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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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Royals yet to decide Brandon Finnegan's role
by R.J. White |
(6:04 pm ET) The Royals have yet to decide whether to use Brandon Finnegan as a reliever with the major-league team or continue his development as a starter in the minors, reports.

"It's not a decision we have to make right now," general manager Dayton Moore said. "We'll just have to see how it all plays out."

Finnegan gave up just one earned run in seven innings as a reliever last season while striking out 10, and the team could choose to keep him in the bullpen in order to make another World Series push.

"We [have] a chance to compete," manager Ned Yost said, "and you want to take your best players when you have a chance to compete."

Giants' Ryan Vogelsong happy after first spring outing
by Chris Cwik |
(6:01 pm ET) Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was satisfied after his first outing of the spring, according to

"All of my pitches are close to being where I want them already, so from that standpoint it was good," Vogelsong said. "Just [need to] work on the mental side a little bit."

Vogelsong had an iffy start. He was able to get through the first inning quickly, but allowed four runs in the second. Vogelsong explained that he lost his focus during the inning. "I just lost my focus a little bit, just got in the stretch and started rushing a little bit, just never slowed myself down."

The 37-year-old posted a 4.00 ERA over 184 2/3 innings last season. He's expected to open the year in the Giants bullpen. 

Braves P Eric Stults impresses in Grapefruit League win against Tigers
by Jason Butt |
(5:59 pm ET) Braves pitcher Eric Stults logged two scoreless innings during Thursday's 6-4 Grapefruit League win over the Tigers.

Stults gave up two hits but also got two Tigers players to hit into double plays. 

“The first time out in spring you don’t know what to expect,” Stults said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “so my mindset is, I want to stay down in the zone and make them put the ball on the ground. For the most part, I was able to do that. Guys made some plays behind me to turn two, so that was nice.”

Stults, 35, is competing with Wandy Rodriguez for the fifth spot in the Braves' pitching rotation. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was pleased with what he saw in Stults Thursday. 

“You can never have too much pitching, like we know from the past," Gonzalez said. "And all of a sudden we get bad news, or possibility of bad news with Mikey, and you feel good that you have some depth in the rotation.”

Angels' Mike Trout to be more aggressive early in count
by R.J. White |
(5:56 pm ET) Angels outfielder Mike Trout said Thursday that he plans to be more aggressive early in the count this spring, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"Gonna be locked and loaded on the first pitch," Trout said.

Trout made contact on the first pitch 24 times last season, hitting six singles and a double and posting a .292/.286/.333 line. He hit .287/.377/.561 in 602 at-bats overall in 2014.

Astros' Mark Appel goes two innings in spring debut
by Chris Cwik |
(5:54 pm ET) Astros pitcher Mark Appel tossed two innings in his spring debut on Thursday.

Appel allowed one run on three hits during the outing. He struck out two batters. The 23-year-old is expected to begin the season in the minors, but is considered one of the team's top prospects. The former top overall pick experienced some struggles last season, posting a 6.91 ERA over two minor-league levels. 

Appel made it clear that every inning counts this spring. "It's two innings in spring training, so I'm going to need innings if I want to show why I deserve to be here and hopefully have a shot at being in Houston at some point this season," he said. 

Indians SP Carlos Carrasco throws in 'B' game Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(5:54 pm ET) Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco threw two innings in a "B" game against the Reds on Thursday morning. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway was pleased with what he saw from the right-handed pitcher.

"He had a good tempo. He wasn't overdoing it," Callaway said, per "The thing that worried me coming into spring was we talked about intent and letting it go and pitching like you're out of the 'pen. Well, we don't want him doing that right now. We don't want him averaging 97 yet. He did a really good job of controlling his effort level."

Phils' Sandberg on Gonzalez's spring debut: Best I've seen him throw
by Michael Hurcomb |
(5:47 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez didn't make a strong impression Thursday against the Astros in his first attempt to win a spot in the team's rotation. However, manager Ryne Sandberg wasn't just focused on the results of Gonzalez's spring debut.

“The best stuff I’ve seen since he’s come over here [from Cuba],” Sandberg said, per The Journal News. “It looks like he’s healthy. Looks like he has some zip on his fastball. That can get better as he goes here. Compared to last year, night and day.”

The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits in two relief innings. He entered the game after Cliff Lee threw two scoreless innings. Gonzalez struck out one and gave up a home run.

“It doesn’t matter about the line,” Gonzalez said through a translator. “My plan that I had all along was to show my work ethic today. I don’t look at the numbers.”

MLBPA on Josh Hamilton leaks: 'Cowardly'
by R.J. White |
(5:43 pm ET) The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement about leaked information regarding Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, reports.

"It is regrettable that people who want to see Josh Hamilton hurt personally and professionally have started leaking information about the status of his treatment program and the confidential processes under our Joint Drug Agreement," the statement read. "These anonymous leaks are cowardly, undermine the integrity of our collectively bargained agreements and in some instances have been wholly inaccurate. The Major League Baseball Players Association will use every right we have under the collective bargaining agreement to make sure Josh gets the help he needs, and the fair and confidential process to which he is entitled."

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that an arbitrator would be needed to break the league's split on whether Hamilton should enter a rehab program for substance abuse. It was reported early Thursday that the decision on whether the league will suspend the outfielder could come as early as next week.

Giants' Hunter Pence exits after HBP
by Chris Cwik |
(5:43 pm ET) Giants outfielder Hunter Pence left Thursday's game after being hit in the hand with a pitch, according to CSN.

Pence walked down to first base, but a team trainer took him out of the game. The team will send Pence for X-rays on his hand. It's unclear how much time he'll miss, if any, due to the issue.

The 31-year-old hit .277/.332/.445 over 650 at-bats last season. 

Phillies' Sandberg: Elvis Araujo 'impressive' in two spring outings
by R.J. White |
(5:35 pm ET) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Thursday that pitcher Elvis Araujo has impressed in his two outings this spring, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"He was a bright spot today once again," Sandberg said after Araujo pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning Thursday. "He just has that angle coming in with his height and he seems to pitch down in the zone. But that ball has a real nice angle to it, so he's been impressive the two times we've seen him."

Araujo made his spring debut in Sunday's exhibition loss to the University of Tampa, striking out the side in his one inning of action. He went 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA and 50:28 K:BB ratio in 50 innings with high Class A Carolina and Double-A Akron.