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2013 Draft Prep: Standard Rotisserie auction


Are you one of those owners who likes to spend freely on top-shelf talent? Then you would have fit right in with the 12 owners who took part in our recent mixed league Rotisserie auction.

The early nominations tend to set the tone for the rest of the auction, and that was certainly the case here. After the proceedings were kicked off with a $10 winning bid on Nationals' closer Rafael Soriano, the bidding got serious with four of the next five nominees (Miguel Cabrera, $45; Mike Trout, $44; Robinson Cano, $47; Ryan Braun, $45) netting more than $40. The aggressive bidding continued, as eight of the next 17 nominations drew winning bids of at least $30, and several others wound up in the upper 20s.

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With so much money spent early on, there were plenty of bargains to be found throughout much of the auction. While Craig Kimbrel required a $25 bid with the 16th nomination, no other projected closer went for more than $12. Similarly, potential aces like Matt Cain, Jered Weaver and R.A. Dickey went for $20 or less. Dustin Pedroia ($27), Ian Kinsler ($26), Evan Longoria ($26) and David Wright ($24) may not have technically been bargains, but they all cost far less than Cano or Cabrera. Judging by average draft position, Cano and Cabrera are the consensus top players at their respective positions, but given the gap between their prices and those of the other top second base and third base options, it might have made sense to refrain from heated bidding in the early going.

Then again, auctions can be unpredictable. While bidding on midrange first basemen typically topped out in the lower-to-mid teens, Billy Butler ($24) cost substantially more, even though Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo and Mark Teixeira were still on the board. When Rizzo went for $18, the impact of position scarcity appeared to be kicking in, but then Freeman was available for $13 just eight nominations later. Bidding on Joe Mauer also defied the general pattern, as he cost only $18 despite the healthy bidding that was taking place in the early going. And Josh Beckett for $22? That was the artifact of a motivated owner who was flush with funds after spending modestly early on.

Here's the roster of our mostly spend-happy bidders.

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

And here's how the bids unfolded in descending order of value. If you want to see them ranked by winning owner or bid amount, you can resort them and relive the auction however you choose.

2013 Mixed Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
53Joey Votto, CIN1B$35Adam Aizer
37Edwin Encarnacion, TOR1B$26Adam Aizer
120Ryan Howard, PHI1B$9Adam Moore
336Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$0Adam Moore
79Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$11Al Melchior
148Brandon Moss, OAK1B$1Al Melchior
321Chris Carter, HOU1B$0Al Melchior
328Chris Parmelee, MIN1B$0Al Melchior
98Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$13Bill Passonno
188Kendrys Morales, SEA1B$4Bill Passonno
264Brandon Belt, SF1B$1Bill Passonno
54Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Chris Towers
108Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$13Chris Towers
27Allen Craig, STL1B$21Ed Gauna
269Mitch Moreland, TEX1B$1Ed Gauna
290Mike Olt, TEX1B$0Ed Gauna
311Mark Reynolds, CLE1B$0Ed Gauna
100Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$18Igor Mello
249Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$4Igor Mello
35Prince Fielder, DET1B$29Jeff Tobin
106Eric Hosmer, KC1B$7Jeff Tobin
121Matt Carpenter, STL1B$2Jeff Tobin
234Justin Morneau, MIN1B$9Michael Hurcomb
263Michael Young, PHI1B$1Michael Hurcomb
282Adam Dunn, CHW1B$0Michael Hurcomb
306Yonder Alonso, SD1B$0Michael Hurcomb
18Albert Pujols, LAA1B$37Peter Madden
118Ike Davis, NYM1B$8Peter Madden
132Paul Konerko, CHW1B$6Peter Madden
73Billy Butler, KC1B$24Scott White
175Corey Hart, MIL1B$3Scott White
300Lance Berkman, TEX1B$0Scott White
325Adam Lind, TOR1B$0Scott White
25Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$26Adam Aizer
162Neil Walker, PIT2B$3Adam Aizer
156Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$1Adam Moore
44Jose Altuve, HOU2B$17Al Melchior
154Marco Scutaro, SF2B$5Al Melchior
235Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$1Bill Passonno
256Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$1Bill Passonno
90Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$11Chris Towers
96Aaron Hill, ARI2B$12Ed Gauna
91Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$14Igor Mello
299Jurickson Profar, TEX2B$0Igor Mello
326Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$0Igor Mello
48Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$27Jeff Tobin
187Dan Uggla, ATL2B$7Michael Hurcomb
89Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$13Nando DiFino
329Tyler Greene, HOU2B$0Nando DiFino
182Chase Utley, PHI2B$8Peter Madden
242Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$4Peter Madden
315Kelly Johnson, TB2B$0Peter Madden
5Robinson Cano, NYY2B$47Scott White
62Kevin Youkilis, NYY3B$5Adam Aizer
119Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$3Adam Aizer
340Jeff Keppinger, CHW3B$0Adam Aizer
4Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$27Adam Moore
2Miguel Cabrera, DET3B$45Al Melchior
131Kyle Seager, SEA3B$4Al Melchior
345Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Al Melchior
67Evan Longoria, TB3B$26Bill Passonno
283Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$0Bill Passonno
134Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$11Chris Towers
60David Wright, NYM3B$24Ed Gauna
314Trevor Plouffe, MIN3B$0Ed Gauna
170David Freese, STL3B$7Igor Mello
158Manny Machado, BAL3B$4Igor Mello
68Will Middlebrooks, BOS3B$11Jeff Tobin
332Josh Donaldson, OAK3B$0Jeff Tobin
31Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$27Michael Hurcomb
137Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$26Michael Hurcomb
115Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$12Michael Hurcomb
185Mike Moustakas, KC3B$7Nando DiFino
173Todd Frazier, CIN3B$5Nando DiFino
209Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$3Nando DiFino
353Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$0Nando DiFino
49Chase Headley, SD3B$25Scott White
47Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$14Scott White
230Alex Avila, DETC$8Adam Aizer
247Chris Iannetta, LAAC$1Adam Aizer
24Buster Posey, SFC$28Adam Moore
42Carlos Santana, CLEC$20Adam Moore
75Yadier Molina, STLC$16Adam Moore
113Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$7Al Melchior
128Ryan Doumit, MINC$7Al Melchior
135Jesus Montero, SEAC$7Bill Passonno
229Russell Martin, PITC$4Bill Passonno
307Rob Brantly, MIAC$0Bill Passonno
33Joe Mauer, MINC$18Chris Towers
147Brian McCann, ATLC$6Chris Towers
52Salvador Perez, KCC$14Ed Gauna
76Wilin Rosario, COLC$13Ed Gauna
335A.J. Ellis, LADC$0Ed Gauna
72Matt Wieters, BALC$16Igor Mello
240Yasmani Grandal, SDC$2Igor Mello
97Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$4Jeff Tobin
206Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$4Jeff Tobin
165Miguel Montero, ARIC$8Michael Hurcomb
218J.P. Arencibia, TORC$6Michael Hurcomb
181Tyler Flowers, CHWC$2Nando DiFino
254Welington Castillo, CHCC$1Nando DiFino
43Mike Napoli, BOSC$19Peter Madden
205A.J. Pierzynski, TEXC$4Peter Madden
334Kurt Suzuki, WASC$0Peter Madden
261Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$2Scott White
251John Jaso, OAKC$1Scott White
28David Ortiz, BOSDH$14Al Melchior
355Travis Hafner, NYYDH$0Bill Passonno
99Victor Martinez, DETDH$7Ed Gauna
22Matt Kemp, LADOF$38Adam Aizer
65Adam Jones, BALOF$23Adam Aizer
102Michael Bourn, CLEOF$12Adam Aizer
129Brett Gardner, NYYOF$6Adam Aizer
213Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$3Adam Aizer
316David Murphy, TEXOF$0Adam Aizer
357Drew Stubbs, CLEOF$0Adam Aizer
51Josh Willingham, MINOF$10Adam Moore
239Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$5Adam Moore
19Cameron Maybin, SDOF$3Adam Moore
228Nick Swisher, CLEOF$1Adam Moore
260Denard Span, WASOF$1Adam Moore
267Colby Rasmus, TOROF$1Adam Moore
288Jason Kubel, ARIOF$0Adam Moore
289Carlos Quentin, SDOF$0Adam Moore
312Matt Joyce, TBOF$0Adam Moore
313Michael Brantley, CLEOF$0Adam Moore
70Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$32Al Melchior
163Shane Victorino, BOSOF$7Al Melchior
196Emilio Bonifacio, TOROF$1Al Melchior
220Michael Morse, SEAOF$1Al Melchior
297Aaron Hicks, MINOF$0Al Melchior
304Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$0Al Melchior
64Justin Upton, ATLOF$27Bill Passonno
58Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$22Bill Passonno
210Austin Jackson, DETOF$13Bill Passonno
186Carl Crawford, LADOF$4Bill Passonno
231Ben Revere, PHIOF$2Bill Passonno
318Lucas Duda, NYMOF$0Bill Passonno
11Bryce Harper, WASOF$27Chris Towers
66Jason Heyward, ATLOF$25Chris Towers
255Hunter Pence, SFOF$8Chris Towers
203Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$3Chris Towers
250Logan Morrison, MIAOF$2Chris Towers
219Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$1Chris Towers
279Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$0Chris Towers
298Juan Pierre, MIAOF$0Chris Towers
322Cody Ross, ARIOF$0Chris Towers
327Travis Snider, PITOF$0Chris Towers
83Nick Markakis, BALOF$7Ed Gauna
136Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$5Ed Gauna
107Michael Saunders, SEAOF$3Ed Gauna
259Jayson Werth, WASOF$3Ed Gauna
179Torii Hunter, DETOF$2Ed Gauna
338Delmon Young, PHIOF$0Ed Gauna
359Justin Maxwell, HOUOF$0Ed Gauna
23Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$37Igor Mello
13Jose Bautista, TOROF$30Igor Mello
15Melky Cabrera, TOROF$16Igor Mello
215Dexter Fowler, COLOF$4Igor Mello
227Carlos Beltran, STLOF$3Igor Mello
278Leonys Martin, TEXOF$0Igor Mello
347Raul Ibanez, SEAOF$0Igor Mello
350Vernon Wells, LAAOF$0Igor Mello
6Ryan Braun, MILOF$45Jeff Tobin
20Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$29Jeff Tobin
164Norichika Aoki, MILOF$5Jeff Tobin
190Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$4Jeff Tobin
172Jon Jay, STLOF$3Jeff Tobin
284Coco Crisp, OAKOF$0Jeff Tobin
341Oscar Taveras, STLOF$0Jeff Tobin
111Matt Holliday, STLOF$17Michael Hurcomb
141Alex Rios, CHWOF$14Michael Hurcomb
95Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$12Michael Hurcomb
271Domonic Brown, PHIOF$1Michael Hurcomb
273Starling Marte, PITOF$1Michael Hurcomb
319Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$0Michael Hurcomb
330Darin Ruf, PHIOF$0Michael Hurcomb
40Jay Bruce, CINOF$26Nando DiFino
112Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$18Nando DiFino
142B.J. Upton, ATLOF$16Nando DiFino
140Mark Trumbo, LAAOF$14Nando DiFino
101Adam Eaton, ARIOF$7Nando DiFino
184Chris Davis, BALOF$4Nando DiFino
281Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$0Nando DiFino
305Tyler Colvin, COLOF$0Nando DiFino
8Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$36Peter Madden
34Josh Hamilton, LAAOF$26Peter Madden
166Desmond Jennings, TBOF$13Peter Madden
160Martin Prado, ARIOF$8Peter Madden
178Ichiro Suzuki, NYYOF$4Peter Madden
202Josh Reddick, OAKOF$4Peter Madden
310Rajai Davis, TOROF$0Peter Madden
339Darin Mastroianni, MINOF$0Peter Madden
358Will Venable, SDOF$0Peter Madden
3Mike Trout, LAAOF$44Scott White
61Ben Zobrist, TBOF$23Scott White
93Alex Gordon, KCOF$12Scott White
80Carlos Gomez, MILOF$8Scott White
143Wil Myers, TBOF$5Scott White
191Andre Ethier, LADOF$4Scott White
277Angel Pagan, SFOF$0Scott White
124Yu Darvish, TEXP$18Adam Aizer
50Johnny Cueto, CINP$17Adam Aizer
139Jason Motte, STLP$11Adam Aizer
155Mariano Rivera, NYYP$10Adam Aizer
200Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$6Adam Aizer
157Ryan Madson, LAAP$3Adam Aizer
258Casey Janssen, TORP$2Adam Aizer
45Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$1Adam Aizer
69James McDonald, PITP$1Adam Aizer
285Matt Harrison, TEXP$0Adam Aizer
292Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$0Adam Aizer
309Chris Tillman, BALP$0Adam Aizer
333Edwin Jackson, CHCP$0Adam Aizer
7CC Sabathia, NYYP$25Adam Moore
77Matt Cain, SFP$20Adam Moore
168Joe Nathan, TEXP$12Adam Moore
167Tom Wilhelmsen, SEAP$9Adam Moore
243Shaun Marcum, NYMP$4Adam Moore
192Ryan Dempster, BOSP$3Adam Moore
272Wade Miley, ARIP$2Adam Moore
274Andy Pettitte, NYYP$2Adam Moore
270Phil Hughes, NYYP$1Adam Moore
337Mark Buehrle, TORP$0Adam Moore
360Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$0Adam Moore
21David Price, TBP$29Al Melchior
16Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Al Melchior
114James Shields, KCP$14Al Melchior
180Brandon Morrow, TORP$9Al Melchior
232Jason Grilli, PITP$5Al Melchior
57Mike Fiers, MILP$3Al Melchior
85Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$2Al Melchior
177Jaime Garcia, STLP$2Al Melchior
262Colby Lewis, TEXP$1Al Melchior
280Vance Worley, MINP$0Al Melchior
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$28Bill Passonno
94Madison Bumgarner, SFP$21Bill Passonno
78Jered Weaver, LAAP$18Bill Passonno
246Brett Anderson, OAKP$11Bill Passonno
38Matt Harvey, NYMP$10Bill Passonno
126Dan Haren, WASP$9Bill Passonno
117Andrew Cashner, SDP$3Bill Passonno
248Clay Buchholz, BOSP$3Bill Passonno
257Trevor Cahill, ARIP$2Bill Passonno
294Trevor Bauer, CLEP$0Bill Passonno
331Rick Porcello, DETP$0Bill Passonno
9Clayton Kershaw, LADP$36Chris Towers
152Matt Moore, TBP$14Chris Towers
174Jake Peavy, CHWP$9Chris Towers
189Tim Lincecum, SFP$9Chris Towers
84Steve Cishek, MIAP$8Chris Towers
183Jonathon Niese, NYMP$5Chris Towers
207A.J. Burnett, PITP$4Chris Towers
236Alexi Ogando, TEXP$4Chris Towers
87Kyle Lohse, STLP$1Chris Towers
303Dillon Gee, NYMP$0Chris Towers
346Felix Doubront, BOSP$0Chris Towers
351Justin Masterson, CLEP$0Chris Towers
12Justin Verlander, DETP$36Ed Gauna
14Zack Greinke, LADP$23Ed Gauna
74Chris Sale, CHWP$18Ed Gauna
29Glen Perkins, MINP$8Ed Gauna
151Ian Kennedy, ARIP$8Ed Gauna
216Chad Billingsley, LADP$4Ed Gauna
199Matt Garza, CHCP$2Ed Gauna
253Homer Bailey, CINP$2Ed Gauna
266Jose Veras, HOUP$1Ed Gauna
287Bruce Rondon, DETP$0Ed Gauna
82Felix Hernandez, SEAP$31Igor Mello
39Kris Medlen, ATLP$15Igor Mello
159Josh Johnson, TORP$12Igor Mello
122C.J. Wilson, LAAP$10Igor Mello
198Fernando Rodney, TBP$8Igor Mello
204Sergio Romo, SFP$7Igor Mello
81Shelby Miller, STLP$4Igor Mello
225Alex Cobb, TBP$4Igor Mello
241Addison Reed, CHWP$4Igor Mello
302Jason Hammel, BALP$0Igor Mello
55Adam Wainwright, STLP$18Jeff Tobin
59Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$15Jeff Tobin
1Rafael Soriano, WASP$10Jeff Tobin
195Anibal Sanchez, DETP$7Jeff Tobin
224Grant Balfour, OAKP$7Jeff Tobin
222Joel Hanrahan, BOSP$6Jeff Tobin
153Jarrod Parker, OAKP$5Jeff Tobin
169Tim Hudson, ATLP$3Jeff Tobin
217Johan Santana, NYMP$3Jeff Tobin
293Hisashi Iwakuma, SEAP$0Jeff Tobin
308Dylan Bundy, BALP$0Jeff Tobin
317Jason Vargas, LAAP$0Jeff Tobin
356Ervin Santana, KCP$0Jeff Tobin
26Cole Hamels, PHIP$24Michael Hurcomb
127Yovani Gallardo, MILP$14Michael Hurcomb
130Aroldis Chapman, CINP$14Michael Hurcomb
171Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$14Michael Hurcomb
208J.J. Putz, ARIP$8Michael Hurcomb
212Greg Holland, KCP$8Michael Hurcomb
138Kenley Jansen, LADP$3Michael Hurcomb
275David Phelps, NYYP$1Michael Hurcomb
276Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1Michael Hurcomb
295Bobby Parnell, NYMP$0Michael Hurcomb
343Sergio Santos, TORP$0Michael Hurcomb
354Gerrit Cole, PITP$0Michael Hurcomb
244Josh Beckett, LADP$22Nando DiFino
56Max Scherzer, DETP$19Nando DiFino
150Mat Latos, CINP$16Nando DiFino
149Roy Halladay, PHIP$13Nando DiFino
161Jon Lester, BOSP$13Nando DiFino
221John Axford, MILP$9Nando DiFino
176Huston Street, SDP$7Nando DiFino
41Jonathan Broxton, CINP$6Nando DiFino
109Ricky Romero, TORP$2Nando DiFino
296Tommy Hanson, LAAP$0Nando DiFino
320Drew Smyly, DETP$0Nando DiFino
344Dan Straily, OAKP$0Nando DiFino
30Cliff Lee, PHIP$22Peter Madden
123Gio Gonzalez, WASP$16Peter Madden
105Lance Lynn, STLP$10Peter Madden
125Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$10Peter Madden
103Jim Johnson, BALP$7Peter Madden
116Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$7Peter Madden
226A.J. Griffin, OAKP$5Peter Madden
145Ernesto Frieri, LAAP$2Peter Madden
265Brandon League, LADP$1Peter Madden
291Wei-Yin Chen, BALP$0Peter Madden
71R.A. Dickey, TORP$17Scott White
92Mike Minor, ATLP$10Scott White
223Doug Fister, DETP$5Scott White
201Marco Estrada, MILP$3Scott White
233Rafael Betancourt, COLP$3Scott White
238Carlos Marmol, CHCP$3Scott White
245Chris Perez, CLEP$3Scott White
133Julio Teheran, ATLP$1Scott White
193Tommy Milone, OAKP$1Scott White
301Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$0Scott White
324Erasmo Ramirez, SEAP$0Scott White
348Brandon Beachy, ATLP$0Scott White
349Vinnie Pestano, CLEP$0Scott White
211Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$2Adam Aizer
17Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$35Adam Moore
214Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$10Adam Moore
32Ian Desmond, WASSS$18Al Melchior
352Zack Cozart, CINSS$0Al Melchior
194Alcides Escobar, KCSS$4Bill Passonno
342Yunel Escobar, TBSS$0Bill Passonno
86Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$12Chris Towers
252Stephen Drew, BOSSS$1Chris Towers
36Starlin Castro, CHCSS$23Ed Gauna
88Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$14Ed Gauna
197Josh Rutledge, COLSS$9Igor Mello
146Billy Hamilton, CINSS$1Igor Mello
323Hiroyuki Nakajima, OAKSS$0Igor Mello
110J.J. Hardy, BALSS$7Jeff Tobin
104Everth Cabrera, SDSS$4Jeff Tobin
268Jed Lowrie, OAKSS$1Michael Hurcomb
46Jose Reyes, TORSS$29Nando DiFino
63Derek Jeter, NYYSS$7Nando DiFino
144Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$3Peter Madden
286Jean Segura, MILSS$0Peter Madden
237Erick Aybar, LAASS$2Scott White

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“I’ve talked with Joe Espada,” Headley said of the Yankees’ new infield coach. “And Didi and Stephen — I just want a routine, easy ground ball.”

Headley, who won a National League Gold Glove in 2012, has been using his practice time to stay sharp.

“Sometimes you’ll do a drill where the coach will flip the ball so you’re reading the swing and it’s a little bit more gamelike,” Headley said. “But there’s really no substitute for getting ground balls, and unfortunately that’s out of your control in spring training, so you do the best you can with it. The good thing is I’ve done it for a long time, so I’ll be fine.”

Rangers' Nick Martinez tosses six scoreless innings Thursday
by R.J. White |
(3/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez allowed just five hits and one walk in six scoreless innings while striking out four in Thursday's spring start against the Rockies.

Martinez is battling for the final spot in the team's rotation and did a good job making his case Thursday, limiting the Rockies to just one extra-base hit. He allowed a run in his spring debut but has delivered 8 2/3 scoreless innings in his last two appearances to lower his spring ERA to 0.84.

Rockies' Christian Friedrich impressing with slider
by R.J. White |
(3/26/2015) Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich has hit his stride with his slider as he continues to build upon a strong performance from last season after being moved to the bullpen, reports.

"I saw a real good slider, the slider we saw last September -- the one that disappears, especially to left-handed hitters," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's in a good place. Maybe the velocity is not quite what it was when we saw him in September. It's ticking up. But the slider is a swing-and-miss pitch."

Friedrich has surrendered just one earned run in six innings while striking out two batters and walking two.

"The hard thing that every pitcher does when they feel they've got the stuff is, they want to show everybody they've got the stuff," Friedrich said. "I've had games where I was teetering on the edge of, 'I feel really good tonight; let's see what comes out,' then there's a lack of execution. As a starter, some days the two-seamer was 87, 88 [mph]. Now it's coming out harder, 90 [or] 91."

Diamondbacks' Peter O'Brien seeing time in outfield
by R.J. White |
(3/26/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Peter O'Brien spent his second consecutive day in the outfield during a minor-league game Thursday, and he hasn't been behind the plate since developing throwing problems earlier in March, the Arizona Republic reports.

"I think he's going to play some outfield (once the minor league season starts) and catching isn't out of the question, but we're still talking internally to figure out what's best for him," farm director Mike Bell said.

While the team has been reluctant to publicly acknowledge O'Brien's catching issues, he's unlikely to be the long-term answer behind the plate, as general manager Dave O'Brien reportedly indicated in January. The Diamondbacks figure to roll with Tuffy Gosewisch as the team's primary catcher unless an addition is made.