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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
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$40CBSSports.com (Melchior)
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$39FakeTeams.com
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$39FanDuel.com
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$37CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
11Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$34Yahoo! Sports
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$31Mastersball.com (Kreush)
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$30CBSSports.com (White)
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$30FakeTeams.com
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$29RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
85B.J. Upton, ATLOF$29Yahoo! Sports
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Mastersball.com (Carey)
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
35Matt Cain, SFP$27Yahoo! Sports
17Chase Headley, SD3B$27Yahoo! Sports
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Mastersball.com (Kreush)
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
65Martin Prado, ARIOF$25Yahoo! Sports
54Zack Greinke, LADP$24FanDuel.com
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
89Aaron Hill, ARI2B$22Yahoo! Sports
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$20FakeTeams.com
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$20FakeTeams.com
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$19FanDuel.com
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
51Yadier Molina, STLC$19Yahoo! Sports
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
105Sergio Romo, SFP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
96Josh Rutledge, COLSS$17Mastersball.com (Carey)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
108Denard Span, WASOF$15Yahoo! Sports
68Cameron Maybin, SDOF$15Yahoo! Sports
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$13CBSSports.com (Melchior)
134Mike Minor, ATLP$13CBSSports.com (White)
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$13FakeTeams.com
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
104Marco Scutaro, SF2B$13Yahoo! Sports
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
12Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$12Mastersball.com (Kreush)
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$10FanDuel.com
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$9Mastersball.com (Carey)
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
44Shelby Miller, STLP$8CBSSports.com (White)
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$8CBSSports.com (White)
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$7FanDuel.com
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$6Mastersball.com (Carey)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
144Paul Maholm, ATLP$6Yahoo! Sports
143Jordan Pacheco, COL3B$6Yahoo! Sports
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
159Kyle Lohse, STLP$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
146Cory Luebke, SDP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
191Cliff Pennington, ARISS$4Yahoo! Sports
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
2Billy Hamilton, CINSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
194Kyle Kendrick, PHIP$3Yahoo! Sports
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
158Brian Wilson, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
271Wily Peralta, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
219Clint Barmes, PITSS$2FakeTeams.com
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
244Sean Marshall, CINP$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
237Bronson Arroyo, CINP$2Yahoo! Sports
235Nick Hundley, SDC$2Yahoo! Sports
225Clayton Richard, SDP$2Yahoo! Sports
152Eric Young, COLOF$2Yahoo! Sports
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
276Antonio Bastardo, PHIP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
275Nate Eovaldi, MIAP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
274Edinson Volquez, SDP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
273Chone Figgins, MIAOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
242Drew Pomeranz, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1CBSSports.com (White)
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$1Mastersball.com (Carey)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
199Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1Patton & Co
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
214Mark Melancon, PITP$1Yahoo! Sports
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
314John Lannan, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
350Jim Henderson, MILP$0CBSSports.com (White)
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (White)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (White)
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$0FakeTeams.com
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$0FakeTeams.com
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$0FakeTeams.com
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$0FakeTeams.com
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$0FakeTeams.com
351Jonathan Herrera, COLSS$0FanDuel.com
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$0FanDuel.com
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$0FanDuel.com
322Chris Snyder, WASC$0FanDuel.com
303Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$0FanDuel.com
298Joe Kelly, STLP$0FanDuel.com
279Anthony Bass, SDP$0FanDuel.com
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
285Matt Adams, STL1B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
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Tolleson, Feliz, Scheppers likely to make Rangers
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:09 pm ET) The Rangers are likely to put Shawn Tolleson, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers in the bullpen this season, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Manager Jeff Banister implied that all three players would make the team out of camp. That's not necessarily a surprise for Tolleson, who led the team in relief appearances last year, but both Feliz and Scheppers had been mentioned as fringe candidates thus far. 


Padres' Wil Myers hoping to prove the doubters wrong
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:43 pm ET) Padres outfielder Wil Myers is hoping he can prove the doubters wrong this season, according to MLB.com.

Myers not only has a lot to prove at the plate, but he also wants to show that he can handle his new defensive position. "Going into this year, I have a lot of doubters out there. I not only want to prove them wrong but prove to myself that I can play a good center field," Myers said.

He continued, "I've played a lot there in the minor leagues. And hearing everyone say, 'I don't think he can play center field,' is going to motivate me to play a great center field."

Manager Bud Black seems encouraged by Myers' defensive play thus far. "He's looking good, good angles, good routes, good hands, athletic," Black said. "His speed is fine. His strides look good tracking fly balls. He's an athletic guy. From what we've seen so far [it's been] all good."

The 24-year-old hit .222/.294/.320 over 325 at-bats last season. 


Red Sox SP Kelly on spring debut: 'I know what I need to work on'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:04 pm ET) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings in his spring debut Thursday, striking out two and walking none.

"Stuff wasn't as crisp as it usually is," Kelly said after his outing. "88 mile fastball, don't think I've done that since I was 13. I know what I need to work on. ... I threw 44 pitches, will look to build up to 100 pitches. I'm not going to beat myself up. Will watch some video, work on things. ... Four-seam not as crisp as I would like. Just not there yet, but that will come. I threw all four pitches today, that's a plus."

Kelly said during the offseason that he planned on winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2015. He went 6-4 with a 4.20 ERA and 66:42 K:BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings between the Cardinals and Red Sox last season.


P Yoan Lopez to make debut for Diamondbacks on Saturday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:03 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Yoan Lopez will make his spring training debut this Saturday, according to MLB.com. 

The 21-year-old Cuban right-hander is competing for a spot in Arizona's rotation this spring. Lopez signed a deal that included a signing bonus of over $8 million. 


Twins' Michael Tonkin hoping to catch on with the club
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:03 pm ET) Twins pitcher Michael Tonkin is hoping to break camp on the 25-man roster, according to MLB.com.

Tonkin has been up and down the past two seasons, but is competing for a bullpen spot this spring. He has one option year left on his contract, but he's hoping he can break camp with the major-league club.

"It would be huge," Tonkin said. "It's a pretty important year for me. Just the business side of it, having just one option left. It's important to show them I can be a big leaguer. I feel like I'm ready."

Tonkin, 25, posted a 4.74 ERA over 19 innings last season. 


Black: Shawn Kelley 'brings talent' to Padres bullpen
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:56 pm ET) Padres pitcher Shawn Kelley was traded to San Diego this offseason, and manager Bud Black spoke Thursday about the talent and experience the lefty brings to the Padres bullpen, U-T San Diego reports.

"You've got some guys now who are starting to get some tenure, some experience, in (Dale) Thayer and (Nick) Vincent and (Kevin) Quackenbush," Black said. "Shawn brings a little bit of that service time, but more importantly, he brings talent. He's got a good arm, he's got a good, live fastball, he's got a good slider, he's pitched at the backend of bullpens, he's been around some good closers, he's been in good bullpens."

Kelley threw his slider 57.7 percent of the time last season, second among all qualified relievers, but has confidence throwing his pitches in any situation.

"I have no problem throwing both pitches (fastball and slider) of the plate, up and down to lefties," Kelley said. "I think with the advanced scouting reports and all the information we have, every lefty has at least one hole or two against a righty, and I feel like I have something I'm comfortable doing to match that. ... I'll do whatever I have to do to exploit a lefty's weakness."

Set to become a free agent after the season, Kelley went 3-6 with a 4.53 ERA and 67:20 K:BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings with the Yankees last season.


Diamondbacks encouraged by Yasmany Tomas
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:54 pm ET) The Diamondbacks were encouraged by Yasmany Tomas' play at third on Thursday, according to azcentral.com.

Tomas didn't make every play, but was able to convert on five of his six chances at the hot corner. Manager Chip Hale said the team was "encouraged" by what Tomas showed during the game. 

Hale also complimented Tomas at the plate, even though the infielder doesn't have a hit yet this spring. "He's much lighter on his feet than you would think he is," Hale said. "Even running down the line, he doesn't get hits every time but when he hits it, he hustles down the line and looks like he can get down there pretty good."

Tomas is attempting to win the third base job during camp. He's expected to open the year in the majors even if the team converts him back to the outfield. 


Mariners designate Ji-Man Choi for assignment
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:46 pm ET) The Mariners have designated first baseman Ji-Man Choi for assignment on Thursday, according to MLB.com.

Choi fractured his fibula during Wednesday's game, and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. He will be replaced by Edgar Olmos on the 40-man roster. 


Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw pitches two perfect innings Thursday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:40 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw's first spring training game had him retire all six batters he faced in two innings. 

In Thursday's 6-1 win over the White Sox, Kershaw recorded three strikeouts. 

"It felt good. The first one is just good to get out there and make sure you feel good physically," Kershaw said, via the Associated Press. "The results are obviously something that you look for, but maybe not the most important thing.


Mariners place Edgar Olmos back on the 40-man roster
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:38 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Edgar Olmos has been placed on the team's 40-man roster, according to MLB.com.

Olmos went over to the Rangers briefly, but was sent back to the Mariners after it was revealed he had a shoulder issue. Olmos will replace Ji-Man Choi on the 40-man roster.


 
 
 
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