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2013 Draft Prep: 12-team, mixed Rotisserie draft


Remember when Jered Weaver looked like a strikeout-per-inning stud for all Fantasy formats? The owners in our recent Rotisserie mock draft didn't remember either.

The relegation of Weaver to the fifth round was just one of the wrinkles that defined the character of this 12-team mixed league mock. While the devaluing of pitchers with middling strikeout rates, like Weaver, Johnny Cueto and Doug Fister was to be expected, other developments were more surprising. In fact, the selection of Ryan Braun -- and not Miguel Cabrera -- as the first pick overall was a mild surprise (at least judging by our current average draft position data), and that set the tone for an early outfielder run. After Cabrera was taken with the second pick, outfielders Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen and Matt Kemp were selected in succession. With Carlos Gonzalez making it five outfielders off the board within the first eight picks, the strategy of taking elites at scarce positions, like catcher, second base and shortstop, was not one employed by many owners in this mock. The outcome mirrors other early Rotisserie drafts occurring on, as Trout, Braun, Kemp and McCutchen all have ADPs below 9.0.

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Aside from Robinson Cano, no one from the three traditionally scarce positions was taken until Dustin Pedroia went with the third pick in Round 2. Owners gradually started to fill in their catcher, second base and shortstop slots later in the second round, and pitchers not named Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander started to come off the board, too.

Though he is following up a subpar season, it wasn't surprising to see Justin Upton get taken with the 26th overall pick, but owners were more cautious with some of the other bounceback candidates. Adrian Gonzalez (38th pick), Jon Lester (99th), Carl Crawford (102nd), Roy Halladay (104th), Dan Uggla (118th), Dan Haren (125st), Brian McCann (129th), Tim Lincecum (138th), Josh Beckett (195th) and Ricky Romero (197th) all went late enough to be tremendous bargains if they can return to form.

While owners exercised caution with established veterans who slumped in 2012, they were eager to grab last season's two biggest-name rookies. Mike Trout went third overall while Bryce Harper -- taken with the 30th pick -- was selected earlier than Curtis Granderson (35th) and Matt Holliday (36th). Proving you can never be sure how sophomore-year players will be appraised in any given draft, Yoenis Cespedes (46th), Yu Darvish (88th) and Wilin Rosario (97th) were each taken at spots well below their current ADPs.

Trout and Harper may come at a premium now, but a year ago, both were drafted on average after the first 230 picks. From this year's rookie crop, Adam Eaton (190th), Wil Myers (199th), Bruce Rondon (219th) and Shelby Miller (222nd) all went earlier in this mock draft than Trout or Harper did on average last year. Promising rookies were still available very late, though, including Hyun-Jin Ryu, Jurickson Profar, Travis d'Arnaud and Dan Straily, all of whom were drafted in the final two rounds.

As one would expect, stolen base specialists Michael Bourn and Elvis Andrus went earlier -- both in the fifth round -- than they typcially have in Head-to-Head leagues, but owners didn't have to use an early round pick to fill their need for speed. Brett Gardner, Angel Pagan, Jean Segura, Coco Crisp and Everth Cabrera all went in the latter third of the draft.

From Braun to Alfonso Soriano, these 12 owners collectively hand-picked the 276 players they'd go to battle with for the 2013 season.

1. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
2. Chris Cwik, MLB Blogger
3. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
5. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
6. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
7. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Sports
9. Adam Aizer, Fantasy Video/Podcast Host
10. Matt Snyder, Senior MLB Blogger
11. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
12. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer

And those 276 picks, from the elite talents to the borderline Fantasy-relevant, unfolded as follows below.

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

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Marlins delay Giancarlo Stanton's spring debut until Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10:07 am ET) The Marlins opted to push back outfielder Giancarlo Stanton's spring debut to Thursday. Stanton, who hasn't played since getting hit in the face in September, was originally scheduled to face the University of Miami in an exhibition game Tuesday.

"It just made more sense -- he can get more at-bats on the backfield," manager Mike Redmond said, per The Miami Herald. "We have simulated games going on back there. So, it just made more sense for him instead of going over there for one at-bat, keep him back here and he can get more at-bats and more work done back here and then he'll be ready to roll for Thursday."

Reports: Mets eyeing third game of season for Matt Harvey's debut
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9:52 am ET) It appears the Mets are leaning toward having starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who has not pitched in a regular season game since Aug. 2013 due to Tommy John surgery, make his season debut in the third game at Washington, several team sources told the New York Post.

The Mets are targeting the third game on the road, as opposed to the season and home openers, because they don't want Harvey to feel added pressure given the circumstances, particularly if he makes his first start in front of an exhilarated home crowd.

"All that has been discussed,’’ one source said.

“Things can change, but that schedule makes sense,’’ another source said.

Harvey seems fine with whatever the Mets have in store.

“Anything they want to do is good,’’ Harvey said.

Phillies' Harang opts to skip spring debut Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9:41 am ET) Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Harang was scratched from his spring debut Wednesday against the Yankees.

Although Harang had an ice pack on his lower back Tuesday, according to The News Journal, he told reporters he will miss Wednesday's start because he needs to work on his mechanics and is not ready to pitch in a game. Harang added he does intend to be ready the next time his turn in the rotation comes up. 

Harang dodged questions about his back issues, but he did mention he went to see a chiropractor a few days ago to get his back realigned.

Kevin Slowey will start in Harang's place Wednesday.

Nationals' Yunel Escobar returns after dealing with fever Monday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9:35 am ET) Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar was back practicing Tuesday after missing on-field workouts Monday due to a fever, according to The Washington Post. Escobar said he was feeling better Tuesday.

Pirates' Cumpton to meet with Dr. Andrews concerning elbow issue
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9:31 am ET) Pirates pitcher Brandon Cumpton is slated to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Monday after feeling discomfort in his elbow, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Cumpton first noticed an issue when he was throwing live batting practice last week.

Pirates 1B Corey Hart expects to make spring debut by Monday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9:27 am ET) Pirates first baseman Corey Hart suffered a laceration on his foot near the arch when he stepped on a loose hot tub filter, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Hart, however, expects to make his spring debut by Monday.

Manager Clint Hurdle revealed Monday that Hart needed three stitches to close the wound. He also mentioned Hart would be sidelined for a few days.

Report: Twins working on contract extension for Brian Dozier
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9:23 am ET) The Twins are working on signing second baseman Brian Dozier to a contract extension, according to the Pioneer Press. There were strong indications Tuesday the Twins were making progress with Dozier's agent -- Damon Lapa -- and a contract extension could be close to being finalized, a source said.

“I’d love to be here,” said Dozier, who declined to comment on the negotiations. “I don’t want to be anywhere else. If the opportunity presents itself, then I’m all for it. We’ll see.”

Dozier is not arbitration eligible until after the 2015 season. If he does sign a contract extension, it will likely run through all three of his arbitration years and likely 1-2 free agent years.

Dozier tied a career high with 33 doubles in 2014, but he did finish with a career-best 23 home runs. He also had a career-high 21 stolen bases and 112 runs.

Tigers' Victor Martinez: I'm still on track for opening day
by Igor Mello |
(9:13 am ET) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez told reporters he remains on track to play on opening day, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Martinez, who is working his way back from a medial menisectomy in his left knee, revealed that he suffered the injury while playing catch in the street with his brother in February. He took 25 swings off a tee from each of the plate on Monday, and told reporters he would have taken 50 if the team trainer wasn't around.

The 36-year-old hit .335/.409/.565 over 561 at-bats last year.

Red Sox looking at Brandon Workman as a reliever
by Chris Cwik |
(1:12 am ET) The Red Sox are looking at pitcher Brandon Workman as a reliever this spring, according to the Boston Herald

Manager John Farrell seemed to think Workman would be more than adequate in the role. "His mentality is one that embraces those higher leverage type of innings," Farrell said. "In one-inning stints, his stuff plays up a little bit more with power, a little bit more swing-and-miss ability with his fastball."

Workman seems open to the change. "If John tells me that’s where I’m going to fit in, that’s where I’ll fit in," he said.

The 26-year-old Workman posted a 5.17 ERA over 87 innings last year. 

Twins' GM believes Kyle Gibson can get to the next level
by Chris Cwik |
(12:44 am ET) Twins general manager Terry Ryan believes pitcher Kyle Gibson can get to the next level, according to the Star Tribune.

"The guy has too good of stuff not to be more consistent," Ryan said. "I don’t think it’s 'if' he makes another jump. He’s going to make a jump. It’s a matter of how high."

Gibson showed flashes of promise in 2014. While his overall numbers were just average, Gibson was solid during the first half of the year. He posted a 3.92 ERA over 101 innings to start the year, but struggled with a 5.17 ERA in the second half. Gibson said the reason for his success last year had to do with execution.

"The reason for the jump was my focus on executing pitches," Gibson said. "In 2013 I got caught up in all the information and the scouting reports instead of realizing this is the pitch I need to execute so let’s execute it."

Gibson said he's hoping to increase his strikeout rate this season, but wants to make sure he can still retain his strong ground ball rate. The 27-year-old posted a 4.47 ERA over 179 1/3 innings last season.