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2013 Draft Prep: National League Rotisserie auction

Senior Fantasy Writer
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In most auctions, the freedom to pursue whomever you want would motivate you to go the extra dollar on the high-end types, content to fill in the back of your roster with a collection of low-dollar sleepers knowing that you can always fall back on the waiver wire.

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Then, there's our 12-team NL-only auction, where anyone and everyone with a job goes off the board.

Just about, anyway.

With standard 23-man starting lineups and seven bench slots, a full 360 players are rostered in this league. Only 375 are rostered in the actual NL.

In other words, there is no waiver wire to speak of, so while some owners may still opt for the studs-and-duds approach, few take it to the extreme. Only Ryan Braun reached the $40 threshold in this auction. Sick of getting goose eggs from the garbage players who normally go for $1 in this format, I personally opted for a more balanced approach, spending no more than $30 on any one player.

Compared to shallower mixed leagues, closers were in short supply here. You couldn't get one at a discount, not unless you wanted to gamble on Brandon League, who went for $9, holding off Kenley Jansen, who went for $8. Other than Craig Kimbrel, who went for a whopping $25, the rest pretty much all went in the $14-$19 range. Nobody really cared which one they got, but everybody wanted at least one.

Not everybody got one, though.

A shortage of corner infielders also led to some inflation in the middle stages of the auction. First base was expected, to a degree, with most of the elite types residing in the AL. The result was that players you'd normally consider mid-level types went for elite money or close to it, such as Freddie Freeman for $27, Paul Goldschmidt for $25 and Anthony Rizzo and Ike Davis for $24. Third base thinned out quicker than expected, though, which accounted for my one notable overpay of Matt Carpenter at $13. But I certainly like him as a sleeper in this format, particularly given his versatility. And just imagine if he wins the starting second base job in St. Louis. Quadruple eligibility? Yowzah!

At the risk of oversimplifying by applying a rigid term to an entirely fluid process, some other "overbids" that may have resulted from personal favoritism or unfortunate timing include Giancarlo Stanton at $39 (the result of a man crush, I presume), Martin Prado at $25 (yup, third base), Michael Young at $15 (ditto), Jean Segura at $14 (someone else's Carpenter), Starling Marte at $17 (last of the "safe" steals guys), Adam Eaton at $19 (steals again -- I was in on that one), Cameron Maybin at $15 (steals, aaah!), Jayson Werth at $20 (what am I missing?) and Kyuji Fujikawa at $6 (getting creative for saves).

Some of my favorite picks were A.J. Burnett for $9, Travis d'Arnaud for $8, Wade Miley for $7, Ryan Vogelsong for $6 and Bobby Parnell for $5. All were made at a point in the auction when owners' funds were dwindling, forcing them to hold out for need. Chances are if those players were nominated earlier, they would have gone for more.

And just who were making these picks? For a league this deep, we had to call in the reinforcements:

1. Andrew Fiorentino, RotoWire.com
2. Scott White , CBSSports.com
3. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
4. Paul Sporer, Baseball Prospectus
5. Nando Di Fino, CBSSports.com
6. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
7. Phil Ponebshek, Patton & Co
8. Jason Hunt, FakeTeams.com
9. Ryan Carey, Mastersball.com
10. Scott Pianowski, Yahoo! Sports
11. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
12. Christopher Kreush, Mastersball.com

Editor's note: Utilize the sortable functionality to get a sense of the auction. View by team, dollar amount and position.

The 84 players that show up as $0 bids were selected in the seven-round reserve draft that immediately followed the auction.

2013 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
285Matt Adams, STL1B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
89Aaron Hill, ARI2B$22Yahoo! Sports
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
104Marco Scutaro, SF2B$13Yahoo! Sports
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$0FanDuel.com
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
17Chase Headley, SD3B$27Yahoo! Sports
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$0FanDuel.com
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
143Jordan Pacheco, COL3B$6Yahoo! Sports
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$8CBSSports.com (White)
322Chris Snyder, WASC$0FanDuel.com
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$0FakeTeams.com
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
235Nick Hundley, SDC$2Yahoo! Sports
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
51Yadier Molina, STLC$19Yahoo! Sports
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$10FanDuel.com
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
11Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$34Yahoo! Sports
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
85B.J. Upton, ATLOF$29Yahoo! Sports
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$29RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
68Cameron Maybin, SDOF$15Yahoo! Sports
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$19FanDuel.com
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$20FakeTeams.com
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$37CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
273Chone Figgins, MIAOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
108Denard Span, WASOF$15Yahoo! Sports
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
152Eric Young, COLOF$2Yahoo! Sports
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$39FakeTeams.com
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$0FakeTeams.com
65Martin Prado, ARIOF$25Yahoo! Sports
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$39FanDuel.com
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$40CBSSports.com (Melchior)
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$1Mastersball.com (Carey)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
279Anthony Bass, SDP$0FanDuel.com
276Antonio Bastardo, PHIP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$0FakeTeams.com
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
301Brandon Lyon, NYMP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
158Brian Wilson, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
237Bronson Arroyo, CINP$2Yahoo! Sports
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
325Carlos Martinez, STLP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (White)
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$31Mastersball.com (Kreush)
225Clayton Richard, SDP$2Yahoo! Sports
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
146Cory Luebke, SDP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Mastersball.com (Kreush)
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$0FakeTeams.com
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
242Drew Pomeranz, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
274Edinson Volquez, SDP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
350Jim Henderson, MILP$0CBSSports.com (White)
298Joe Kelly, STLP$0FanDuel.com
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
314John Lannan, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$20FakeTeams.com
194Kyle Kendrick, PHIP$3Yahoo! Sports
159Kyle Lohse, STLP$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$0FakeTeams.com
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
214Mark Melancon, PITP$1Yahoo! Sports
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
35Matt Cain, SFP$27Yahoo! Sports
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (White)
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
300Mike Leake, CINP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
134Mike Minor, ATLP$13CBSSports.com (White)
275Nate Eovaldi, MIAP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
144Paul Maholm, ATLP$6Yahoo! Sports
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
277Robbie Erlin, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$6Mastersball.com (Carey)
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
244Sean Marshall, CINP$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
105Sergio Romo, SFP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$9Mastersball.com (Carey)
44Shelby Miller, STLP$8CBSSports.com (White)
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$30FakeTeams.com
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
324Tim Stauffer, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
348Tyler Thornburg, MILP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
271Wily Peralta, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
54Zack Greinke, LADP$24FanDuel.com
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1CBSSports.com (White)
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
12Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$12Mastersball.com (Kreush)
2Billy Hamilton, CINSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
191Cliff Pennington, ARISS$4Yahoo! Sports
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Marlon Byrd cranks out three hits, plates four vs. Dodgers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:06 am ET) Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd cranked out three hits and drove in four runs in his team's 7-3 victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Byrd doubled in the second, doubled in two runs in the fifth and singled in two runs in the ninth, breaking the game open for the Phillies. He finished 3 for 5 with four RBI, improving his batting average to .259 on the year.

Four of his six doubles on the year have come since April 20. He has six hits over his last 19 at-bats over that span.

Brock Holt sent down for Will Middlebrooks' return
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:02 am ET) The Red Sox optioned infielder Brock Holt to Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday, in order to clear space on the roster for the activation of Will Middlebrooks from the disabled list.

Holt appeared in seven games for the Red Sox during his callup, hitting .348/.429/.435 in 23 at-bats.  


Carlos Ruiz reaches base five times in win over Dodgers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:57 am ET) Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz continued his recent success at the plate on Thursday, reaching base five times with three hits in his team's 7-3 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Ruiz came up big with the go-ahead two-run double in the ninth inning, which sparked a four-run frame. He added another double and a single and finished 3 for 3 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI.

In his four games against the Dodgers, Ruiz went 7-for-14 with four doubles, a triple, a homer and four walks. He is hitting .270 with one home run and six RBI in 63 at-bats.

Dan Haren solid in no-decision
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:56 am ET) Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren tossed the ball well yet again Thursday against the Phillies, but got little help as he settled for a no-decision in a 7-3 loss.

Haren had little trouble with the Phillies in this outing, as he ran into issues during just one inning. Unfortunately, that was enough, as the Phillies scored three times in the fifth, though only one run was charged to him in that frame.

Haren was charged with just the one earned run in six innings of work, while scattering seven hits and a pair of walks. He struck out a season-high seven, while throwing 71 of 106 pitches for strikes in the no-decision.

Haren is off to a terrific start with the Dodgers, with four quality starts in five trips to the mound. He is 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA entering his next start, set for Wednesday in Minnesota. 


Mike Adams picks up first win
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:53 am ET) Phillies relief pitcher Mike Adams was awarded the win Thursday night against the Dodgers in Philadelphia.

Adams coughed up a late one-run advantage in the seventh inning, serving up a solo home run to Adrian Gonzalez. The offense backed him up with four runs in the ninth. He was charged with one run and one hit while striking out three over two innings of work in a 7-3 victory. It was his first run allowed over four innings pitched to start the season.

Kyle Kendrick settles for no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:50 am ET) Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick fell one out away from a quality start and failed to earn his first win of the season, settling for a no-decision Thursday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The right-hander permitted two runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out two over 5 2/3 innings of a 7-3 vcitory.

Kendrick owns a 3.52 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP with a 19:7 K:BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings pitched. He'll make his next start Wednesday at home against the Mets.

Dogers leave options open for Clayton Kershaw
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:49 am ET) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters Wednesday Clayton Kershaw would need two rehab starts before he considers bringing him back into the rotation.

Still, Mattingly would not confirm his rotation for next week's series against the Twins when talking to MLB.com Thursday, appearing to leave the possibility open for an earlier-than-expected return for Kershaw. Kershaw will likely be evaluated after his start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, which is expected to have a 65-pitch limit.

Kershaw has been out since the season opener with a back injury, and will make his rehab debut Friday, leaving him on schedule to pitch again Wednesday. 


Yangervis Solarte comes up big again
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:34 am ET) Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte snapped out of a funk Thursday, with a big game in a 14-5 win over the Red Sox.

Solarte went 2 for 5 in the game and drove in a career-high four runs in the game. He brought two in with a second-inning double, and added a two-run single in the seventh. He also scored twice and waked once in the win.

Solarte has been a pleasant surprise for the Yankees, batting .310/.395/.465 through the first 20 games of his big-league career.  


Jasoby Ellsbury helps down Red Sox
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:29 am ET) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury finished off a strong series against his former teammates Thursday, in a 14-5 win over the Red Sox.

Ellsbury provided some run production out of the leadoff spot, driving in three runs while batting 3 for 6. He scored once while adding a walk, and finished the series against the Red Sox with  thee runs scored and five RBI as the Yankees won two out of three.  

Ellsbury has been everything the Yankees could hope for since signing this ofseason> He is hitting .337/.391/.482 with 13 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 22 games. 


Mark Teixeira goes deep for first time
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:24 am ET) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hit his first home run of the season Thursday, in a 14-5 win over the Red Sox.

Teixeira clubbed his home run in a big third inning to help put the Yankees up for good early. He went 1 for 3 overall in the game, while reaching base an additional three times via walk.

Teixeira has been limited to eight of the Yankees' first 23 games due to a hamstring injury, and is still trying to find his way. He is hitting .241/.353/.379 in 29 at-bats. 


 
 
 
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