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2013 Draft Prep: 12-team, H2H keeper league draft

Senior Fantasy Writer

You asked, and we delivered.

Actually, you didn't specifically ask for a keeper mock draft. You hammered us on Twitter, e-mail and even in person with specific keeper queries:

Here are 12 players. Which five should I keep?

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I am keeping Trout, Cabrera and Verlander. Which of the following eight players should I keep as my fourth?

I have four keeper spots for these 23 players. [Insert insane keeper loophole involving a minimum number of hitters that must be kept]. Which do you like?

We figured with all these questions, the time had come to just do a keeper mock. So we took a dormant league from last year -- with rosters still loaded -- and had each of our owners pick three keepers. Because we're suckers for semantics and loopholes here at, we allowed teams to keep fewer than three if lady luck had dealt them a raw hand, meaning that if a team kept only two players, they'd be able to draft from all the unkept players in the third round (whereas the teams keeping three would have their first three rounds used for keepers).

What can you take from this draft? Obviously, a sense of who we like as keepers in a real-world setting. The first three rounds were basically 36 keepers from an actual league, with a couple minor exceptions. But you also get a full head-to-head mock from our analysts and writers, as well as an idea of which players to consider in a keeper format, as well as when to start considering them (and not focus entirely on 2013).

The league consists of ...

1. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer
2. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
3. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
4. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Adam Aizer, Fantasy Video/Podcast Host
6. Scott White , Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
8. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
9. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
10. Chris Cwik, MLB Blogger
11. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
12. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer

Some quick observations on the draft:

• Key prospects taken included: Shelby Miller in the 14th round, Wil Myers and Trevor Bauer in the 17th round, Jurickson Profar in the 19th round, Jedd Gyorko and Leonys Martin in the 20th round and Bruce Rondon and Oscar Taveras in the 21st round. By and large, the owners in this mock focused on winning in 2013, opting to look at prospect gambles after starting lineups were filled.

Bryce Harper went with the fourth pick of the fourth round. Stephen Strasburg went with the first pick of the fourth round. This was, essentially, the first full round of drafting after keepers were added to rosters.

Mark Teixeira was taken about 20 minutes before news of his wrist injury came to light.

Aroldis Chapman may turn out to be a steal with the 11th pick of the sixth round.

• An injured Curtis Granderson slipped to the third pick of the seventh round. He could be a nice target in keeper formats, as he was being taken late in the first round in some early mocks.

Editor's Note: The players with an asterisk in the results below represent those each team kept.

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Ed Gauna Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA*
2 Igor Mello Ryan Braun, OF, MIL*
3 Peter Madden Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE*
4 Nando Di Fino Matt Kemp, OF, LAD*
5 Adam Aizer Jered Weaver, SP, LAA*
6 Scott White Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
7 Jeff Lippman Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS*
8 Chris Towers Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD*
9 Jeff Tobin Prince Fielder, 1B, DET*
10 Chris Cwik Justin Verlander, SP, DET*
11 Al Melchior Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL*
12 Bill Passonno Evan Longoria, 3B, TB*
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Bill Passonno Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL*
14 Al Melchior Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
15 Chris Cwik Buster Posey, C, SF*
16 Jeff Tobin CC Sabathia, SP, NYY*
17 Chris Towers Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA*
18 Jeff Lippman Jose Reyes, SS, TOR*
19 Scott White Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
20 Adam Aizer Roy Halladay, SP, PHI*
21 Nando Di Fino Jose Bautista, OF, TOR*
22 Peter Madden Kris Medlen, RP, ATL*
23 Igor Mello Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX*
24 Ed Gauna Joe Mauer, C, MIN*
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Ed Gauna Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL*
26 Igor Mello Matt Holliday, OF, STL*
27 Peter Madden David Price, SP, TB*
28 Nando Di Fino Zack Greinke, SP, LAD*
29 Adam Aizer Max Scherzer, SP, DET*
30 Scott White Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
31 Jeff Lippman Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA*
32 Chris Towers Mike Trout, OF, LAA*
33 Jeff Tobin Hanley Ramirez, 3B, LAD
34 Chris Cwik Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY*
35 Al Melchior Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX
36 Bill Passonno Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS*
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Bill Passonno Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
38 Al Melchior Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
39 Chris Cwik Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
40 Jeff Tobin Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
41 Chris Towers David Wright, 3B, NYM
42 Jeff Lippman Justin Upton, OF, ATL
43 Scott White Ben Zobrist, OF, TB
44 Adam Aizer Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
45 Nando Di Fino Matt Cain, SP, SF
46 Peter Madden Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
47 Igor Mello Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
48 Ed Gauna R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Ed Gauna Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
50 Igor Mello Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
51 Peter Madden Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CIN
52 Nando Di Fino Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
53 Adam Aizer Chase Headley, 3B, SD
54 Scott White Adam Jones, OF, BAL
55 Jeff Lippman Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
56 Chris Towers Chris Sale, SP, CHW
57 Jeff Tobin Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
58 Chris Cwik Allen Craig, 1B, STL
59 Al Melchior Carlos Santana, C, CLE
60 Bill Passonno Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Bill Passonno Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS
62 Al Melchior Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
63 Chris Cwik Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
64 Jeff Tobin Alex Gordon, OF, KC
65 Chris Towers Josh Johnson, SP, TOR
66 Jeff Lippman Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
67 Scott White Billy Butler, 1B, KC
68 Adam Aizer Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
69 Nando Di Fino Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
70 Peter Madden Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
71 Igor Mello Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
72 Ed Gauna Martin Prado, OF, ARI
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Ed Gauna Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
74 Igor Mello Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
75 Peter Madden Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
76 Nando Di Fino Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
77 Adam Aizer Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
78 Scott White James Shields, SP, KC
79 Jeff Lippman Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
80 Chris Towers Matt Wieters, C, BAL
81 Jeff Tobin Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
82 Chris Cwik Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
83 Al Melchior Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR
84 Bill Passonno Austin Jackson, OF, DET
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Bill Passonno Mat Latos, SP, CIN
86 Al Melchior Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
87 Chris Cwik Alex Rios, OF, CHW
88 Jeff Tobin Mark Trumbo, OF, LAA
89 Chris Towers David Ortiz, U, BOS
90 Jeff Lippman Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
91 Scott White Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
92 Adam Aizer B.J. Upton, OF, ATL
93 Nando Di Fino Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
94 Peter Madden Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
95 Igor Mello Yadier Molina, C, STL
96 Ed Gauna Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Ed Gauna Jake Peavy, SP, CHW
98 Igor Mello Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
99 Peter Madden C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
100 Nando Di Fino Jon Lester, SP, BOS
101 Adam Aizer Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
102 Scott White Matt Moore, SP, TB
103 Jeff Lippman Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
104 Chris Towers Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
105 Jeff Tobin Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
106 Chris Cwik Dan Haren, SP, WAS
107 Al Melchior Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
108 Bill Passonno Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Bill Passonno Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
110 Al Melchior Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
111 Chris Cwik Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
112 Jeff Tobin Miguel Montero, C, ARI
113 Chris Towers Mike Minor, SP, ATL
114 Jeff Lippman Mike Napoli, C, BOS
115 Scott White Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
116 Adam Aizer Lance Lynn, SP, STL
117 Nando Di Fino Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
118 Peter Madden Doug Fister, SP, DET
119 Igor Mello Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
120 Ed Gauna Victor Martinez, U, DET
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Ed Gauna Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
122 Igor Mello Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
123 Peter Madden Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
124 Nando Di Fino A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK
125 Adam Aizer Fernando Rodney, RP, TB
126 Scott White Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
127 Jeff Lippman Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
128 Chris Towers Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
129 Jeff Tobin Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
130 Chris Cwik Brett Anderson, SP, OAK
131 Al Melchior Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
132 Bill Passonno Andre Ethier, OF, LAD
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Bill Passonno Ricky Romero, SP, TOR
134 Al Melchior Matt Garza, SP, CHC
135 Chris Cwik Hunter Pence, OF, SF
136 Jeff Tobin Jason Motte, RP, STL
137 Chris Towers Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL
138 Jeff Lippman Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
139 Scott White Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK
140 Adam Aizer Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
141 Nando Di Fino Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
142 Peter Madden Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
143 Igor Mello Wade Miley, SP, ARI
144 Ed Gauna Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Ed Gauna Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
146 Igor Mello A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT
147 Peter Madden Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
148 Nando Di Fino Josh Beckett, SP, LAD
149 Adam Aizer Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
150 Scott White Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
151 Jeff Lippman Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY
152 Chris Towers Tom Wilhelmsen, RP, SEA
153 Jeff Tobin Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
154 Chris Cwik Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
155 Al Melchior Angel Pagan, OF, SF
156 Bill Passonno Wilin Rosario, C, COL
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Bill Passonno Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
158 Al Melchior Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
159 Chris Cwik Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
160 Jeff Tobin Carlos Beltran, OF, STL
161 Chris Towers Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
162 Jeff Lippman Mariano Rivera, RP, NYY
163 Scott White Shelby Miller, RP, STL
164 Adam Aizer Jesus Montero, C, SEA
165 Nando Di Fino Adam Eaton, OF, ARI
166 Peter Madden David Freese, 3B, STL
167 Igor Mello Jim Johnson, RP, BAL
168 Ed Gauna Nick Swisher, OF, CLE
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Ed Gauna Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
170 Igor Mello Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
171 Peter Madden Tim Hudson, SP, ATL
172 Nando Di Fino Huston Street, RP, SD
173 Adam Aizer Alexi Ogando, RP, TEX
174 Scott White Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
175 Jeff Lippman Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
176 Chris Towers Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
177 Jeff Tobin Mike Fiers, SP, MIL
178 Chris Cwik Greg Holland, RP, KC
179 Al Melchior Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
180 Bill Passonno Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
Round 16
Pick Team Player
181 Bill Passonno Brian McCann, C, ATL
182 Al Melchior Phil Hughes, SP, NYY
183 Chris Cwik Sergio Romo, RP, SF
184 Jeff Tobin Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
185 Chris Towers Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
186 Jeff Lippman Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN
187 Scott White J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
188 Adam Aizer J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
189 Nando Di Fino Chris Perez, RP, CLE
190 Peter Madden Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
191 Igor Mello Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB
192 Ed Gauna Kyle Lohse, SP, STL
Round 17
Pick Team Player
193 Ed Gauna John Axford, RP, MIL
194 Igor Mello Salvador Perez, C, KC
195 Peter Madden Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX
196 Nando Di Fino Tyler Colvin, OF, COL
197 Adam Aizer Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
198 Scott White Wil Myers, OF, TB
199 Jeff Lippman Chris Davis, OF, BAL
200 Chris Towers Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
201 Jeff Tobin Shaun Marcum, SP, NYM
202 Chris Cwik Denard Span, OF, WAS
203 Al Melchior Dexter Fowler, OF, COL
204 Bill Passonno Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE
Round 18
Pick Team Player
205 Bill Passonno Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
206 Al Melchior Tommy Milone, SP, OAK
207 Chris Cwik Ryan Dempster, SP, BOS
208 Jeff Tobin Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
209 Chris Towers Ben Revere, OF, PHI
210 Jeff Lippman Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
211 Scott White Alex Cobb, SP, TB
212 Adam Aizer Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY
213 Nando Di Fino Johan Santana, SP, NYM
214 Peter Madden Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
215 Igor Mello Alfonso Soriano, OF, CHC
216 Ed Gauna A.J. Pierzynski, C, TEX
Round 19
Pick Team Player
217 Ed Gauna Matt Harrison, SP, TEX
218 Igor Mello Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
219 Peter Madden Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY
220 Nando Di Fino Andrew Cashner, RP, SD
221 Adam Aizer Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
222 Scott White Ryan Doumit, C, MIN
223 Jeff Lippman Jeff Keppinger, 3B, CHW
224 Chris Towers Logan Morrison, OF, MIA
225 Jeff Tobin Michael Morse, OF, SEA
226 Chris Cwik Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
227 Al Melchior Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
228 Bill Passonno Tommy Hanson, SP, LAA
Round 20
Pick Team Player
229 Bill Passonno Joel Hanrahan, RP, BOS
230 Al Melchior Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
231 Chris Cwik Cameron Maybin, OF, SD
232 Jeff Tobin Jedd Gyorko, 3B, SD
233 Chris Towers Grant Balfour, RP, OAK
234 Jeff Lippman Bud Norris, SP, HOU
235 Scott White Domonic Brown, OF, PHI
236 Adam Aizer Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
237 Nando Di Fino Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
238 Peter Madden Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
239 Igor Mello Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
240 Ed Gauna Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
Round 21
Pick Team Player
241 Ed Gauna Bruce Rondon, RP, DET
242 Igor Mello Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
243 Peter Madden Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
244 Nando Di Fino Alex Avila, C, DET
245 Adam Aizer Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
246 Scott White James McDonald, SP, PIT
247 Jeff Lippman Jean Segura, SS, MIL
248 Chris Towers Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
249 Jeff Tobin Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
250 Chris Cwik Brandon McCarthy, SP, ARI
251 Al Melchior Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
252 Bill Passonno Ryan Madson, RP, LAA
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Jered Weaver, SP, LAA*
2.8 Roy Halladay, SP, PHI*
3.5 Max Scherzer, SP, DET*
4.8 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
5.5 Chase Headley, 3B, SD
6.8 Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
7.5 Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
8.8 B.J. Upton, OF, ATL
9.5 Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
10.8 Lance Lynn, SP, STL
11.5 Fernando Rodney, RP, TB
12.8 Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
13.5 Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
14.8 Jesus Montero, C, SEA
15.5 Alexi Ogando, RP, TEX
16.8 J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
17.5 Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
18.8 Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY
19.5 Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
20.8 Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
21.5 Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
Chris Cwik
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Justin Verlander, SP, DET*
2.3 Buster Posey, C, SF*
3.10 Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY*
4.3 Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
5.10 Allen Craig, 1B, STL
6.3 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
7.10 Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
8.3 Alex Rios, OF, CHW
9.10 Dan Haren, SP, WAS
10.3 Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
11.10 Brett Anderson, SP, OAK
12.3 Hunter Pence, OF, SF
13.10 Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
14.3 Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
15.10 Greg Holland, RP, KC
16.3 Sergio Romo, RP, SF
17.10 Denard Span, OF, WAS
18.3 Ryan Dempster, SP, BOS
19.10 Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
20.3 Cameron Maybin, OF, SD
21.10 Brandon McCarthy, SP, ARI
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Matt Kemp, OF, LAD*
2.9 Jose Bautista, OF, TOR*
3.4 Zack Greinke, SP, LAD*
4.9 Matt Cain, SP, SF
5.4 Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
6.9 Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
7.4 Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
8.9 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
9.4 Jon Lester, SP, BOS
10.9 Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
11.4 A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK
12.9 Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
13.4 Josh Beckett, SP, LAD
14.9 Adam Eaton, OF, ARI
15.4 Huston Street, RP, SD
16.9 Chris Perez, RP, CLE
17.4 Tyler Colvin, OF, COL
18.9 Johan Santana, SP, NYM
19.4 Andrew Cashner, RP, SD
20.9 Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
21.4 Alex Avila, C, DET
Ed Gauna
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA*
2.12 Joe Mauer, C, MIN*
3.1 Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL*
4.12 R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR
5.1 Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
6.12 Martin Prado, OF, ARI
7.1 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
8.12 Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
9.1 Jake Peavy, SP, CHW
10.12 Victor Martinez, U, DET
11.1 Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
12.12 Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
13.1 Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
14.12 Nick Swisher, OF, CLE
15.1 Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
16.12 Kyle Lohse, SP, STL
17.1 John Axford, RP, MIL
18.12 A.J. Pierzynski, C, TEX
19.1 Matt Harrison, SP, TEX
20.12 Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
21.1 Bruce Rondon, RP, DET
Jeff Lippman
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS*
2.6 Jose Reyes, SS, TOR*
3.7 Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA*
4.6 Justin Upton, OF, ATL
5.7 Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
6.6 Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
7.7 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
8.6 Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
9.7 Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
10.6 Mike Napoli, C, BOS
11.7 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
12.6 Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
13.7 Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY
14.6 Mariano Rivera, RP, NYY
15.7 Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
16.6 Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN
17.7 Chris Davis, OF, BAL
18.6 Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
19.7 Jeff Keppinger, 3B, CHW
20.6 Bud Norris, SP, HOU
21.7 Jean Segura, SS, MIL
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE*
2.10 Kris Medlen, RP, ATL*
3.3 David Price, SP, TB*
4.10 Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
5.3 Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CIN
6.10 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
7.3 Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
8.10 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
9.3 C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
10.10 Doug Fister, SP, DET
11.3 Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
12.10 Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
13.3 Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
14.10 David Freese, 3B, STL
15.3 Tim Hudson, SP, ATL
16.10 Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
17.3 Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX
18.10 Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
19.3 Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY
20.10 Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
21.3 Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL*
2.2 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
3.11 Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX
4.2 Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
5.11 Carlos Santana, C, CLE
6.2 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
7.11 Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR
8.2 Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
9.11 Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
10.2 Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
11.11 Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
12.2 Matt Garza, SP, CHC
13.11 Angel Pagan, OF, SF
14.2 Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
15.11 Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
16.2 Phil Hughes, SP, NYY
17.11 Dexter Fowler, OF, COL
18.2 Tommy Milone, SP, OAK
19.11 Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
20.2 Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
21.11 Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
Igor Mello
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Ryan Braun, OF, MIL*
2.11 Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX*
3.2 Matt Holliday, OF, STL*
4.11 Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
5.2 Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
6.11 Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
7.2 Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
8.11 Yadier Molina, C, STL
9.2 Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
10.11 Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
11.2 Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
12.11 Wade Miley, SP, ARI
13.2 A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT
14.11 Jim Johnson, RP, BAL
15.2 Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
16.11 Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB
17.2 Salvador Perez, C, KC
18.11 Alfonso Soriano, OF, CHC
19.2 Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
20.11 Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
21.2 Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
Bill Passonno
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Evan Longoria, 3B, TB*
2.1 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL*
3.12 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS*
4.1 Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
5.12 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
6.1 Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS
7.12 Austin Jackson, OF, DET
8.1 Mat Latos, SP, CIN
9.12 Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
10.1 Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
11.12 Andre Ethier, OF, LAD
12.1 Ricky Romero, SP, TOR
13.12 Wilin Rosario, C, COL
14.1 Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
15.12 Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
16.1 Brian McCann, C, ATL
17.12 Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE
18.1 Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
19.12 Tommy Hanson, SP, LAA
20.1 Joel Hanrahan, RP, BOS
21.12 Ryan Madson, RP, LAA
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Prince Fielder, 1B, DET*
2.4 CC Sabathia, SP, NYY*
3.9 Hanley Ramirez, 3B, LAD
4.4 Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
5.9 Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
6.4 Alex Gordon, OF, KC
7.9 Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
8.4 Mark Trumbo, OF, LAA
9.9 Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
10.4 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
11.9 Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
12.4 Jason Motte, RP, STL
13.9 Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
14.4 Carlos Beltran, OF, STL
15.9 Mike Fiers, SP, MIL
16.4 Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
17.9 Shaun Marcum, SP, NYM
18.4 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
19.9 Michael Morse, OF, SEA
20.4 Jedd Gyorko, 3B, SD
21.9 Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD*
2.5 Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA*
3.8 Mike Trout, OF, LAA*
4.5 David Wright, 3B, NYM
5.8 Chris Sale, SP, CHW
6.5 Josh Johnson, SP, TOR
7.8 Matt Wieters, C, BAL
8.5 David Ortiz, U, BOS
9.8 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
10.5 Mike Minor, SP, ATL
11.8 Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
12.5 Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL
13.8 Tom Wilhelmsen, RP, SEA
14.5 Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
15.8 Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
16.5 Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
17.8 Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
18.5 Ben Revere, OF, PHI
19.8 Logan Morrison, OF, MIA
20.5 Grant Balfour, RP, OAK
21.8 Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
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1.6 Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
2.7 Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
3.6 Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
4.7 Ben Zobrist, OF, TB
5.6 Adam Jones, OF, BAL
6.7 Billy Butler, 1B, KC
7.6 James Shields, SP, KC
8.7 Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
9.6 Matt Moore, SP, TB
10.7 Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
11.6 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
12.7 Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK
13.6 Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
14.7 Shelby Miller, RP, STL
15.6 Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
16.7 J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
17.6 Wil Myers, OF, TB
18.7 Alex Cobb, SP, TB
19.6 Ryan Doumit, C, MIN
20.7 Domonic Brown, OF, PHI

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Twins' Gibson feels 'a little more comfortable' with curveball
by R.J. White |
(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 |
(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 |
(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 |
(12:17 am ET) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman received strong reviews after playing his first game at first base this spring, according to

"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 |
(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 |
(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 |
(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 |
(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.'"

Blue Jays' Daniel Norris performs well in first start
by Chris Cwik |
(3/5/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris tossed a strong start in his first spring appearance on Thursday.

Norris is competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation, and got off to a nice start. Norris allowed one hit and one walk over 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two during the outing. 

Norris said he was glad to be taking on a strong lineup his first time out, according to the Toronto Sun. "I liked the fact I was facing a good lineup. You have to bring your 'A' game" Norris said. While it wasn't a perfect outing, Norris was pleased with his stuff.

"I struggled a little with it (staying closed) in the first, but was much better in the second inning," said Norris. "Years back in spring training, I can remember my stuff not doing much."

The 21-year-old posted a 5.40 ERA over 6 2/3 innings in the majors last year. 

Pirates' Jeff Locke wants to remain with team if he doesn't start
by Chris Cwik |
(3/5/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke said he prefers to remain with the club even if he loses out on the fifth starter spot, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Locke is stuck in a battle with Vance Worley, but Worley is considered to have a leg up in the competition. Both players are out of options, and would be considered for the bullpen if they lose out on the rotation spot. While a trade is possible, Locke said he would rather remain in Pittsburgh.

"If it comes to them saying, 'Would you rather be a starting pitcher on (another) team or be a (reliever) on the Pirates?' this is where I'd want to be," Locke said. "This is where my loyalty sits. This is the team I want to win with. It's never going to be about anything more than that."

The 27-year-old Locke posted a 3.91 ERA over 131 1/3 innings last year.