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2014 Draft Prep: Head-to-Head draft (12/2)

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With the general managers meetings in our rear-view mirror and the Winter Meetings just ahead of us, hot stove season is in full swing. We just thought we would help the momentum along by rolling out our first mock draft of the offseason...

Some of the results of our 2014 12-team mixed Head-to-Head mock would look downright peculiar to someone who slept through the 2013 season. Ryan Braun taken with the last pick in the first round? Justin Verlander, David Price and Stephen Strasburg being taken after a starting pitcher -- Jose Fernandez -- who had yet to play above Advanced Class A a year ago? Half a dozen first basemen coming off the board before Albert Pujols? These are a few of the features of a Fantasy baseball landscape that has shifted in some dramatic ways over the past year.

It's nothing new for aging or injury-prone players to get supplanted by young rising stars in the early rounds, and if this mock draft is any indication, those shifts won't have major implications for your big-picture strategy. For example, even though Matt Kemp, Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Hamilton and Jose Bautista were absent from the first two rounds (where they were frequently chosen in 2013 drafts), outfielders remained popular early. Seven were selected within the first two rounds, with six of those among the first 14 players taken.

Within the first five rounds, first basemen were still more coveted than catchers, second basemen, third basemen and shortstops. However, in this draft, middle infielders were a more popular early round selection than they typically were in 2013 drafts, thanks to the rise of Matt Carpenter, Jason Kipnis, Ian Desmond, Jean Segura and Elvis Andrus -- and the resurrection of Hanley Ramirez.

As this draft took place one day before the Rangers sent Ian Kinsler to the Tigers, Jurickson Profar's stock was likely lower than it would have been, had owners known precisely what role he was going to have in 2014. Now that Profar is slated to be Texas' starting second baseman, he could conceivably be drafted at least a couple of rounds earlier than he was (Round 19) in this mock.

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In the middle rounds, the draft started to take on a decidedly different flavor. By the end of the eighth round, nearly all of the established No. 1 and 2 starting pitchers had been claimed. While some owners looked to proven veterans like Jon Lester, C.J. Wilson and Doug Fister to serve as their middle-of-the-rotation types, several others took the opportunity to pursue upside. Between Rounds 8 and 14, Michael Wacha, Gerrit Cole, Sonny Gray, Danny Salazar and Taijuan Walker all found homes, even though none has made as many as 20 regular season starts in the majors.

Around the same time, owners started to fill their relief slots, beginning with the Round 9 selection of Craig Kimbrel. Aroldis Chapman was taken eight picks later, but the reliever run didn't begin in earnest until Round 14. SPARPs (starting pitchers as relief pitchers) were almost a non-factor in this draft, as Alex Wood was taken in Round 13, and no other relief-eligible starters were taken before Round 16.

These are just some of the patterns that emerged in this early mock. Again, your results may vary, but this particular draft was the product of the preferences and strategies of these 12 owners.

1. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
2. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
3. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
4. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Sports
5. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Adam Aizer, Fantasy Video/Podcast Host
7. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
8. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
9. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
10. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Jameson Fleming, CBSSports.com Social Media Editor
12. Chris Cwik, Fantasy Writer

Scoring for Batting Categories
1B -- 1 point
2B -- 2 points
3B -- 3 points
BB -- 1 point
CS -- -1 point
HP -- 1 point
HR -- 4 points
KO -- -0.5 points
R -- 1 point
RBI -- 1 point
SB -- 2 points

Scoring for Pitching Categories
BBI -- -1 point
ER -- -1 point
HA -- -1 point
HB -- -1 point
INN -- 3 points
K -- .5 points
L -- -5 points
QS -- 3 points
S -- 7 points
W -- 7 points

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Mello Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
2 Polito Mike Trout, OF, LAA
3 Hurcomb Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
4 Madden Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
5 White Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
6 Aizer Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
7 Melchior Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS
8 Tobin Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
9 Towers Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
10 Di Fino Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
11 Fleming Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
12 Cwik Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Cwik Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
14 Fleming Adam Jones, OF, BAL
15 Di Fino Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
16 Towers Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
17 Tobin Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
18 Melchior Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL
19 Aizer David Wright, 3B, NYM
20 White Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
21 Madden Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
22 Hurcomb Max Scherzer, SP, DET
23 Polito Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
24 Mello Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Mello Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
26 Polito Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX
27 Hurcomb Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
28 Madden Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
29 White Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
30 Aizer Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD
31 Melchior Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK
32 Tobin Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CIN
33 Towers Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
34 Di Fino Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA
35 Fleming David Price, SP, TB
36 Cwik Matt Holliday, OF, STL
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Cwik Joe Mauer, C, MIN
38 Fleming Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
39 Di Fino Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
40 Towers Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
41 Tobin Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
42 Melchior Justin Verlander, SP, DET
43 Aizer Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
44 White Jean Segura, SS, MIL
45 Madden Buster Posey, C, SF
46 Hurcomb Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
47 Polito Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
48 Mello Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Mello Carlos Santana, C, CLE
50 Polito Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
51 Hurcomb Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
52 Madden Justin Upton, OF, ATL
53 White Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
54 Aizer Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
55 Melchior Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
56 Tobin Zack Greinke, SP, LAD
57 Towers Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
58 Di Fino David Ortiz, U, BOS
59 Fleming Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
60 Cwik Chris Sale, SP, CHW
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Cwik Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
62 Fleming Hunter Pence, OF, SF
63 Di Fino Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
64 Towers Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
65 Tobin Allen Craig, 1B, STL
66 Melchior Yadier Molina, C, STL
67 Aizer Martin Prado, 3B, ARI
68 White Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
69 Madden Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
70 Hurcomb Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
71 Polito Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
72 Mello Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Mello Wil Myers, OF, TB
74 Polito Wilin Rosario, C, COL
75 Hurcomb Alex Rios, OF, TEX
76 Madden Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
77 White Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
78 Aizer Mike Minor, SP, ATL
79 Melchior Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
80 Tobin Domonic Brown, OF, PHI
81 Towers Billy Butler, U, KC
82 Di Fino Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
83 Fleming Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
84 Cwik James Shields, SP, KC
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Cwik Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
86 Fleming Matt Moore, SP, TB
87 Di Fino Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
88 Towers Matt Cain, SP, SF
89 Tobin Mat Latos, SP, CIN
90 Melchior Alex Gordon, OF, KC
91 Aizer Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
92 White Starling Marte, OF, PIT
93 Madden Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
94 Hurcomb Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
95 Polito Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
96 Mello Michael Wacha, SP, STL
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Mello Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
98 Polito Mark Trumbo, 1B, LAA
99 Hurcomb Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
100 Madden Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
101 White Alex Cobb, SP, TB
102 Aizer Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
103 Melchior Matt Adams, 1B, STL
104 Tobin Shelby Miller, SP, STL
105 Towers Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
106 Di Fino Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
107 Fleming Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
108 Cwik Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Cwik Derek Holland, SP, TEX
110 Fleming Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, CLE
111 Di Fino Jon Lester, SP, BOS
112 Towers Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
113 Tobin Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS
114 Melchior Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI
115 Aizer CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
116 White Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
117 Madden C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
118 Hurcomb Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
119 Polito Carlos Beltran, OF, STL
120 Mello Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Mello Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
122 Polito Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN
123 Hurcomb Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
124 Madden Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
125 White Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
126 Aizer Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
127 Melchior Doug Fister, SP, DET
128 Tobin Salvador Perez, C, KC
129 Towers Victor Martinez, U, DET
130 Di Fino Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
131 Fleming Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
132 Cwik Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Cwik Jake Peavy, SP, BOS
134 Fleming Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
135 Di Fino R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR
136 Towers Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
137 Tobin Sonny Gray, SP, OAK
138 Melchior Brad Miller, SS, SEA
139 Aizer Greg Holland, RP, KC
140 White Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
141 Madden Chase Headley, 3B, SD
142 Hurcomb Koji Uehara, RP, BOS
143 Polito Evan Gattis, OF, ATL
144 Mello Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Mello Dexter Fowler, OF, COL
146 Polito Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
147 Hurcomb J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
148 Madden Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
149 White Kris Medlen, SP, ATL
150 Aizer Danny Salazar, SP, CLE
151 Melchior Alex Wood, RP, ATL
152 Tobin Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
153 Towers Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
154 Di Fino Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
155 Fleming Andrew Cashner, SP, SD
156 Cwik Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Cwik Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
158 Fleming Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA
159 Di Fino Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
160 Towers Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
161 Tobin Jason Grilli, RP, PIT
162 Melchior Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
163 Aizer Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
164 White Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
165 Madden B.J. Upton, OF, ATL
166 Hurcomb Lance Lynn, SP, STL
167 Polito A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT
168 Mello Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Mello Matt Wieters, C, BAL
170 Polito Austin Jackson, OF, DET
171 Hurcomb Sergio Romo, RP, SF
172 Madden Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
173 White Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
174 Aizer Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
175 Melchior Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
176 Tobin Ervin Santana, SP, KC
177 Towers John Lackey, SP, BOS
178 Di Fino Roy Halladay, SP, PHI
179 Fleming Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
180 Cwik Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
Round 16
Pick Team Player
181 Cwik Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
182 Fleming Brian McCann, C, ATL
183 Di Fino Grant Balfour, RP, OAK
184 Towers Matt Garza, SP, TEX
185 Tobin Christian Yelich, OF, MIA
186 Melchior Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
187 Aizer Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
188 White Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
189 Madden Addison Reed, RP, CHW
190 Hurcomb Kevin Gausman, RP, BAL
191 Polito Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
192 Mello Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
Round 17
Pick Team Player
193 Mello Bartolo Colon, SP, OAK
194 Polito Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
195 Hurcomb Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY
196 Madden Jim Johnson, RP, BAL
197 White David Robertson, RP, NYY
198 Aizer Tyson Ross, RP, SD
199 Melchior Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
200 Tobin Dan Straily, SP, OAK
201 Towers A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK
202 Di Fino Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
203 Fleming Carlos Martinez, RP, STL
204 Cwik Huston Street, RP, SD
Round 18
Pick Team Player
205 Cwik Casey Janssen, RP, TOR
206 Fleming Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
207 Di Fino Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
208 Towers Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
209 Tobin Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
210 Melchior Corey Kluber, SP, CLE
211 Aizer Miguel Montero, C, ARI
212 White Chris Archer, SP, TB
213 Madden Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
214 Hurcomb Josh Johnson, SP, SD
215 Polito Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
216 Mello Ricky Nolasco, SP, LAD
Round 19
Pick Team Player
217 Mello Torii Hunter, OF, DET
218 Polito Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
219 Hurcomb Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
220 Madden Dan Haren, SP, LAD
221 White Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
222 Aizer Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
223 Melchior Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
224 Tobin Adam Eaton, OF, ARI
225 Towers Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
226 Di Fino Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
227 Fleming Hector Santiago, SP, CHW
228 Cwik Omar Infante, 2B, DET
Round 20
Pick Team Player
229 Cwik Cory Luebke, SP, SD
230 Fleming Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
231 Di Fino Ian Kennedy, SP, SD
232 Towers Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
233 Tobin Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
234 Melchior Jason Castro, C, HOU
235 Aizer Byron Buxton, OF, MIN
236 White Brett Anderson, RP, OAK
237 Madden Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
238 Hurcomb Eric Young, OF, NYM
239 Polito Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
240 Mello Ernesto Frieri, RP, LAA
Round 21
Pick Team Player
241 Mello Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
242 Polito Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
243 Hurcomb George Springer, OF, HOU
244 Madden Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
245 White Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
246 Aizer Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK
247 Melchior Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, KC
248 Tobin Fernando Rodney, RP, TB
249 Towers Jose Quintana, SP, CHW
250 Di Fino Yan Gomes, C, CLE
251 Fleming Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
252 Cwik Will Venable, OF, SD
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
2.7 David Wright, 3B, NYM
3.6 Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD
4.7 Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
5.6 Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
6.7 Martin Prado, 3B, ARI
7.6 Mike Minor, SP, ATL
8.7 Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
9.6 Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
10.7 CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
11.6 Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
12.7 Greg Holland, RP, KC
13.6 Danny Salazar, SP, CLE
14.7 Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
15.6 Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
16.7 Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
17.6 Tyson Ross, RP, SD
18.7 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
19.6 Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
20.7 Byron Buxton, OF, MIN
21.6 Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK
Chris Cwik
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
2.1 Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
3.12 Matt Holliday, OF, STL
4.1 Joe Mauer, C, MIN
5.12 Chris Sale, SP, CHW
6.1 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
7.12 James Shields, SP, KC
8.1 Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
9.12 Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
10.1 Derek Holland, SP, TEX
11.12 Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
12.1 Jake Peavy, SP, BOS
13.12 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
14.1 Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
15.12 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
16.1 Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
17.12 Huston Street, RP, SD
18.1 Casey Janssen, RP, TOR
19.12 Omar Infante, 2B, DET
20.1 Cory Luebke, SP, SD
21.12 Will Venable, OF, SD
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
2.3 Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
3.10 Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA
4.3 Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
5.10 David Ortiz, U, BOS
6.3 Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
7.10 Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
8.3 Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
9.10 Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
10.3 Jon Lester, SP, BOS
11.10 Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
12.3 R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR
13.10 Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
14.3 Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
15.10 Roy Halladay, SP, PHI
16.3 Grant Balfour, RP, OAK
17.10 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
18.3 Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
19.10 Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
20.3 Ian Kennedy, SP, SD
21.10 Yan Gomes, C, CLE
Jameson Fleming
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
2.2 Adam Jones, OF, BAL
3.11 David Price, SP, TB
4.2 Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
5.11 Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
6.2 Hunter Pence, OF, SF
7.11 Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
8.2 Matt Moore, SP, TB
9.11 Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
10.2 Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, CLE
11.11 Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
12.2 Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
13.11 Andrew Cashner, SP, SD
14.2 Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA
15.11 Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
16.2 Brian McCann, C, ATL
17.11 Carlos Martinez, RP, STL
18.2 Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
19.11 Hector Santiago, SP, CHW
20.2 Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
21.11 Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
2.10 Max Scherzer, SP, DET
3.3 Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
4.10 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
5.3 Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
6.10 Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
7.3 Alex Rios, OF, TEX
8.10 Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
9.3 Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
10.10 Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
11.3 Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
12.10 Koji Uehara, RP, BOS
13.3 J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
14.10 Lance Lynn, SP, STL
15.3 Sergio Romo, RP, SF
16.10 Kevin Gausman, RP, BAL
17.3 Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY
18.10 Josh Johnson, SP, SD
19.3 Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
20.10 Eric Young, OF, NYM
21.3 George Springer, OF, HOU
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
2.9 Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
3.4 Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
4.9 Buster Posey, C, SF
5.4 Justin Upton, OF, ATL
6.9 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
7.4 Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
8.9 Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
9.4 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
10.9 C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
11.4 Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
12.9 Chase Headley, 3B, SD
13.4 Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
14.9 B.J. Upton, OF, ATL
15.4 Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
16.9 Addison Reed, RP, CHW
17.4 Jim Johnson, RP, BAL
18.9 Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
19.4 Dan Haren, SP, LAD
20.9 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
21.4 Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS
2.6 Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL
3.7 Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK
4.6 Justin Verlander, SP, DET
5.7 Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
6.6 Yadier Molina, C, STL
7.7 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
8.6 Alex Gordon, OF, KC
9.7 Matt Adams, 1B, STL
10.6 Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI
11.7 Doug Fister, SP, DET
12.6 Brad Miller, SS, SEA
13.7 Alex Wood, RP, ATL
14.6 Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
15.7 Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
16.6 Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
17.7 Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
18.6 Corey Kluber, SP, CLE
19.7 Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
20.6 Jason Castro, C, HOU
21.7 Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, KC
Igor Mello
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
2.12 Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
3.1 Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
4.12 Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
5.1 Carlos Santana, C, CLE
6.12 Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
7.1 Wil Myers, OF, TB
8.12 Michael Wacha, SP, STL
9.1 Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
10.12 Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
11.1 Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
12.12 Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
13.1 Dexter Fowler, OF, COL
14.12 Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
15.1 Matt Wieters, C, BAL
16.12 Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
17.1 Bartolo Colon, SP, OAK
18.12 Ricky Nolasco, SP, LAD
19.1 Torii Hunter, OF, DET
20.12 Ernesto Frieri, RP, LAA
21.1 Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
Joe Polito
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Mike Trout, OF, LAA
2.11 Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
3.2 Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX
4.11 Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
5.2 Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
6.11 Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
7.2 Wilin Rosario, C, COL
8.11 Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
9.2 Mark Trumbo, 1B, LAA
10.11 Carlos Beltran, OF, STL
11.2 Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN
12.11 Evan Gattis, OF, ATL
13.2 Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
14.11 A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT
15.2 Austin Jackson, OF, DET
16.11 Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
17.2 Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
18.11 Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
19.2 Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
20.11 Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
21.2 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
2.5 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
3.8 Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CIN
4.5 Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
5.8 Zack Greinke, SP, LAD
6.5 Allen Craig, 1B, STL
7.8 Domonic Brown, OF, PHI
8.5 Mat Latos, SP, CIN
9.8 Shelby Miller, SP, STL
10.5 Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS
11.8 Salvador Perez, C, KC
12.5 Sonny Gray, SP, OAK
13.8 Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
14.5 Jason Grilli, RP, PIT
15.8 Ervin Santana, SP, KC
16.5 Christian Yelich, OF, MIA
17.8 Dan Straily, SP, OAK
18.5 Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
19.8 Adam Eaton, OF, ARI
20.5 Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
21.8 Fernando Rodney, RP, TB
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
2.4 Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
3.9 Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
4.4 Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
5.9 Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
6.4 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
7.9 Billy Butler, U, KC
8.4 Matt Cain, SP, SF
9.9 Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
10.4 Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
11.9 Victor Martinez, U, DET
12.4 Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
13.9 Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
14.4 Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
15.9 John Lackey, SP, BOS
16.4 Matt Garza, SP, TEX
17.9 A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK
18.4 Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
19.9 Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
20.4 Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
21.9 Jose Quintana, SP, CHW
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1.5 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
2.8 Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
3.5 Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
4.8 Jean Segura, SS, MIL
5.5 Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
6.8 Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
7.5 Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
8.8 Starling Marte, OF, PIT
9.5 Alex Cobb, SP, TB
10.8 Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
11.5 Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
12.8 Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
13.5 Kris Medlen, SP, ATL
14.8 Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
15.5 Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
16.8 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
17.5 David Robertson, RP, NYY
18.8 Chris Archer, SP, TB
19.5 Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
20.8 Brett Anderson, RP, OAK
21.5 Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM

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Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo goes hitless in return Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (triceps) returned to the lineup Thursday, going 0 for 4 while serving as the designated hitter in his team's 6-3 win over the Rockies.

Choo had been sidelined since March 15 due to a triceps injury and was reported to be targeting a return Saturday, but he was able to remain in for the entire game Thursday, picking up four at-bats in his role as DH. He's managed just four hits in 22 at-bats this spring.


Rangers' Fujikawa confident in return from Tommy John surgery
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa is scheduled to pitch Friday, and the Rangers will be keeping a close eye on the pitcher to determine if he has fully recovered from Tommy John surgery or if he'll need time in the minors to open the season, MLB.com reports.

Fujikawa hasn't allowed a run in four Cactus League outings but has struggled a bit in two camp games. He remains confident his recovery is on track.

"This is still spring training, not the regular season," Fujikawa said. "It's only going to get better. Coming into spring training, the surgery was out of my mind. As a player, I am really confident. I am not sure what my role will be, but I'll be confident whatever the situation is."

Manager Jeff Banister is looking for the pitcher to build off his spring success.

"The guy is coming off Tommy John," Banister said. "There are good days and bad days. He has logged a couple of good ones. Let's see that continue."


Twins Trevor Plouffe wants to cement his place at third
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is completely aware of the threat that Miguel Sano brings when it comes to the third base spot. Sano is considered by many to be a can't-miss player. But Plouffe is trying not to let that affect him or his play. 

“You can’t think about anything like that,” Plouffe said. “You can’t worry about what other people are saying about you. I’m more focused on getting this organization out of this rut that we’ve dug ourselves over the last four years.”

After moving around the infield for years, Plouffe seems to have found his place at third. The 28-year-old has a batting average of .245 with 62 home runs, 224 RBI and 398 strikeouts in five seasons.


Rangers' Ross Ohlendorf (groin) leaves Thursday's game
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Ross Ohlendorf was removed from Thursday's game against the Rockies due to recurring tightness in his right groin, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Ohlendorf tossed a scoreless inning and struck out two Thursday in his first appearance since March 15 but continued to battle groin issues. He's competing for a spot in the bullpen.


Yankees 3B Chase Headley wants more action in the field
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Yankees third baseman Chase Headley has played the fourth most innings on the field for the team with 78, but he has only had 13 chances at fielding balls, reports the New York Times. He is hoping that he gets more opportunities going forward.

“It’s crazy,” Headley said. “I’m begging for ground balls.”

Headley came over from the Padres last spring having spent his entire career there. He seemed to suffer the same circumstances there with limited chances to field balls. He spoke to some of his current teammates and his infield coach.

“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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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, MLB.com 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 | CBSSports.com
(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.


Reds' Michael Lorenzen tosses three one-run innings Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Reds pitching prospect Michael Lorenzen surrendered one earned run on four hits in three innings in Thursday's 13-2 win over the Indians.

"It went good," Lorenzen said after the outing, per MLB.com. "My fastball command was good. The tempo was good. That was the most important thing for me -- tempo and fastball command. I was able to go out there and accomplish my goal for the day."

Lorenzen came into Thursday's start having allowed no hits and six walks in two innings in his previous appearance. He threw 45 pitches in Thursday's game and another 20 in the bullpen to reach his pitch-count target.

"I worked on some breaking balls," Lorenzen said. "I gave up some two-strike hits with my breaking ball. I didn't finish them. They were a lot better in the bullpen with a couple of adjustments that I made."

The Reds are looking at Lorenzen for a long-relief role but could use him as a starter at some point this season.

"That gives him a chance to get to 80-85 [pitches] in his next outing, which to me, means he's ready to start," manager Bryan Price said before the game. "You can safely say he could throw 90-95 pitches in his first start of the season."


White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie says plantar fasciitis is not an issue
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) After initially being bothered by plantar fasciitis at the beginning of spring training, White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie said he is over the injury, reports MLB.com.

"It's fine," Gillaspie said. "First thing [in the morning] and last thing at night, it's kind of sore, but as far as affecting me playing, it doesn't. It did a little bit when I first got here, but it has gone away. Credit to [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] for working hard with me every day on that."

While Gillaspie will likely be dealing with discomfort in his foot for most of the season, he said it's nothing he can't manage.

"The workload lessens as you get into the season as far as practice hours go. Obviously, I'm hoping that calms it down a bit, having a little less to do," Gillaspie said. "It's not a big issue."


 
 
 
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