aizer Placido Polanco, 3B, MIA
196 Lippman Adeiny Hechavarria, 3B, MIA
197 Tobin Chris Capuano, P, LAD
198 White Ross Detwiler, P, WAS
199 Towers Gaby Sanchez, 1B, PIT
200 Snyder Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD
201 Madden Daniel Descalso, 2B, STL
202 Eisenberg Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
203 Di Fino Tyler Skaggs, P, ARI
204 Mello Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA
Round 18
Pick Team Player
205 Mello Jordan Pacheco, 3B, COL
206 Di Fino John Buck, C, NYM
207 Eisenberg Juan Nicasio, P, COL
208 Madden Roger Bernadina, OF, WAS
209 Snyder Luis Cruz, 3B, LAD
210 Towers Clint Barmes, SS, PIT
211 White Trevor Rosenthal, P, STL
212 Tobin Gerrit Cole, P, PIT
213 Lippman Julio Teheran, P, ATL
214 Aizer Luke Gregerson, P, SD
215 Melchior Frank Francisco, P, NYM
216 Hurcomb Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
Round 19
Pick Team Player
217 Hurcomb Chris Denorfia, OF, SD
218 Melchior Nick Hundley, C, SD
219 Aizer Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
220 Lippman Ty Wigginton, 1B, STL
221 Tobin Erik Kratz, C, PHI
222 White Brandon Beachy, P, ATL
223 Towers John Mayberry, OF, PHI
224 Snyder Jose Tabata, OF, PIT
225 Madden Willie Bloomquist, SS, ARI
226 Eisenberg Mat Gamel, 1B, MIL
227 Di Fino Francisco Liriano, P, PIT
228 Mello Barry Zito, P, SF
Round 20
Pick Team Player
229 Mello Clayton Richard, P, SD
230 Di Fino Michael McKenry, C, PIT
231 Eisenberg Kyle Kendrick, P, PHI
232 Madden Tyler Clippard, P, WAS
233 Snyder Jonny Venters, P, ATL
234 Towers Tyler Moore, OF, WAS
235 White Carlos Villanueva, P, CHC
236 Tobin Matt Adams, 1B, STL
237 Lippman Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA
238 Aizer Drew Storen, P, WAS
239 Melchior Jorge Soler, OF, CHC
240 Hurcomb Brian Wilson, P, SF
Round 21
Pick Team Player
241 Hurcomb Chris Heisey, OF, CIN
242 Melchior Scott Baker, P, CHC
243 Aizer Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI
244 Lippman Drew Pomeranz, P, COL
245 Tobin Zack Wheeler, P, NYM
246 White Wily Peralta, P, MIL
247 Towers Mark Rogers, P, MIL
248 Snyder Sean Marshall, P, CIN
249 Madden Santiago Casilla, P, SF
250 Eisenberg Cory Luebke, P, SD
251 Di Fino Carlos Lee, 1B, MIA
252 Mello Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL
Round 22
Pick Team Player
253 Mello Todd Helton, 1B, COL
254 Di Fino Nate Eovaldi, P, MIA
255 Eisenberg Jordany Valdespin, OF, NYM
256 Madden Ramon Hernandez, C, COL
257 Snyder Kyuji Fujikawa, P, CHC
258 Towers Travis Wood, P, CHC
259 White Mike Baxter, OF, NYM
260 Tobin Joe Kelly, P, STL
261 Lippman John Lannan, P, PHI
262 Aizer Justin Turner, 2B, NYM
263 Melchior Scott Feldman, P, CHC
264 Hurcomb Ted Lilly, P, LAD
Round 23
Pick Team Player
265 Hurcomb David Hernandez, P, ARI
266 Melchior Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B, WAS
267 Aizer Miguel Olivo, C, CIN
268 Lippman Josh Collmenter, P, ARI
269 Tobin Eric Young, OF, COL
270 White Gregor Blanco, OF, SF
271 Towers Alex Gonzalez, SS, MIL
272 Snyder Gerald Laird, C, ATL
273 Madden Brent Lillibridge, OF, CHC
274 Eisenberg Jerry Sands, OF, PIT
275 Di Fino Chone Figgins, OF, MIA
276 Mello Jake Westbrook, P, STL
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
2.1 Matt Holliday, OF, STL
3.3 Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
4.1 Adam Wainwright, P, STL
5.3 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
6.1 Jordan Zimmermann, P, WAS
7.3 Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
8.1 Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
9.3 Denard Span, OF, WAS
10.1 A.J. Burnett, P, PIT
11.3 Ryan Vogelsong, P, SF
12.1 James McDonald, P, PIT
13.3 Andrew Cashner, P, SD
14.1 Darin Ruf, OF, PHI
15.3 Bronson Arroyo, P, CIN
16.1 Scott Hairston, OF, CHC
17.3 Placido Polanco, 3B, MIA
18.1 Luke Gregerson, P, SD
19.3 Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
20.1 Drew Storen, P, WAS
21.3 Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI
22.1 Justin Turner, 2B, NYM
23.3 Miguel Olivo, C, CIN
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
2.2 Hanley Ramirez, 3B, LAD
3.11 Mat Latos, P, CIN
4.2 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
5.11 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
6.2 Adam Eaton, OF, ARI
7.11 Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN
8.2 Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
9.11 Lance Lynn, P, STL
10.2 Huston Street, P, SD
11.11 Tyler Colvin, OF, COL
12.2 Jonathan Broxton, P, CIN
13.11 Kyle Lohse, P, STL
14.2 Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, NYM
15.11 Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC
16.2 Collin Cowgill, OF, NYM
17.11 Tyler Skaggs, P, ARI
18.2 John Buck, C, NYM
19.11 Francisco Liriano, P, PIT
20.2 Michael McKenry, C, PIT
21.11 Carlos Lee, 1B, MIA
22.2 Nate Eovaldi, P, MIA
23.11 Chone Figgins, OF, MIA
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
2.3 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
3.1 Matt Cain, P, SF
4.3 Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
5.1 Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
6.3 Ian Kennedy, P, ARI
7.1 Starling Marte, OF, PIT
8.3 Tim Lincecum, P, SF
9.1 Sergio Romo, P, SF
10.3 Carlos Quentin, OF, SD
11.1 Steve Cishek, P, MIA
12.3 Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
13.1 Chris Nelson, 3B, COL
14.3 Dee Gordon, SS, LAD
15.1 Edwin Jackson, P, CHC
16.3 Brett Jackson, OF, CHC
17.1 Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
18.3 Juan Nicasio, P, COL
19.1 Mat Gamel, 1B, MIL
20.3 Kyle Kendrick, P, PHI
21.1 Cory Luebke, P, SD
22.3 Jordany Valdespin, OF, NYM
23.1 Jerry Sands, OF, PIT
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
2.12 Cole Hamels, P, PHI
3.1 Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
4.12 Yovani Gallardo, P, MIL
5.1 Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
6.12 Brian McCann, C, ATL
7.1 Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
8.12 Jason Motte, P, STL
9.1 Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
10.12 Michael Young, 1B, PHI
11.1 Jonathon Niese, P, NYM
12.12 Lucas Duda, OF, NYM
13.1 Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC
14.12 Dillon Gee, P, NYM
15.1 David DeJesus, OF, CHC
16.12 Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT
17.1 Ryan Hanigan, C, CIN
18.12 Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
19.1 Chris Denorfia, OF, SD
20.12 Brian Wilson, P, SF
21.1 Chris Heisey, OF, CIN
22.12 Ted Lilly, P, LAD
23.1 David Hernandez, P, ARI
Jeff Lippman
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD
2.9 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
3.4 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
4.9 Angel Pagan, OF, SF
5.4 Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
6.9 Cameron Maybin, OF, SD
7.4 David Freese, 3B, STL
8.9 Trevor Cahill, P, ARI
9.4 Rafael Soriano, P, WAS
10.9 Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
11.4 Russell Martin, C, PIT
12.9 Logan Morrison, OF, MIA
13.4 Welington Castillo, C, CHC
14.9 Nate Schierholtz, OF, CHC
15.4 Ryan Wheeler, 3B, COL
16.9 Edinson Volquez, P, SD
17.4 Adeiny Hechavarria, 3B, MIA
18.9 Julio Teheran, P, ATL
19.4 Ty Wigginton, 1B, STL
20.9 Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA
21.4 Drew Pomeranz, P, COL
22.9 John Lannan, P, PHI
23.4 Josh Collmenter, P, ARI
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Buster Posey, C, SF
2.4 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
3.9 Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
4.4 Craig Kimbrel, P, ATL
5.9 Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
6.4 Dexter Fowler, OF, COL
7.9 Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
8.4 Dan Haren, P, WAS
9.9 Delmon Young, OF, PHI
10.4 Josh Beckett, P, LAD
11.9 Carlos Marmol, P, CHC
12.4 Cody Ross, OF, ARI
13.9 Johan Santana, P, NYM
14.4 Tim Hudson, P, ATL
15.9 Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM
16.4 Kenley Jansen, P, LAD
17.9 Daniel Descalso, 2B, STL
18.4 Roger Bernadina, OF, WAS
19.9 Willie Bloomquist, SS, ARI
20.4 Tyler Clippard, P, WAS
21.9 Santiago Casilla, P, SF
22.4 Ramon Hernandez, C, COL
23.9 Brent Lillibridge, OF, CHC
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
2.11 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
3.2 Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CIN
4.11 Wilin Rosario, C, COL
5.2 Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
6.11 Jeff Samardzija, P, CHC
7.2 Matt Garza, P, CHC
8.11 Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
9.2 Jean Segura, SS, MIL
10.11 Justin Ruggiano, OF, MIA
11.2 Marco Estrada, P, MIL
12.11 Brandon League, P, LAD
13.2 Domonic Brown, OF, PHI
14.11 Jedd Gyorko, 3B, SD
15.2 Andres Torres, OF, SF
16.11 Bobby Parnell, P, NYM
17.2 Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL
18.11 Frank Francisco, P, NYM
19.2 Nick Hundley, C, SD
20.11 Jorge Soler, OF, CHC
21.2 Scott Baker, P, CHC
22.11 Scott Feldman, P, CHC
23.2 Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B, WAS
Igor Mello
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Justin Upton, OF, ATL
2.1 Chase Headley, 3B, SD
3.12 Roy Halladay, P, PHI
4.1 Yadier Molina, C, STL
5.12 Johnny Cueto, P, CIN
6.1 Hunter Pence, OF, SF
7.12 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
8.1 Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
9.12 Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN
10.1 J.J. Putz, P, ARI
11.12 Rafael Furcal, SS, STL
12.1 Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
13.12 Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD
14.1 Matt Carpenter, 1B, STL
15.12 Skip Schumaker, 2B, LAD
16.1 Ricky Nolasco, P, MIA
17.12 Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA
18.1 Jordan Pacheco, 3B, COL
19.12 Barry Zito, P, SF
20.1 Clayton Richard, P, SD
21.12 Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL
22.1 Todd Helton, 1B, COL
23.12 Jake Westbrook, P, STL
Matt Snyder
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS
2.5 Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
3.8 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
4.5 Ben Revere, OF, PHI
5.8 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
6.5 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
7.8 Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
8.5 Mike Fiers, P, MIL
9.8 Shaun Marcum, P, NYM
10.5 Jon Jay, OF, STL
11.8 Wade Miley, P, ARI
12.5 Rafael Betancourt, P, COL
13.8 Brandon McCarthy, P, ARI
14.5 Will Venable, OF, SD
15.8 Gerardo Parra, OF, ARI
16.5 Rob Brantly, C, MIA
17.8 Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD
18.5 Luis Cruz, 3B, LAD
19.8 Jose Tabata, OF, PIT
20.5 Jonny Venters, P, ATL
21.8 Sean Marshall, P, CIN
22.5 Kyuji Fujikawa, P, CHC
23.8 Gerald Laird, C, ATL
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
2.8 Allen Craig, 1B, STL
3.5 Cliff Lee, P, PHI
4.8 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
5.5 Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS
6.8 Carlos Beltran, OF, STL
7.5 Jonathan Papelbon, P, PHI
8.8 Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
9.5 Jason Kubel, OF, ARI
10.8 Shelby Miller, P, STL
11.5 Alfonso Soriano, OF, CHC
12.8 Garrett Jones, 1B, PIT
13.5 Cliff Pennington, SS, ARI
14.8 Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL
15.5 A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
16.8 Jacob Turner, P, MIA
17.5 Chris Capuano, P, LAD
18.8 Gerrit Cole, P, PIT
19.5 Erik Kratz, C, PHI
20.8 Matt Adams, 1B, STL
21.5 Zack Wheeler, P, NYM
22.8 Joe Kelly, P, STL
23.5 Eric Young, OF, COL
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
2.6 Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
3.7 Zack Greinke, P, LAD
4.6 Kris Medlen, P, ATL
5.7 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
6.6 Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
7.7 Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
8.6 Matt Harvey, P, NYM
9.7 Homer Bailey, P, CIN
10.6 Juan Pierre, OF, MIA
11.7 Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD
12.6 Jaime Garcia, P, STL
13.7 Travis Snider, OF, PIT
14.6 Kurt Suzuki, C, WAS
15.7 Chad Billingsley, P, LAD
16.6 Paul Maholm, P, ATL
17.7 Gaby Sanchez, 1B, PIT
18.6 Clint Barmes, SS, PIT
19.7 John Mayberry, OF, PHI
20.6 Tyler Moore, OF, WAS
21.7 Mark Rogers, P, MIL
22.6 Travis Wood, P, CHC
23.7 Alex Gonzalez, SS, MIL
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
2.7 David Wright, 3B, NYM
3.6 Madison Bumgarner, P, SF
4.7 B.J. Upton, OF, ATL
5.6 Martin Prado, OF, ARI
6.7 Andre Ethier, OF, LAD
7.6 Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
8.7 Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
9.6 Mike Minor, P, ATL
10.7 John Axford, P, MIL
11.6 Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
12.7 Jason Grilli, P, PIT
13.6 Yasmani Grandal, C, SD
14.7 Billy Hamilton, SS, CIN
15.6 Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
16.7 Juan Francisco, 3B, ATL
17.6 Ross Detwiler, P, WAS
18.7 Trevor Rosenthal, P, STL
19.6 Brandon Beachy, P, ATL
20.7 Carlos Villanueva, P, CHC
21.6 Wily Peralta, P, MIL
22.7 Mike Baxter, OF, NYM
23.6 Gregor Blanco, OF, SF

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Red Sox's Henry Owens impresses during camp
by Chris Cwik |
(1:19 am ET) Red Sox pitcher Henry Owens impressed during batting practice recently, according to the Boston Herald

Owens hadn't faced big league hitters since last spring training, and had something to prove. While Owens didn't have great fastball command during the session, his changeup was spot on. 

"Great deception, hard to pick up," catcher Ryan Hanigan said. "He got me on the changeup today because you can’t see the spin. It looks just like his fastball. That’s a huge advantage."

Pitching coach Juan Nieves agreed, but said he wasn't sure whether Owens was ready for the majors just yet. "Is anybody ready to come to the big leagues?" Nieves said. "I don’t know. We don’t know until they get there and experience the competition."

The 22-year-old Owens enters the year as the team's second-best prospect according to Baseball America. He posted a 2.94 ERA over two minor-league levels last year. 

Brewers GM confident Jean Segura will bounce back
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) Brewers general manager Doug Melvin expressed confidence Saturday that shortstop Jean Segura will bounce back after a subpar 2014 season, the Journal Sentinel reports.

"I'm pretty confident he's going to bounce back," Melvin said. "He had a very good September. He had a lot of stuff going on last year. But everybody says he's a much happier person and everything. He's a good, athletic player that we need."

After delivering a .294 average, smacking 12 home runs and stealing 44 bases in 2013, Segura hit just .246/.289/.326 with five home runs, 31 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 513 at-bats in 2014.

Brewers' Dontrelle Willis making a good impression in camp
by Chris Cwik |
(2/28/2015) Brewers pitcher Dontrelle Willis has made a favorable impression during camp, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

In particular, Willis has impressed manager Ron Roenicke. "He's got a great attitude," Roenicke said. "The things he said are exactly what you want a player to say. He gets it." Willis has also made a strong impression on his new teammates.

Willis, 33, has not pitched in the majors since 2011. He's attempting to make a come back with the Brewers this spring. 

Blue Jays' Michael Saunders: 'No pain' day after surgery
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders said Saturday that he's feeling no pain one day after undergoing knee surgery, the Toronto Sun reports.

"I feel great," Saunders said. "I couldn’t believe it when I woke up this morning and I was walking around just fine. I walked out of surgery just fine. I actually started doing some exercises today and just got checked out by the doctor and he was pleasantly surprised with what he saw. There’s not as much swelling as he originally thought. Everything is checking out so far and everything is good news. No pain. It feels like I banged my knee on a pole and it’s a tiny bit swollen."

Saunders suffered a torn meniscus while tracking a foul ball Wednesday, tripping over a sprinkler head and hearing a popping sound. After initially being told he could need to have the meniscus repaired, a procedure that carries a recovery time of three-to-five months, Saunders had the torn portion of the meniscus removed, which places him on track to return to action within six weeks. While the outfielder is excited to be back on the field in a much shorter time, he indicated he'll be cautious with his rehab.

"I’m going to miss some spring training but it could be a lot worse," Saunders said. "My ligaments are intact. For me this is the best-case scenario. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I’m ready to go. I’d love to say that I’ll be ready opening day. That’s my goal. But we’re targeting more mid-April, on the safe side. At the end of the day I have to listen to my knee. It’s a long season. I’m going to get this right the first time and not rush back."

Athletics' Doolittle hoping to throw in a week or two
by Chris Cwik |
(2/28/2015) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle is hoping to be cleared to throw in a week or two, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Doolittle was able to participate in strength tests on Saturday, and the results were positive. He has not been cleared to throw just yet, but is hoping that will come shortly. Doolittle has been sidelined by a shoulder injury during the start of camp. 

The 28-year-old posted a 2.73 ERA over 62 2/3 innings last year. 

Rays release OF Josh Sale
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) The Rays have released outfielder Josh Sale, Baseball America reports.

Sale was suspended for use of performance-enhancing drugs in 2013 as well as for conduct detrimental to the team that same season. He received a 50-game suspension last August for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Before his most recent suspension, he hit .238/.313/.344 with four home runs and 46 RBI in 323 at-bats with high Class A Charlotte.

Yankees' Cashman downplays Bailey's chances of making team
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.