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2013 Draft Prep: 10-team, H2H NL-only mock draft

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League-specific drafts have their own flavor, and our recent 10-team NL-only Head-to-Head mock was no exception. In typical CBSSports.com mixed leagues, Joey Votto has been the fourth National League player off the board, but in our NL-only mock, Votto went in the second overall spot, just after Ryan Braun. First base is generally not a scarce position, but in the NL, there aren't many safe options once Votto is gone.

Scarcity impacted other positions as well. The four most-popular second basemen all play in the American League, but the NL is home to several second-tier types. Owners felt they could afford to wait on the position until Rickie Weeks was taken in the fifth round. Higher-end third basemen are more plentify in the NL, but with Chase Headley (thumb, out four to six weeks) and David Wright (intercostal strain) banged up, did owners get antsy to pursue someone for the hot corner? Wright was actually taken with the 18th pick overall, though 3B-eligible Hanley Ramirez went three spots earlier. (This draft was held just before it was reported that Ramirez's thumb injury could keep him out for up to eight weeks.) Apparently, Headley's injury was not too much of a deterrent, as he was drafted with the last pick in the third round.

It's difficult to predict in any league when owners are ready to start drafting closers, and in this mock, there was little urgency to strive for saves. As is usually the case, Craig Kimbrel was the first projected closer to get drafted, but he wasn't taken until Round 6. Aroldis Chapman went later in the same round, even though he has yet to be appointed as the Reds' closer. In most NL-only drafts, owners can probably expect both relief-eligible pitchers to get snagged earlier, especially if Chapman's closer status is cemented. This draft was completed before the announcement that Chapman was back to being the team's closer.

Here are the owners who set out the master the intracacies of the senior circuit.

1. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Sports
3. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
4. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
6. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
7. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
9. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
10. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer

And the Fantasy squads that they produced are listed below for your perusal, as well as the round-by-round breakdown of how the draft developed.

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Di Fino Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
2 Madden Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
3 Towers Matt Kemp, CF, LAD
4 Richard Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
5 Tobin Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
6 Mello Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
7 White Buster Posey, C, SF
8 Melchior Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
9 Moore Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
10 Gauna Matt Cain, SP, SF
Round 2
Pick Team Player
11 Gauna Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
12 Moore Yadier Molina, C, STL
13 Melchior Justin Upton, RF, ATL
14 White Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
15 Mello Hanley Ramirez, 3B, LAD
16 Tobin Bryce Harper, RF, WAS
17 Richard Jay Bruce, RF, CIN
18 Towers David Wright, 3B, NYM
19 Madden Matt Holliday, LF, STL
20 Di Fino Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
Round 3
Pick Team Player
21 Di Fino Jason Heyward, RF, ATL
22 Madden Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
23 Towers Allen Craig, 1B, STL
24 Richard Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
25 Tobin Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
26 Mello Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
27 White Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
28 Melchior Zack Greinke, SP, LAD
29 Moore Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
30 Gauna Chase Headley, 3B, SD
Round 4
Pick Team Player
31 Gauna Shin-Soo Choo, RF, CIN
32 Moore Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
33 Melchior Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
34 White Kris Medlen, RP, ATL
35 Mello Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
36 Tobin Mat Latos, SP, CIN
37 Richard Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
38 Towers Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
39 Madden Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
40 Di Fino Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
Round 5
Pick Team Player
41 Di Fino Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
42 Madden Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
43 Towers Roy Halladay, SP, PHI
44 Richard Martin Prado, LF, ARI
45 Tobin Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
46 Mello Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
47 White Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
48 Melchior Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
49 Moore Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
50 Gauna Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
Round 6
Pick Team Player
51 Gauna Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
52 Moore Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
53 Melchior Angel Pagan, CF, SF
54 White Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
55 Mello Carl Crawford, LF, LAD
56 Tobin Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
57 Richard Dan Haren, SP, WAS
58 Towers B.J. Upton, CF, ATL
59 Madden Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
60 Di Fino Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
Round 7
Pick Team Player
61 Di Fino Lance Lynn, SP, STL
62 Madden Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
63 Towers Mike Minor, SP, ATL
64 Richard Jason Motte, RP, STL
65 Tobin Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
66 Mello Miguel Montero, C, ARI
67 White Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
68 Melchior Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
69 Moore Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
70 Gauna Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
Round 8
Pick Team Player
71 Gauna Brian McCann, C, ATL
72 Moore Hunter Pence, RF, SF
73 Melchior Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
74 White Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
75 Mello Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
76 Tobin Wilin Rosario, C, COL
77 Richard Carlos Beltran, CF, STL
78 Towers Shaun Marcum, SP, NYM
79 Madden Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
80 Di Fino Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
Round 9
Pick Team Player
81 Di Fino Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
82 Madden A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT
83 Towers Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
84 Richard Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
85 Tobin David Freese, 3B, STL
86 Mello Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
87 White Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
88 Melchior Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
89 Moore Denard Span, CF, WAS
90 Gauna Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
Round 10
Pick Team Player
91 Gauna Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
92 Moore Jon Jay, LF, STL
93 Melchior Tim Hudson, SP, ATL
94 White Adam Eaton, LF, ARI
95 Mello Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
96 Tobin Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
97 Richard Dexter Fowler, CF, COL
98 Towers Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
99 Madden Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
100 Di Fino Johan Santana, SP, NYM
Round 11
Pick Team Player
101 Di Fino Andrew Cashner, RP, SD
102 Madden Ben Revere, CF, PHI
103 Towers Mike Fiers, SP, MIL
104 Richard Kyle Lohse, SP, MIL
105 Tobin Shelby Miller, RP, STL
106 Mello Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
107 White Domonic Brown, RF, PHI
108 Melchior Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
109 Moore Jason Kubel, LF, ARI
110 Gauna Wade Miley, SP, ARI
Round 12
Pick Team Player
111 Gauna Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
112 Moore Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT
113 Melchior Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
114 White Josh Beckett, SP, LAD
115 Mello Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
116 Tobin Matt Carpenter, 1B, STL
117 Richard Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL
118 Towers Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL
119 Madden Paul Maholm, SP, ATL
120 Di Fino Huston Street, RP, SD
Round 13
Pick Team Player
121 Di Fino Sergio Romo, RP, SF
122 Madden Jedd Gyorko, 3B, SD
123 Towers John Axford, RP, MIL
124 Richard Alfonso Soriano, LF, CHC
125 Tobin Jonathan Broxton, RP, CIN
126 Mello J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
127 White Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
128 Melchior Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
129 Moore Ryan Ludwick, RF, CIN
130 Gauna Jean Segura, SS, MIL
Round 14
Pick Team Player
131 Gauna Russell Martin, C, PIT
132 Moore Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
133 Melchior Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
134 White Matt Garza, SP, CHC
135 Mello Brandon League, RP, LAD
136 Tobin James McDonald, SP, PIT
137 Richard Jason Grilli, RP, PIT
138 Towers A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
139 Madden Brandon McCarthy, SP, ARI
140 Di Fino Starling Marte, CF, PIT
Round 15
Pick Team Player
141 Di Fino Tyler Colvin, LF, COL
142 Madden Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
143 Towers Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
144 Richard Edwin Jackson, SP, CHC
145 Tobin Oscar Taveras, CF, STL
146 Mello Justin Ruggiano, LF, MIA
147 White Kyle Kendrick, SP, PHI
148 Melchior Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
149 Moore Bronson Arroyo, SP, CIN
150 Gauna Carlos Marmol, RP, CHC
Round 16
Pick Team Player
151 Gauna Carlos Quentin, LF, SD
152 Moore Michael Young, 1B, PHI
153 Melchior Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM
154 White Juan Pierre, CF, MIA
155 Mello Cameron Maybin, CF, SD
156 Tobin Dillon Gee, SP, NYM
157 Richard Drew Pomeranz, SP, COL
158 Towers Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM
159 Madden Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC
160 Di Fino Welington Castillo, C, CHC
Round 17
Pick Team Player
161 Di Fino Ross Detwiler, SP, WAS
162 Madden Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
163 Towers Frank Francisco, RP, NYM
164 Richard Rob Brantly, C, MIA
165 Tobin Cody Ross, CF, ARI
166 Mello Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC
167 White Lucas Duda, LF, NYM
168 Melchior Travis Snider, LF, PIT
169 Moore Clayton Richard, SP, SD
170 Gauna Jacob Turner, SP, MIA
Round 18
Pick Team Player
171 Gauna Delmon Young, LF, PHI
172 Moore Luke Gregerson, RP, SD
173 Melchior Will Venable, RF, SD
174 White Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
175 Mello Logan Morrison, LF, MIA
176 Tobin Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
177 Richard Garrett Jones, 1B, PIT
178 Towers Clint Barmes, SS, PIT
179 Madden Billy Hamilton, SS, CIN
180 Di Fino Nate Schierholtz, RF, CHC
Round 19
Pick Team Player
181 Di Fino Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC
182 Madden Pete Kozma, SS, STL
183 Towers Juan Francisco, 3B, ATL
184 Richard Drew Storen, RP, WAS
185 Tobin Juan Nicasio, SP, COL
186 Mello Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIA
187 White Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
188 Melchior Travis Wood, SP, CHC
189 Moore Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA
190 Gauna Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL
Round 20
Pick Team Player
191 Gauna Brian Wilson, RP, SF
192 Moore Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD
193 Melchior Adeiny Hechavarria, 3B, MIA
194 White Wily Peralta, SP, MIL
195 Mello Chris Nelson, 3B, COL
196 Tobin Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
197 Richard Santiago Casilla, RP, SF
198 Towers Edinson Volquez, SP, SD
199 Madden Jose Tabata, LF, PIT
200 Di Fino Gaby Sanchez, 1B, PIT
Round 21
Pick Team Player
201 Di Fino Justin Turner, 2B, NYM
202 Madden Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA
203 Towers Tyler Skaggs, SP, ARI
204 Richard Nate Eovaldi, SP, MIA
205 Tobin Jake Westbrook, SP, STL
206 Mello Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI
207 White Carlos Villanueva, RP, CHC
208 Melchior Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
209 Moore Placido Polanco, 3B, MIA
210 Gauna David DeJesus, LF, CHC
 
Team by Team
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
2.10 Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
3.1 Jason Heyward, RF, ATL
4.10 Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
5.1 Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
6.10 Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
7.1 Lance Lynn, SP, STL
8.10 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
9.1 Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
10.10 Johan Santana, SP, NYM
11.1 Andrew Cashner, RP, SD
12.10 Huston Street, RP, SD
13.1 Sergio Romo, RP, SF
14.10 Starling Marte, CF, PIT
15.1 Tyler Colvin, LF, COL
16.10 Welington Castillo, C, CHC
17.1 Ross Detwiler, SP, WAS
18.10 Nate Schierholtz, RF, CHC
19.1 Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC
20.10 Gaby Sanchez, 1B, PIT
21.1 Justin Turner, 2B, NYM
Ed Gauna
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Matt Cain, SP, SF
2.1 Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
3.10 Chase Headley, 3B, SD
4.1 Shin-Soo Choo, RF, CIN
5.10 Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
6.1 Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
7.10 Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
8.1 Brian McCann, C, ATL
9.10 Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
10.1 Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
11.10 Wade Miley, SP, ARI
12.1 Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
13.10 Jean Segura, SS, MIL
14.1 Russell Martin, C, PIT
15.10 Carlos Marmol, RP, CHC
16.1 Carlos Quentin, LF, SD
17.10 Jacob Turner, SP, MIA
18.1 Delmon Young, LF, PHI
19.10 Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL
20.1 Brian Wilson, RP, SF
21.10 David DeJesus, LF, CHC
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
2.9 Matt Holliday, LF, STL
3.2 Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
4.9 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
5.2 Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
6.9 Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
7.2 Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
8.9 Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
9.2 A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT
10.9 Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
11.2 Ben Revere, CF, PHI
12.9 Paul Maholm, SP, ATL
13.2 Jedd Gyorko, 3B, SD
14.9 Brandon McCarthy, SP, ARI
15.2 Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
16.9 Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC
17.2 Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
18.9 Billy Hamilton, SS, CIN
19.2 Pete Kozma, SS, STL
20.9 Jose Tabata, LF, PIT
21.2 Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
2.3 Justin Upton, RF, ATL
3.8 Zack Greinke, SP, LAD
4.3 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
5.8 Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
6.3 Angel Pagan, CF, SF
7.8 Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
8.3 Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
9.8 Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
10.3 Tim Hudson, SP, ATL
11.8 Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
12.3 Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
13.8 Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
14.3 Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
15.8 Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
16.3 Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM
17.8 Travis Snider, LF, PIT
18.3 Will Venable, RF, SD
19.8 Travis Wood, SP, CHC
20.3 Adeiny Hechavarria, 3B, MIA
21.8 Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
Igor Mello
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
2.5 Hanley Ramirez, 3B, LAD
3.6 Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
4.5 Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
5.6 Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
6.5 Carl Crawford, LF, LAD
7.6 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
8.5 Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
9.6 Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
10.5 Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
11.6 Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
12.5 Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
13.6 J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
14.5 Brandon League, RP, LAD
15.6 Justin Ruggiano, LF, MIA
16.5 Cameron Maybin, CF, SD
17.6 Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC
18.5 Logan Morrison, LF, MIA
19.6 Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIA
20.5 Chris Nelson, 3B, COL
21.6 Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI
Adam Moore
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
2.2 Yadier Molina, C, STL
3.9 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
4.2 Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
5.9 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
6.2 Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
7.9 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
8.2 Hunter Pence, RF, SF
9.9 Denard Span, CF, WAS
10.2 Jon Jay, LF, STL
11.9 Jason Kubel, LF, ARI
12.2 Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT
13.9 Ryan Ludwick, RF, CIN
14.2 Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
15.9 Bronson Arroyo, SP, CIN
16.2 Michael Young, 1B, PHI
17.9 Clayton Richard, SP, SD
18.2 Luke Gregerson, RP, SD
19.9 Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA
20.2 Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD
21.9 Placido Polanco, 3B, MIA
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
2.7 Jay Bruce, RF, CIN
3.4 Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
4.7 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
5.4 Martin Prado, LF, ARI
6.7 Dan Haren, SP, WAS
7.4 Jason Motte, RP, STL
8.7 Carlos Beltran, CF, STL
9.4 Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
10.7 Dexter Fowler, CF, COL
11.4 Kyle Lohse, SP, MIL
12.7 Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL
13.4 Alfonso Soriano, LF, CHC
14.7 Jason Grilli, RP, PIT
15.4 Edwin Jackson, SP, CHC
16.7 Drew Pomeranz, SP, COL
17.4 Rob Brantly, C, MIA
18.7 Garrett Jones, 1B, PIT
19.4 Drew Storen, RP, WAS
20.7 Santiago Casilla, RP, SF
21.4 Nate Eovaldi, SP, MIA
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
2.6 Bryce Harper, RF, WAS
3.5 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
4.6 Mat Latos, SP, CIN
5.5 Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
6.6 Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
7.5 Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
8.6 Wilin Rosario, C, COL
9.5 David Freese, 3B, STL
10.6 Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
11.5 Shelby Miller, RP, STL
12.6 Matt Carpenter, 1B, STL
13.5 Jonathan Broxton, RP, CIN
14.6 James McDonald, SP, PIT
15.5 Oscar Taveras, CF, STL
16.6 Dillon Gee, SP, NYM
17.5 Cody Ross, CF, ARI
18.6 Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
19.5 Juan Nicasio, SP, COL
20.6 Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
21.5 Jake Westbrook, SP, STL
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Matt Kemp, CF, LAD
2.8 David Wright, 3B, NYM
3.3 Allen Craig, 1B, STL
4.8 Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
5.3 Roy Halladay, SP, PHI
6.8 B.J. Upton, CF, ATL
7.3 Mike Minor, SP, ATL
8.8 Shaun Marcum, SP, NYM
9.3 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
10.8 Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
11.3 Mike Fiers, SP, MIL
12.8 Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL
13.3 John Axford, RP, MIL
14.8 A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
15.3 Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
16.8 Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM
17.3 Frank Francisco, RP, NYM
18.8 Clint Barmes, SS, PIT
19.3 Juan Francisco, 3B, ATL
20.8 Edinson Volquez, SP, SD
21.3 Tyler Skaggs, SP, ARI
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Buster Posey, C, SF
2.4 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
3.7 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
4.4 Kris Medlen, RP, ATL
5.7 Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
6.4 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
7.7 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
8.4 Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
9.7 Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
10.4 Adam Eaton, LF, ARI
11.7 Domonic Brown, RF, PHI
12.4 Josh Beckett, SP, LAD
13.7 Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
14.4 Matt Garza, SP, CHC
15.7 Kyle Kendrick, SP, PHI
16.4 Juan Pierre, CF, MIA
17.7 Lucas Duda, LF, NYM
18.4 Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
19.7 Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
20.4 Wily Peralta, SP, MIL
21.7 Carlos Villanueva, RP, CHC

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Owens hadn't faced big league hitters since last spring training, and had something to prove. While Owens didn't have great fastball command during the session, his changeup was spot on. 

"Great deception, hard to pick up," catcher Ryan Hanigan said. "He got me on the changeup today because you can’t see the spin. It looks just like his fastball. That’s a huge advantage."

Pitching coach Juan Nieves agreed, but said he wasn't sure whether Owens was ready for the majors just yet. "Is anybody ready to come to the big leagues?" Nieves said. "I don’t know. We don’t know until they get there and experience the competition."

The 22-year-old Owens enters the year as the team's second-best prospect according to Baseball America. He posted a 2.94 ERA over two minor-league levels last year. 


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"I'm pretty confident he's going to bounce back," Melvin said. "He had a very good September. He had a lot of stuff going on last year. But everybody says he's a much happier person and everything. He's a good, athletic player that we need."

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(2/28/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders said Saturday that he's feeling no pain one day after undergoing knee surgery, the Toronto Sun reports.

"I feel great," Saunders said. "I couldn’t believe it when I woke up this morning and I was walking around just fine. I walked out of surgery just fine. I actually started doing some exercises today and just got checked out by the doctor and he was pleasantly surprised with what he saw. There’s not as much swelling as he originally thought. Everything is checking out so far and everything is good news. No pain. It feels like I banged my knee on a pole and it’s a tiny bit swollen."

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"I’m going to miss some spring training but it could be a lot worse," Saunders said. "My ligaments are intact. For me this is the best-case scenario. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I’m ready to go. I’d love to say that I’ll be ready opening day. That’s my goal. But we’re targeting more mid-April, on the safe side. At the end of the day I have to listen to my knee. It’s a long season. I’m going to get this right the first time and not rush back."


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(2/28/2015) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle is hoping to be cleared to throw in a week or two, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Doolittle was able to participate in strength tests on Saturday, and the results were positive. He has not been cleared to throw just yet, but is hoping that will come shortly. Doolittle has been sidelined by a shoulder injury during the start of camp. 

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by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) The Rays have released outfielder Josh Sale, Baseball America reports.

Sale was suspended for use of performance-enhancing drugs in 2013 as well as for conduct detrimental to the team that same season. He received a 50-game suspension last August for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Before his most recent suspension, he hit .238/.313/.344 with four home runs and 46 RBI in 323 at-bats with high Class A Charlotte.


Yankees' Cashman downplays Bailey's chances of making team
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(2/28/2015) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman downplayed reliever Andrew Bailey's chances of making the 25-man roster, according to the Journal News.

Bailey, 30, is attempting to come back from a shoulder injury. He has not pitched in the majors since 2013 due to the issue. While Bailey has been able to participate in bullpen sessions this spring, Cashman took a more realistic view of the situation. "It’s one of those things where, non-roster situation, it’s a flyer, and the odds are against it," Cashman said. "And it didn’t work out for us last year. But because of who he is, his makeup, his work ethic, all those things, it made it easier to say, 'All right, let's keep trying,'" he added. 

Cashman stressed that while things look good now, the team wants to see how Bailey will respond in game situations. Bailey, meanwhile, has been optimistic during camp, saying he feels like he's finally over his injury.

Bailey posted a 3.77 ERA over 28 2/3 innings back in 2013. 


Hinch: Astros' Torreyes has 'earned every chance to get a look'
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(2/28/2015) Astros infielder Ronald Torreyes checks in at about 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds, but his success at avoiding strikeouts has manager A.J. Hinch ready to give him a chance at showing what he can do this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"You like to see these guys play," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He can look to our starting lineup at the top or hitting first or second and he’ll see a guy who is pretty successful who is not the biggest guy in the world. I see a unique size for this level, but the way he’s hit and the way he’s performed he’s earned every chance to get a look."

Torreyes was added to the team's 40-man roster in November after hitting .298/.345/.376 with two home runs, 46 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 460 at-bats with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2014.

"He doesn’t look like a ballplayer because he’s little like me, but he’s a young bull," Astros second baseman Jose Altuve said. "He hits a lot and plays good defense. Last year they put him on the 40-man roster because he has a good chance to help us. There aren’t many players like him so skinny and little in the big leagues, so when you see him for the first time you say, 'You know he has to be good to be here.' Then when you see him hit you realize the organization has a good reason to give him this opportunity."

Torreyes will look for an opportunity to latch on as a utility player this spring. He's capable of seeing work at second base, shortstop and third base as well as in left field and center field.


Yoga has Twins' Trevor May 'much fresher than ever before'
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(2/28/2015) Twins starting pitcher Trevor May has looked to improve flexibility coming into his competition for a rotation spot this spring by turning to yoga to help repeat his delivery, the Star Tribune reports.

"I’ve been doing yoga for 30 or 40 minutes every morning, and I’m much fresher than ever before," May said. "Every scouting report I’ve ever seen on myself says, 'Has trouble repeating his delivery.' Well, yoga is literally repeating moves, keeping your body under your control. I do the warrior pose, which is [the same as] striding and throwing a baseball. It has to help."

May initially struggled in his major-league debut last season, but he hopes the perseverance he showed and his improvements near the end of the season help set him apart in the battle for a rotation spot this spring.

"Obviously I don’t know exactly what the people who are making decisions are thinking, but showing I can be successful after having my face beat up for two months, showing I can work through it, it’s a trait you have to have," May said. "I take pride in the fact that I didn’t give up. I didn’t let it get me down."


Twins 1B Joe Mauer happy with 'normal' offseason
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(2/28/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was happy to have a "normal" offseason after dealing with concussion-like symptoms the previous year, MLB.com reports.

"I had a very productive offseason," Mauer said Saturday. "The last couple years I had a lot of things to deal with, especially last year with the concussion. I didn't really get a good base heading into the year. I feel great this year and I hope it stays that way."

Mauer believes that his vigorous stretching exercises this offseason will help keep him healthy in 2015.

"You have to pay attention to your body. I'm getting older," Mauer said. "I'm finding out what works and doesn't work. Trying to make adjustments."

Manager Paul Molitor indicated that he's noticed a difference in Mauer this spring.

"I think it means a lot for him," Molitor said. "I think coming back last year after what had happened the previous season, you always have those questions. He's got friends that have gone through it with Corey Koskie and Justin [Morneau]. We all know how validated our concern is over concussion issues. I'm sure there was a little hesitancy there. Like I said when I had a chance to visit with him this winter, he's excited to be back and not have to be concerned about those type of things."

Mauer endured a down offensive performance last season, hitting .277/.361/.371 with just four home runs in 455 at-bats.


 
 
 
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