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2013 Draft Prep: 10-team, AL-only H2H draft

Senior Fantasy Writer

Even before it was over, our 10-team AL-only Head-to-Head mock draft was outdated.

At some point during the 90 minutes we were feverishly clicking and crossing off names Thursday afternoon, Aaron Hicks hit the third of his three home runs in a Grapefruit League game against the Phillies. As soon as I heard, I grabbed him ... in Round 18.

Good for my team. Bad for our image. We only have ourselves to blame:

1. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
2. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Sergio Gonzalez, Producer/Editor
6. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
8. Adam Aizer, Fantasy Video/Podcast Host
9. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
10. Al Melchior, Data Analyst

The Hicks oversight just goes to show you player values are fluid during spring training. If something happens on the eve of your draft, you have to take it into consideration even if you haven't had a chance to rehearse with it, so to speak, with mock drafts and rank lists.

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True, you wouldn't want to overvalue spring statistics -- which are, by and large, meaningless -- but even when the games don't matter, battles are being fought, adjustments are being made, and injuries are being suffered.

Speaking of injuries, Mark Teixeira's is reflected here. Seeing him fall to the eighth round -- after Nick Swisher, Justin Morneau and Adam Dunn have already gone off the board -- certainly conflicts with our rankings, but it's somewhat understandable in a deeper league, where finding a fill-in for the first month-plus Teixeira will miss with a strained wrist is easier said than done. Still, he probably won't go much later than Round 8 in any format.

Likewise, Curtis Granderson went in the sixth round here. I understand stashing him for 4-6 weeks is a drag, but if you have any faith in your ability to draft a competent fourth outfielder (like Hicks, perhaps), I should think you'd want the Yankees slugger more than, say, Josh Reddick or Clay Buchholz.

We all have a tendency to wait on closers here at, sharing the belief that, at least relative to other positions, you won't benefit much by reaching for the top options. As a result, Hisashi Iwakuma and Alexi Ogando were the first two "relief pitchers" off the board, with the first closer not going until Round 9. But then when Fernando Rodney finally went, every closer but Jose Veras (yuck) and Casey Janssen (huh?) went in the next five rounds.

Chances are the closers will start going earlier in your AL-only draft, but whenever it starts, it doesn't last long. There's only 15 to go around, after all.

As is typical with the AL-only player pool, starting pitching was in short supply in this draft, which explains why pitchers like Buchholz, Jeremy Hellickson and Andy Pettitte started going off the board when hitters like Josh Willingham, Salvador Perez and Michael Morse were still on it. Though I'm generally not in favor of drafting pitchers early, grabbing two in the first five rounds makes sense in this format.

And what about Hicks? I predict that if we redrafted today, he'd go in Round 13. Now that he's three home runs closer to securing the starting center field job, valuing him on about the same level of Leonys Martin sounds about right.

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Peter Madden Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
2 Scott White Mike Trout, OF, LAA
3 Jamey Eisenberg Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
4 Dave Richard Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
5 Sergio Gonzalez Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
6 Nando Di Fino Justin Verlander, SP, DET
7 Igor Mello Prince Fielder, 1B, DET
8 Adam Aizer David Price, SP, TB
9 Chris Towers Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
10 Al Melchior Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
Round 2
Pick Team Player
11 Al Melchior Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
12 Chris Towers Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
13 Adam Aizer Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
14 Igor Mello Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
15 Nando Di Fino Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
16 Sergio Gonzalez CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
17 Dave Richard Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
18 Jamey Eisenberg Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX
19 Scott White Ben Zobrist, OF, TB
20 Peter Madden R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR
Round 3
Pick Team Player
21 Peter Madden James Shields, SP, KC
22 Scott White Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
23 Jamey Eisenberg Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS
24 Dave Richard Carlos Santana, C, CLE
25 Sergio Gonzalez Billy Butler, 1B, KC
26 Nando Di Fino Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
27 Igor Mello Adam Jones, OF, BAL
28 Adam Aizer Max Scherzer, SP, DET
29 Chris Towers Chris Sale, SP, CHW
30 Al Melchior Joe Mauer, C, MIN
Round 4
Pick Team Player
31 Al Melchior Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
32 Chris Towers Matt Wieters, C, BAL
33 Adam Aizer Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
34 Igor Mello Alex Gordon, OF, KC
35 Nando Di Fino Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
36 Sergio Gonzalez Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
37 Dave Richard Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
38 Jamey Eisenberg Josh Johnson, SP, TOR
39 Scott White Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
40 Peter Madden Alex Rios, OF, CHW
Round 5
Pick Team Player
41 Peter Madden Jake Peavy, SP, CHW
42 Scott White Jon Lester, SP, BOS
43 Jamey Eisenberg Mark Trumbo, OF, LAA
44 Dave Richard Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR
45 Sergio Gonzalez C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
46 Nando Di Fino Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
47 Igor Mello Doug Fister, SP, DET
48 Adam Aizer Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
49 Chris Towers Matt Moore, SP, TB
50 Al Melchior Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
Round 6
Pick Team Player
51 Al Melchior Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
52 Chris Towers Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
53 Adam Aizer Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
54 Igor Mello Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
55 Nando Di Fino David Ortiz, U, BOS
56 Sergio Gonzalez Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
57 Dave Richard Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
58 Jamey Eisenberg Victor Martinez, U, DET
59 Scott White Austin Jackson, OF, DET
60 Peter Madden Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
Round 7
Pick Team Player
61 Peter Madden Nick Swisher, OF, CLE
62 Scott White Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
63 Jamey Eisenberg Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB
64 Dave Richard Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
65 Sergio Gonzalez Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN
66 Nando Di Fino Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
67 Igor Mello Salvador Perez, C, KC
68 Adam Aizer Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY
69 Chris Towers Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
70 Al Melchior Brett Anderson, SP, OAK
Round 8
Pick Team Player
71 Al Melchior Alexi Ogando, RP, TEX
72 Chris Towers Michael Morse, OF, SEA
73 Adam Aizer Mike Napoli, C, BOS
74 Igor Mello Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
75 Nando Di Fino A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK
76 Sergio Gonzalez Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY
77 Dave Richard Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
78 Jamey Eisenberg Wil Myers, OF, TB
79 Scott White Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
80 Peter Madden Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
Round 9
Pick Team Player
81 Peter Madden Fernando Rodney, RP, TB
82 Scott White Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
83 Jamey Eisenberg Phil Hughes, SP, NYY
84 Dave Richard J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
85 Sergio Gonzalez Tom Wilhelmsen, RP, SEA
86 Nando Di Fino Tommy Hanson, SP, LAA
87 Igor Mello Ryan Dempster, SP, BOS
88 Adam Aizer Mariano Rivera, RP, NYY
89 Chris Towers Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
90 Al Melchior Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
Round 10
Pick Team Player
91 Al Melchior Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
92 Chris Towers Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
93 Adam Aizer Alex Cobb, SP, TB
94 Igor Mello Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
95 Nando Di Fino Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL
96 Sergio Gonzalez Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
97 Dave Richard Jim Johnson, RP, BAL
98 Jamey Eisenberg Matt Harrison, SP, TEX
99 Scott White Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK
100 Peter Madden Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
Round 11
Pick Team Player
101 Peter Madden Tommy Milone, SP, OAK
102 Scott White Jason Vargas, SP, LAA
103 Jamey Eisenberg Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
104 Dave Richard John Danks, SP, CHW
105 Sergio Gonzalez Jesus Montero, C, SEA
106 Nando Di Fino Chris Davis, OF, BAL
107 Igor Mello Joel Hanrahan, RP, BOS
108 Adam Aizer Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
109 Chris Towers Gavin Floyd, SP, CHW
110 Al Melchior Kyle Lohse, SP, FA
Round 12
Pick Team Player
111 Al Melchior Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY
112 Chris Towers Vance Worley, SP, MIN
113 Adam Aizer Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
114 Igor Mello Dan Straily, SP, OAK
115 Nando Di Fino Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
116 Sergio Gonzalez Mark Buehrle, SP, TOR
117 Dave Richard Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
118 Jamey Eisenberg Greg Holland, RP, KC
119 Scott White Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
120 Peter Madden Grant Balfour, RP, OAK
Round 13
Pick Team Player
121 Peter Madden Howard Kendrick, 2B, LAA
122 Scott White Wade Davis, RP, KC
123 Jamey Eisenberg Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
124 Dave Richard Ernesto Frieri, RP, LAA
125 Sergio Gonzalez Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
126 Nando Di Fino Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
127 Igor Mello Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
128 Adam Aizer Chris Perez, RP, CLE
129 Chris Towers Addison Reed, RP, CHW
130 Al Melchior Ryan Madson, RP, LAA
Round 14
Pick Team Player
131 Al Melchior Jason Hammel, SP, BAL
132 Chris Towers Mark Reynolds, 1B, CLE
133 Adam Aizer Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
134 Igor Mello Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
135 Nando Di Fino Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
136 Sergio Gonzalez Ervin Santana, SP, KC
137 Dave Richard Torii Hunter, OF, DET
138 Jamey Eisenberg Alex Avila, C, DET
139 Scott White Ryan Doumit, C, MIN
140 Peter Madden A.J. Pierzynski, C, TEX
Round 15
Pick Team Player
141 Peter Madden David Murphy, OF, TEX
142 Scott White Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
143 Jamey Eisenberg Bruce Rondon, RP, DET
144 Dave Richard Michael Saunders, OF, SEA
145 Sergio Gonzalez Brett Myers, RP, CLE
146 Nando Di Fino Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE
147 Igor Mello Omar Infante, 2B, DET
148 Adam Aizer Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
149 Chris Towers Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR
150 Al Melchior Tyler Greene, 2B, HOU
Round 16
Pick Team Player
151 Al Melchior Scott Diamond, SP, MIN
152 Chris Towers Jose Veras, RP, HOU
153 Adam Aizer Lucas Harrell, SP, HOU
154 Igor Mello Felix Doubront, SP, BOS
155 Nando Di Fino Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX
156 Sergio Gonzalez Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
157 Dave Richard Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, CLE
158 Jamey Eisenberg Derek Holland, SP, TEX
159 Scott White Casey Janssen, RP, TOR
160 Peter Madden Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL
Round 17
Pick Team Player
161 Peter Madden Ricky Romero, SP, TOR
162 Scott White Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA
163 Jamey Eisenberg Zach Britton, SP, BAL
164 Dave Richard Jeff Keppinger, 3B, CHW
165 Sergio Gonzalez Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
166 Nando Di Fino Chris Parmelee, 1B, MIN
167 Igor Mello Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
168 Adam Aizer Emilio Bonifacio, OF, TOR
169 Chris Towers Bud Norris, SP, HOU
170 Al Melchior Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS, OAK
Round 18
Pick Team Player
171 Al Melchior Sergio Santos, RP, TOR
172 Chris Towers Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW
173 Adam Aizer Jeremy Guthrie, SP, KC
174 Igor Mello Yunel Escobar, SS, TB
175 Nando Di Fino Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL
176 Sergio Gonzalez Jeff Francoeur, OF, KC
177 Dave Richard Jose Quintana, SP, CHW
178 Jamey Eisenberg Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
179 Scott White Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN
180 Peter Madden Ryan Cook, RP, OAK
Round 19
Pick Team Player
181 Peter Madden Jeff Niemann, SP, TB
182 Scott White Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
183 Jamey Eisenberg Jhonny Peralta, SS, DET
184 Dave Richard Chris Carter, 1B, HOU
185 Sergio Gonzalez Matt Joyce, OF, TB
186 Nando Di Fino Drew Stubbs, OF, CLE
187 Igor Mello Joe Blanton, SP, LAA
188 Adam Aizer John Lackey, SP, BOS
189 Chris Towers Dylan Bundy, RP, BAL
190 Al Melchior Bartolo Colon, SP, OAK
Round 20
Pick Team Player
191 Al Melchior Andy Dirks, OF, DET
192 Chris Towers Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA
193 Adam Aizer David Phelps, RP, NYY
194 Igor Mello Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS
195 Nando Di Fino Drew Smyly, SP, DET
196 Sergio Gonzalez Jake Arrieta, SP, BAL
197 Dave Richard J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR
198 Jamey Eisenberg Jordan Lyles, SP, HOU
199 Scott White Chris Archer, SP, TB
200 Peter Madden Joe Saunders, SP, SEA
Round 21
Pick Team Player
201 Peter Madden John Jaso, C, OAK
202 Scott White Danny Hultzen, SP, SEA
203 Jamey Eisenberg Juan Rivera, 1B, NYY
204 Dave Richard Garrett Richards, RP, LAA
205 Sergio Gonzalez Luke Hochevar, SP, KC
206 Nando Di Fino Tyler Flowers, C, CHW
207 Igor Mello David Robertson, RP, NYY
208 Adam Aizer Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK
209 Chris Towers Rick Porcello, SP, DET
210 Al Melchior Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 David Price, SP, TB
2.3 Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
3.8 Max Scherzer, SP, DET
4.3 Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
5.8 Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
6.3 Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
7.8 Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY
8.3 Mike Napoli, C, BOS
9.8 Mariano Rivera, RP, NYY
10.3 Alex Cobb, SP, TB
11.8 Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
12.3 Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
13.8 Chris Perez, RP, CLE
14.3 Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
15.8 Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
16.3 Lucas Harrell, SP, HOU
17.8 Emilio Bonifacio, OF, TOR
18.3 Jeremy Guthrie, SP, KC
19.8 John Lackey, SP, BOS
20.3 David Phelps, RP, NYY
21.8 Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
2.1 Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
3.10 Joe Mauer, C, MIN
4.1 Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
5.10 Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
6.1 Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
7.10 Brett Anderson, SP, OAK
8.1 Alexi Ogando, RP, TEX
9.10 Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
10.1 Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
11.10 SP Unaffiliated Kyle Lohse,
12.1 Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY
13.10 Ryan Madson, RP, LAA
14.1 Jason Hammel, SP, BAL
15.10 Tyler Greene, 2B, HOU
16.1 Scott Diamond, SP, MIN
17.10 Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS, OAK
18.1 Sergio Santos, RP, TOR
19.10 Bartolo Colon, SP, OAK
20.1 Andy Dirks, OF, DET
21.10 Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
2.2 Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
3.9 Chris Sale, SP, CHW
4.2 Matt Wieters, C, BAL
5.9 Matt Moore, SP, TB
6.2 Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
7.9 Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
8.2 Michael Morse, OF, SEA
9.9 Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
10.2 Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
11.9 Gavin Floyd, SP, CHW
12.2 Vance Worley, SP, MIN
13.9 Addison Reed, RP, CHW
14.2 Mark Reynolds, 1B, CLE
15.9 Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR
16.2 Jose Veras, RP, HOU
17.9 Bud Norris, SP, HOU
18.2 Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW
19.9 Dylan Bundy, RP, BAL
20.2 Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA
21.9 Rick Porcello, SP, DET
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
2.7 Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
3.4 Carlos Santana, C, CLE
4.7 Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
5.4 Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR
6.7 Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
7.4 Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
8.7 Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
9.4 J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
10.7 Jim Johnson, RP, BAL
11.4 John Danks, SP, CHW
12.7 Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
13.4 Ernesto Frieri, RP, LAA
14.7 Torii Hunter, OF, DET
15.4 Michael Saunders, OF, SEA
16.7 Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, CLE
17.4 Jeff Keppinger, 3B, CHW
18.7 Jose Quintana, SP, CHW
19.4 Chris Carter, 1B, HOU
20.7 J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR
21.4 Garrett Richards, RP, LAA
Igor Mello
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Prince Fielder, 1B, DET
2.4 Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
3.7 Adam Jones, OF, BAL
4.4 Alex Gordon, OF, KC
5.7 Doug Fister, SP, DET
6.4 Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
7.7 Salvador Perez, C, KC
8.4 Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
9.7 Ryan Dempster, SP, BOS
10.4 Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
11.7 Joel Hanrahan, RP, BOS
12.4 Dan Straily, SP, OAK
13.7 Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
14.4 Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
15.7 Omar Infante, 2B, DET
16.4 Felix Doubront, SP, BOS
17.7 Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
18.4 Yunel Escobar, SS, TB
19.7 Joe Blanton, SP, LAA
20.4 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS
21.7 David Robertson, RP, NYY
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
2.8 Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX
3.3 Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS
4.8 Josh Johnson, SP, TOR
5.3 Mark Trumbo, OF, LAA
6.8 Victor Martinez, U, DET
7.3 Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB
8.8 Wil Myers, OF, TB
9.3 Phil Hughes, SP, NYY
10.8 Matt Harrison, SP, TEX
11.3 Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
12.8 Greg Holland, RP, KC
13.3 Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
14.8 Alex Avila, C, DET
15.3 Bruce Rondon, RP, DET
16.8 Derek Holland, SP, TEX
17.3 Zach Britton, SP, BAL
18.8 Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
19.3 Jhonny Peralta, SS, DET
20.8 Jordan Lyles, SP, HOU
21.3 Juan Rivera, 1B, NYY
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Justin Verlander, SP, DET
2.5 Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
3.6 Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
4.5 Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
5.6 Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
6.5 David Ortiz, U, BOS
7.6 Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
8.5 A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK
9.6 Tommy Hanson, SP, LAA
10.5 Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL
11.6 Chris Davis, OF, BAL
12.5 Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
13.6 Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
14.5 Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
15.6 Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE
16.5 Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX
17.6 Chris Parmelee, 1B, MIN
18.5 Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL
19.6 Drew Stubbs, OF, CLE
20.5 Drew Smyly, SP, DET
21.6 Tyler Flowers, C, CHW
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
2.10 R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR
3.1 James Shields, SP, KC
4.10 Alex Rios, OF, CHW
5.1 Jake Peavy, SP, CHW
6.10 Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
7.1 Nick Swisher, OF, CLE
8.10 Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
9.1 Fernando Rodney, RP, TB
10.10 Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
11.1 Tommy Milone, SP, OAK
12.10 Grant Balfour, RP, OAK
13.1 Howard Kendrick, 2B, LAA
14.10 A.J. Pierzynski, C, TEX
15.1 David Murphy, OF, TEX
16.10 Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL
17.1 Ricky Romero, SP, TOR
18.10 Ryan Cook, RP, OAK
19.1 Jeff Niemann, SP, TB
20.10 Joe Saunders, SP, SEA
21.1 John Jaso, C, OAK
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Mike Trout, OF, LAA
2.9 Ben Zobrist, OF, TB
3.2 Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
4.9 Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
5.2 Jon Lester, SP, BOS
6.9 Austin Jackson, OF, DET
7.2 Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
8.9 Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
9.2 Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
10.9 Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK
11.2 Jason Vargas, SP, LAA
12.9 Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
13.2 Wade Davis, RP, KC
14.9 Ryan Doumit, C, MIN
15.2 Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
16.9 Casey Janssen, RP, TOR
17.2 Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA
18.9 Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN
19.2 Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
20.9 Chris Archer, SP, TB
21.2 Danny Hultzen, SP, SEA
Sergio Gonzalez
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
2.6 CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
3.5 Billy Butler, 1B, KC
4.6 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
5.5 C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
6.6 Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
7.5 Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN
8.6 Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY
9.5 Tom Wilhelmsen, RP, SEA
10.6 Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
11.5 Jesus Montero, C, SEA
12.6 Mark Buehrle, SP, TOR
13.5 Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
14.6 Ervin Santana, SP, KC
15.5 Brett Myers, RP, CLE
16.6 Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
17.5 Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
18.6 Jeff Francoeur, OF, KC
19.5 Matt Joyce, OF, TB
20.6 Jake Arrieta, SP, BAL
21.5 Luke Hochevar, SP, KC

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by Chris Cwik |
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"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."

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by Chris Cwik |
(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. 

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(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.'"