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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
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$0FakeTeams.com
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
351Jonathan Herrera, COLSS$0FanDuel.com
350Jim Henderson, MILP$0CBSSports.com (White)
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
348Tyler Thornburg, MILP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$0FanDuel.com
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$0FakeTeams.com
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$0FanDuel.com
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
325Carlos Martinez, STLP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
324Tim Stauffer, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
322Chris Snyder, WASC$0FanDuel.com
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
314John Lannan, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$0FakeTeams.com
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
303Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$0FanDuel.com
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (White)
301Brandon Lyon, NYMP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
300Mike Leake, CINP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (White)
298Joe Kelly, STLP$0FanDuel.com
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$0FakeTeams.com
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
285Matt Adams, STL1B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$0FakeTeams.com
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
279Anthony Bass, SDP$0FanDuel.com
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
277Robbie Erlin, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
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)
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
271Wily Peralta, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1CBSSports.com (White)
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
244Sean Marshall, CINP$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
242Drew Pomeranz, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
237Bronson Arroyo, CINP$2Yahoo! Sports
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
235Nick Hundley, SDC$2Yahoo! Sports
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
225Clayton Richard, SDP$2Yahoo! Sports
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
219Clint Barmes, PITSS$2FakeTeams.com
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
214Mark Melancon, PITP$1Yahoo! Sports
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
199Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1Patton & Co
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
194Kyle Kendrick, PHIP$3Yahoo! Sports
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
191Cliff Pennington, ARISS$4Yahoo! Sports
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$7FanDuel.com
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$6Mastersball.com (Carey)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$1Mastersball.com (Carey)
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
159Kyle Lohse, STLP$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
158Brian Wilson, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
152Eric Young, COLOF$2Yahoo! Sports
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
146Cory Luebke, SDP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
144Paul Maholm, ATLP$6Yahoo! Sports
143Jordan Pacheco, COL3B$6Yahoo! Sports
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$13FakeTeams.com
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
134Mike Minor, ATLP$13CBSSports.com (White)
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$9Mastersball.com (Carey)
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
108Denard Span, WASOF$15Yahoo! Sports
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$20FakeTeams.com
105Sergio Romo, SFP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
104Marco Scutaro, SF2B$13Yahoo! Sports
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
96Josh Rutledge, COLSS$17Mastersball.com (Carey)
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
89Aaron Hill, ARI2B$22Yahoo! Sports
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
85B.J. Upton, ATLOF$29Yahoo! Sports
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$13CBSSports.com (Melchior)
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
68Cameron Maybin, SDOF$15Yahoo! Sports
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
65Martin Prado, ARIOF$25Yahoo! Sports
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
54Zack Greinke, LADP$24FanDuel.com
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
51Yadier Molina, STLC$19Yahoo! Sports
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
44Shelby Miller, STLP$8CBSSports.com (White)
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
35Matt Cain, SFP$27Yahoo! Sports
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$19FanDuel.com
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$37CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$10FanDuel.com
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Mastersball.com (Carey)
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
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Zack Wheeler pitches well outside one bad inning Sunday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:44 pm ET) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitched well outside of just one bad inning during a no-decision Sunday against the Braves. He was charged with three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six in six innings.

Wheeler opened the game with a pair of strikeouts in the first inning and had three strikeouts through two innings.

He was in control and holding a two-run lead before unraveling in the fifth inning. The Braves would produce three runs on RBI doubles from Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Freedie Freeman.

Wheeler got off the hook for the loss as New York tied the game at 3 in the sixth inning. He's expected to make his next start Friday against the Marlins.


David Hale pitches well in likely final start for now
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:38 pm ET) Braves starting pitcher David Hale might have made his last start for the time being Sunday against the Mets, but he gave another strong effort in a no-decision. He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks, while striking out five in six innings.

Hale ran into some early trouble as the Mets went up 1-0 in the first inning on David Wright's RBI groundout. New York took a 2-0 lead on Dan Uggla's fielding error in the second inning.

Atlanta took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning, but New York was able to tie the game in the sixth inning on another fielding error by Uggla.

The Braves are expecting Mike Minor (shoulder) to rejoin the rotation Saturday against the Reds, which would be Hale's next turn through the rotation. There has been no official word yet of Hale being removed from the rotation, but it seems likely with how well Aaron Harang is pitching. Hale has a 2.93 ERA through three starts.


Yordano Ventura lasts only four frames in loss to Twins
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:38 pm ET) Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura ran up his pitch count and lasted only four innings on Sunday, suffering his first loss of the season in his team's 8-3 defeat to Minnesota.

Ventura (1-1) surrendered a two-run double to Trevor Plouffe and run-scoring singles to Eduardo Escobar and Chris Colabello. He was charged with four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out six over four innings pitched. He tossed 94 pitched, 56 of which were called strikes.

Ventura saw his ERA rise from 0.69 to 2.65 after Sunday's loss. He's posted a 1.12 WHIP and 19:7 K:BB ratio over 17 innings pitched. He'll make his next start Friday in Baltimore.

Phil Hughes gets back on track in win over Royals
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:29 pm ET) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes got back on track with a quality start on Sunday, collecting his first win of the season in his team's 8-3 victory over the Royals.

Hughes tossed four scoreless innings before allowing a run-scoring single to Omar Infante in the fifth and a two-run home run to Alcides Escobar in the seventh. He was charged with three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three over six innings pitched.

Hughes owns a 6.43 ERA, a 1.67 WHIP along with a 20:6 K:BB ratio over 21 innings. He'll look for win No. 2 at home Saturday against Detroit.

Rafael Soriano picks up first win in 2014
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:28 pm ET) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up his first win of the season during Sunday's 3-2 victory against the Cardinals.

Soriano (1-0) entered Sunday's game in the ninth inning of a 2-all contest. He retired the side in order in the top of the ninth, which included a strikeout of Shane Robinson. He earned the win after Denard Span won the game with a walk-off sac fly in the bottom of the ninth.


Stephen Strasburg bounces back with nine-strikeout start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:23 pm ET) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg bounced back from a rough start Tuesday at Miami to strike out nine during a no-decision Sunday vs. St. Louis. The right-hander was charged with two runs on five hits and one walk over six innings.

Strasburg, who allowed six runs in four innings Tuesday, got off to a great start Sunday, striking out two in the first inning.

He ran into some trouble in the second inning, as St. Louis collected three hits and one run. Strasburg didn't give up another run until opposing pitcher Shelby Miller had an RBI double with two outs in the fifth.

Strasburg left the game trailing 2-0, but was off the hook for the loss as Washington rallied for a 3-2 win. His next scheduled start is for Friday against the Padres.


Josh Wall sent down to Triple-A after rough weekend
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:22 pm ET) The Angels optioned reliever Josh Wall to Triple-A Salt Lake following Sunday's game against Detroit. Wall allowed six runs on five hits and three walks in one inning of work over two appearances against Detroit this weekend.

Shelby Miller emerges unscathed despite five walks
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:17 pm ET) Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller was in line for a second straight win Sunday, but the bullpen couldn't hold a two-run lead as the Nationals rallied for a 3-2 win.

Miller had some control issues Sunday, walking a season-high five batters. However, he was able to work out of trouble most of the afternoon, as he tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and struck out seven.

Miller walked the bases loaded in the third inning, but escaped the jam by getting Adam LaRoche to strike out. Miller allowed a pair of two-out singles in the fourth inning, but got out of trouble by striking out Stephen Strasburg. He was finally lifted after allowing a one-out walk to Danny Espinosa and a one-out single to Jose Lobaton in the sixth inning.

Miller was able to lower his ERA from 4.67 to 3.57 in the no-decision. Miller will be back on the hill Friday against the Pirates. He lost in his first start against Pittsburgh April 4, allowing five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.


Carlos Quentin headed to Arizona to continue rehab
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:04 pm ET) Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin (knee) will continue his rehab when he travels to the team's spring facility in Arizona at the end of the week, per MLB.com. 

"I think he's going to go on Thursday or Friday," manager Bud Black said, per MLB.com. "He's going to start doing baseball activities over there. He'll go out and practice with that group and do on-the-field drills, batting practice. We have our trainers and therapists over there."

Quentin will need a rehab assignment before joining the major-league roster.

"Probably at some point over there he might even get in some games, maybe DH to get some at-bats there," Black said. "When he goes through that process, then he'll go out on a rehabilitation assignment."


Joe Nathan record third save Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:57 pm ET) Tigers closer Joe Nathan nailed down his third save of the year Sunday against the Angels.

Nathan entered the game with a one-run lead in the ninth inning. After getting two quick outs, Nathan allowed a single to Howie Kendrick. Raul Ibanez entered the game as a pinch hitter, but struck out on a slider in a seven-pitch at-bat.

Nathan pitched one inning, and gave up one hit, with two strikeouts.


 
 
 
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