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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
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
285Matt Adams, STL1B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$0FanDuel.com
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
104Marco Scutaro, SF2B$13Yahoo! Sports
89Aaron Hill, ARI2B$22Yahoo! Sports
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$0FanDuel.com
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
143Jordan Pacheco, COL3B$6Yahoo! Sports
17Chase Headley, SD3B$27Yahoo! Sports
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$8CBSSports.com (White)
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$0FakeTeams.com
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
322Chris Snyder, WASC$0FanDuel.com
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$10FanDuel.com
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
235Nick Hundley, SDC$2Yahoo! Sports
51Yadier Molina, STLC$19Yahoo! Sports
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
273Chone Figgins, MIAOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$37CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$40CBSSports.com (Melchior)
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$0FakeTeams.com
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$20FakeTeams.com
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$39FakeTeams.com
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$19FanDuel.com
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$39FanDuel.com
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$29RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
152Eric Young, COLOF$2Yahoo! Sports
108Denard Span, WASOF$15Yahoo! Sports
85B.J. Upton, ATLOF$29Yahoo! Sports
68Cameron Maybin, SDOF$15Yahoo! Sports
65Martin Prado, ARIOF$25Yahoo! Sports
11Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$34Yahoo! Sports
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
276Antonio Bastardo, PHIP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
275Nate Eovaldi, MIAP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
274Edinson Volquez, SDP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
242Drew Pomeranz, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
158Brian Wilson, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
314John Lannan, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
105Sergio Romo, SFP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
350Jim Henderson, MILP$0CBSSports.com (White)
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (White)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (White)
271Wily Peralta, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1CBSSports.com (White)
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
134Mike Minor, ATLP$13CBSSports.com (White)
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
44Shelby Miller, STLP$8CBSSports.com (White)
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$0FakeTeams.com
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$0FakeTeams.com
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$0FakeTeams.com
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$30FakeTeams.com
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$20FakeTeams.com
298Joe Kelly, STLP$0FanDuel.com
279Anthony Bass, SDP$0FanDuel.com
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
54Zack Greinke, LADP$24FanDuel.com
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$6Mastersball.com (Carey)
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$1Mastersball.com (Carey)
159Kyle Lohse, STLP$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$9Mastersball.com (Carey)
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
244Sean Marshall, CINP$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Mastersball.com (Kreush)
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$31Mastersball.com (Kreush)
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
348Tyler Thornburg, MILP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
325Carlos Martinez, STLP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
324Tim Stauffer, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
301Brandon Lyon, NYMP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
300Mike Leake, CINP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
277Robbie Erlin, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
146Cory Luebke, SDP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
237Bronson Arroyo, CINP$2Yahoo! Sports
225Clayton Richard, SDP$2Yahoo! Sports
214Mark Melancon, PITP$1Yahoo! Sports
194Kyle Kendrick, PHIP$3Yahoo! Sports
144Paul Maholm, ATLP$6Yahoo! Sports
35Matt Cain, SFP$27Yahoo! Sports
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$13CBSSports.com (Melchior)
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
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Cubs SP Jon Lester Ks three in first spring action
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4:06 pm ET) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million contract in December, looked sharp in his first spring action on Friday against the Reds. The left-hander struck out three of the six batters he faced, per MLB.com.

"He's been Jon Lester," manager Joe Maddon said. "I think he's a guy who leads by example, although if he were to say something, everybody does listen. He's been that guy, he's been exactly what I expected, a consummate pro, quiet in his own way."

Lester will be Chicago's opening day starter on April 5 against the Cardinals.


Mets OF Alex Castellanos headed for X-rays on finger injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:03 pm ET) Mets outfielder Alex Castellanos suffered a bruised right middle finger after getting hit by a pitch during Friday's spring game against the Tigers, per ESPN. He is headed for X-rays.

Mets 1B Lucas Duda set to return early next week
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4:00 pm ET) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (oblique) was unable to take batting practice on Friday. Instead, he was limited to front toss and tee work. Duda is expected to make his spring debut at some point early next week, per Newsday.

Brewers' Lucroy could get into spring game sooner than expected
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:32 pm ET) Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is progressing fast enough in his recovery from a right hamstring strain that he could play in spring games sooner than expected. Lucroy wasn't expected to get into spring games until the last week or two of spring training, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"I think it’ll be a lot sooner than that," Lucroy said Friday. "I feel pretty good already but obviously we’re going to be cautiously optimistic about it and take our time. There’s no sense in rushing it because I’m sure I’ll get plenty of playing time so I’m not really too worried about it."

Manager Ron Roenicke confirmed Lucroy's new timetable.

"We talked to the minor-league side to see what they have going on, and they’ve got some simulated games or BP starting the 11th," Roenicke said. "Luc would like to see some live pitching before so we’ll try to pick some spots before to see if we can get him feeling pretty comfortable before he starts some games.

"The timing of it, the way I look at it on the schedule, we have a lot of games left once he starts playing. So I think we’ll be OK with it."


Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop working on improving plate discipline
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:25 pm ET) Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop did not have a good strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2014, and he knows it. Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh has already declared he wants Schoop to show more patience at the plate in 2015, and Schoop seems to be on board with the strategy, per CSNBaltimore.com.

“I have to swing at strikes more, see more pitches. If you swing at strikes, you get better pitches,” said Schoop, who struck out 122 times and walked just 13 times last year. “I want to get better at everything. I want to get better than last year. If you want to get better, you have to work at everything.

“Walks are going to come. I’m not going in there to walk. I’m the type of hitter that’s aggressive. I want to swing the bat. The walks, I want them to go up, but I’m not going in there to walk. I’m going in there to swing. Hopefully be selective and swing at strikes. If they throw me four balls, I’ll take the base.”


Giants reassign Turley, Blackburn, Black to minor-league camp
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:18 pm ET) The Giants announced Friday they reassigned pitcher Nik Turley, pitcher Clayton Blackburn and pitcher Ray Black to minor-league camp. Blackburn is considered the Giants' fifth-best prospect by Baseball America.

Phillies ace Hamels throws two scoreless innings in spring debut
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:09 pm ET) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels, who is seeking a trade, took the hill for the first time this spring Friday against the Yankees. Amid rainy conditions, the left-hander allowed one hit and no walks, while striking out two in two shutout innings.

"I guess that’s what you want to do, get in there, throw strikes and execute," Hamels said, per The Philadelphia Daily News. "I’ve been in a lot of springs and I know what I’m supposed to do with a certain pitch count and the first game and trying to build up. I’m not trying to go out there and blow by everybody. I’m just trying to hit my spots. I wasn't able to do it as much. But if you’re able to throw strikes, then I think that works. I had a general area that I needed to throw it in and I think I was able to do so."


Matt Harvey pitches like an ace in return to action for Mets
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitched in a game Friday against the Tigers for the first time in about 18 months, and the team couldn't have scripted a better outcome

Harvey, who made his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in Oct. 2013, threw two perfect innings during Friday's spring game and reached as high as 99 mph on the radar gun.

"I feel like I never left," Harvey said, per MLB.com. "I could tell the ball was coming out good. I think I let a few go, but for the most part I was really trying to stay loose and hit my spots, and I felt pretty confident with that."

Harvey began the game with a strikeout of Anthony Gose on a 98 mph fastball. He then broke the bats of Jose Iglesias and Rajai Davis on grounders. 

Harvey returned in the second inning with a flyout and two more strikeouts. He threw 25 pitches.


Rays' Cash expecting Desmond Jennings to play a lot in LF
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:56 pm ET) Rays manager Kevin Cash said outfielder Desmond Jennings will play a lot in left field this season, per MLB.com.

"That was part of the coversations we've had in the offseason, and we're very much on board with that," Cash said.

Jennings is a skilled center fielder, but Kevin Kiermaier is considered a strong defender with an above-average arm, which gives Cash options for his defensive alignment. Playing in left field could also be a way for the Rays to keep Jennings in the lineup and off of the trainer's table.

"Part of the thought we've had, we know there's more in there, [Jennings] knows there's more in there," Cash said. "He had some hiccups last year with health, staying on the field. So it's tough to really gauge a guy when you're battling some injury issues throughout the course of the year. But you look at certain parts of his seasons, and he's done some unbelievable things."


Tigers SS Jose Iglesias exits Friday's game due to shin contusion
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:43 pm ET) The Tigers front office and coaching staff probably held their breath for a bit when shortstop Jose Iglesias left Friday's spring game against the Mets with a right shin contusion, seeing how Iglesias missed all of the 2014 season with fractures in both of his shins.

However, it doesn't appear Iglesias suffered a major injury or setback, as the Tigers said his injury is not related to last year's injuries.

"I slid too late and hit it in the wrong spot, but I'll be fine," he said, per the Detroit Free Press.

Iglesias was 1 for 2 with one run, one RBI and one stolen base before leaving Friday's game -- his second appearance this spring.


 
 
 
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