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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
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$1Mastersball.com (Carey)
89Aaron Hill, ARI2B$22Yahoo! Sports
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
12Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$12Mastersball.com (Kreush)
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
11Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$34Yahoo! Sports
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
279Anthony Bass, SDP$0FanDuel.com
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
276Antonio Bastardo, PHIP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$0FakeTeams.com
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
85B.J. Upton, ATLOF$29Yahoo! Sports
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
2Billy Hamilton, CINSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
301Brandon Lyon, NYMP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
158Brian Wilson, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
237Bronson Arroyo, CINP$2Yahoo! Sports
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$29RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
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)
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
325Carlos Martinez, STLP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$8CBSSports.com (White)
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (White)
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
17Chase Headley, SD3B$27Yahoo! Sports
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
273Chone Figgins, MIAOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
322Chris Snyder, WASC$0FanDuel.com
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$31Mastersball.com (Kreush)
225Clayton Richard, SDP$2Yahoo! Sports
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
191Cliff Pennington, ARISS$4Yahoo! Sports
219Clint Barmes, PITSS$2FakeTeams.com
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
146Cory Luebke, SDP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Mastersball.com (Kreush)
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$0FakeTeams.com
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
108Denard Span, WASOF$15Yahoo! Sports
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
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
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
152Eric Young, COLOF$2Yahoo! Sports
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$13CBSSports.com (Melchior)
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$39FakeTeams.com
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$0FanDuel.com
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
350Jim Henderson, MILP$0CBSSports.com (White)
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
298Joe Kelly, STLP$0FanDuel.com
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
314John Lannan, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
351Jonathan Herrera, COLSS$0FanDuel.com
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
143Jordan Pacheco, COL3B$6Yahoo! Sports
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
96Josh Rutledge, COLSS$17Mastersball.com (Carey)
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$20FakeTeams.com
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
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
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
104Marco Scutaro, SF2B$13Yahoo! Sports
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
214Mark Melancon, PITP$1Yahoo! Sports
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$0FakeTeams.com
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$0FakeTeams.com
65Martin Prado, ARIOF$25Yahoo! Sports
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
285Matt Adams, STL1B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
35Matt Cain, SFP$27Yahoo! Sports
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$39FanDuel.com
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (White)
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$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)
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
235Nick Hundley, SDC$2Yahoo! Sports
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
144Paul Maholm, ATLP$6Yahoo! Sports
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
277Robbie Erlin, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$7FanDuel.com
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$40CBSSports.com (Melchior)
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$0FanDuel.com
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$6Mastersball.com (Carey)
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
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)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Mastersball.com (Carey)
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$30FakeTeams.com
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
324Tim Stauffer, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$30CBSSports.com (White)
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
303Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$0FanDuel.com
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
348Tyler Thornburg, MILP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
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Mets' Jacob deGrom working on perfecting his curveball
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:42 am ET) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is working on perfecting his curveball this spring, according to the New York Post

"This spring is so different," deGrom said. "I can really come in here and work on things. Last year when I was over on the big league side, I didn’t throw my curveball one time because I was trying to make the team and prove I could get outs in spring training."

After experiencing some success in the majors, deGrom said he is more willing to work on stuff this time around. While he actually started using his curve more late last season, it seems like deGrom is going to work on perfecting the pitch during camp. 

"It’s a great pitch whether it be strike one or a strikeout pitch," deGrom said. "Talking to Gee, Wheeler and all those guys and see how they throw theirs and taking little bits of information from them and trying it in bullpens. Sometimes I throw it at 78 (mph) and that’s a big difference from the slider. It gets the hitter off balance."

deGrom, 26, posted a 2.69 ERA over 140 1/3 innings last season.


Rockies' Charlie Blackmon hoping for more consistency
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:15 am ET) Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is hoping for more consistency in 2015, according to the Denver Post

Blackmon had a breakout season in 2014, but admits it's hard to be on every single game. "Last year, I swung the bat really well at certain times," he said. "But you go through a lot of ups and downs over 162 games, and that was a learning experience. I think that's going to help me this year."

Blackmon said his strong start made him a target for other teams, and that may have contributed to a slight slump during the season. Blackmon added that he's hoping to hit the ball to all fields this season.

Manager Walt Weiss is hoping Blackmon can deliver more of the same. "I don't know if he necessarily has to have an encore. I'm thinking more of the same," Weiss said. "I think Charlie would say that he wants to be more consistent."

The 28-year-old Blackmon hit .288/.335/.440 over 593 at-bats last year. 


Twins' Gibson feels 'a little more comfortable' with curveball
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:29 am ET) Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson surrendered one run on two hits and one walk in two innings while striking out two in his spring debut Thursday, using the outing to work on his curveball, the Associated Press reports.

"I felt really good," Gibson said. "I'm working on some stuff, and some stuff worked out that I was working on. I threw more curveballs than normal. That's what spring training's for. It's just fun to be able to work on a particular pitch. I feel a little more comfortable."

Gibson, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011, completed his first full major-league deal in 2014, going 13-12 with a 4.47 ERA and 107:57 K:BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings.


Blue Jays' Barton hoping his glove wins him a spot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) Blue Jays first baseman Daric Barton is hoping his glove can win him a spot on the 25-man roster, according to the Toronto Sun.

Barton isn't much of a power hitter, but gets strong marks for his defense at first. Manager John Gibbons is well aware of Barton's skills. "One thing that put Daric on the map was that he was such a disciplined hitter and a great defender," Gibbons said. He added that the first baseman is involved in a large chunk of plays, so defense at the position is probably more important than people realize.

With that said, Barton may need a trade to make the opening day roster. As currently constructed, the Blue Jays may carry three catchers. If the team retains Dioner Navarro, Barton could find himself in the minors.

The 29-year-old Barton hit .158 over 57 at-bats last year.


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez feeling comfortable at first
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez is feeling comfortable at first base, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

After playing third the past couple of seasons, Alvarez will transition to first base full-time in 2015. The 28-year-old is still getting used to the position, but he seems comfortable with the change.

"It’s just a matter of getting used to seeing the field from that point of view, get the reps in so that the responsibilities that come with playing the position become second nature," he said. "That’s just with time and repetitions."

Alvarez hit .231/.312/.405 over 398 at-bats last season. 


Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman gets strong marks at first
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:17 am ET) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman received strong reviews after playing his first game at first base this spring, according to MLB.com.

"He is still in the stages of having to think about it out there, because it's not natural yet," manager Matt Williams said. "He looked fine. He has fantastic hands." Zimmerman was tested during the start, and had to make two scoops in order to prevent possible throwing errors. 

He's been taking extra practice at the position this spring, and was fairly happy with how his first game turned out. "You can do so many drills, exercises and things like that until you have to go out there and play," Zimmerman said. "So it's nice to have a few chances. The more I play over there, the more comfortable I will get. I feel fine."

Zimmerman, 30, hit .280/.342/.449 over 214 at-bats last year. 


Orioles' Brian Matusz tosses scoreless inning in return
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:09 am ET) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz tossed a scoreless inning in his return to the mound.

Matusz came into camp dealing with a shoulder issue, but said he was pretty close to 100 percent. He allowed one hit during his one inning of work, and struck out one batter. Matusz is expected to open the season in the team's bullpen. 

The 28-year-old posted a 3.48 ERA over 51 2/3 innings last year.


Red Sox's Rusney Castillo wouldn't alter plan if sent down
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo won't be upset if he winds up being sent down to the minors, according to the WEEI.

That's not a likely outcome, but with his recent oblique injury, there's a chance Castillo could fall behind the other outfielders on the roster. "To me it wouldn’t be anything that would alter my plan, or my attitude, or my perspective," he said. "If that’s what it’s got to be, that’s what it’s got to be. I’m just worrying playing and continuing to get reps and reps wherever they may come."

Castillo did note that he's feeling a lot better, and is expected to return in about a week. Castillo hit .333 over 36 at-bats in the majors last year. 


Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. showing off new swing
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is showing off his new swing this spring, according to the Boston Herald

Bradley started working out at the team's facility in November, and started hitting in January. He worked with assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez for a good portion of the offseason. "Jackie was dedicated," Rodriguez said. "He listened, too. He was open to what we talked about."

Manager John Farrell has noticed the change in Bradley's approach. "In BP, to me, it seems like there’s more of a willingness to stay in the middle of the field and not look to lift a ball too much," Farrell said. "I think it’s more of his natural swing, which he was drafted with."

Bradley said his swing has been a "work in progress." While it doesn't appear Bradley has a starting role, his defense should make him a useful major-league asset.

The 24-year-old hit .198/.265/.266 over 384 at-bats last year. 

 


Molitor: Eduardo Escobar 'will be' important part of Twins in 2015
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor marked infielder Eduardo Escobar as "an important part" of the team in 2014 and believes he will be the same this season, the Star Tribune reports.

"He was an important part of our team last year," Molitor said. "He will be this year, too."

Escobar delivered the best performance of his career in 2014, hitting .275/.315/.406 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 433 at-bats. However, he arrived at camp to learn he was in a competition for the shortstop role with last year's center fielder, Danny Santana. Breaking the news to Escobar was a delicate conversation for the manager.

"Obviously," Molitor said. "You’ve got a guy who came in and played every day for you last year, and then you’re thinking about doing something different. I’ve tried to explain it to him the best I could. His answers, at least for now, are, 'No problem. I understand.'"


 
 
 
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