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2013 Draft Prep: Keeper H2H Mock Draft

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You asked, and we delivered

Actually, you didn't specifically ask for a keeper mock draft; you hammered us on Twitter, email, and even in person with specific keeper queries:

Here are 12 players. Which five should I keep?

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 CBSSports.com, 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).

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 in the first round in some early mocks.

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Johnson, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a hand injury, may even be able to join the team earlier in the week if all goes well in Gwinnett on Monday. Johnson has been out since April 30 with the injury and is hitting .279 with five RBI in 43 at-bats on the season.


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by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5:49 pm ET) Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill, who was scratched from Sunday's lineup after injuring his hand during batting practice, is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Padres. 

X-rays were negative on Cowgill's hand, but Matt Joyce will play left for Los Angeles and hit sixth in the lineup. Carlos Perez draws the start behind the plate for the Angels and will hit seventh. 

The Angels (-140) are big favorites per VegasInsider.com. 


Royals LHP Brandon Finnegan banished to Omaha
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
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Finnegan certainly distinguished himself in-between, however. He threw three shutout innings in the rout.


Giants' Brandon Crawford adding power to deep lineup
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:45 pm ET) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has provided the spark San Francisco needs in the lineup so far this season. Crawford's power numbers haven't been much different from his other seasons, manager Bruce Bochy said per MLB.com.

"When you look at a guy having success, that's usually the case," Bochy said. "You look at his history, he's always got out to a nice start."

Crawford has a a career high .382/.382/.514 slash line to begin the season and came into Monday's game 10 for his last 14 at the plate.

"That's why he was off yesterday, to give him some more rest so he stays strong," Bochy said before Monday's game.


Brewers place Wily Peralta on DL; Recall David Goforth from Triple-A
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(5:45 pm ET) A strained left oblique landed Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta on the 15-day disabled list Monday, the team announced.

Peralta left Friday's start with tightness in the left side of his body, but he was hoping to avoid a disabled list stint. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Peralta will be sidelined for four weeks. The team has not decided who will take Peralta's spot in the rotation. 

The team will recall pitcher Daivd Goforth from its Triple-A affiliate.


Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko benched for Monday game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
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Gyorko has been struggling for the second straight year. His latest hitless slide is 10 at-bats as his slash line has been weakened to .202/.275/.323.


Orioles SP Dylan Bundy (shoulder) scratched from start
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5:36 pm ET) Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy , who was scheduled to make a start at Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, was scratched Monday with shoulder tightness, per MASNSports. 

Bundy, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2013, will see a doctor Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury, which could be shoulder tendinitis. 

Bundy hasn't worked more than three innings in any of his 8 minor league starts, where he is 0-3 with a 3.68 ERA. 


Royals' Alex Rios goes 0 for 5 in Triple-A rehab game Monday
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Rios is working his way back from a fractured left hand. He was 9 for 28 with one home run, eight RBI and two stolen bases in seven games before suffering the injury.


 
 
 
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