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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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Indians' Gavin Floyd has Cactus League start pushed back
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:10 pm ET) Indians pitcher Gavin Floyd had his Cactus League scheduled start on Sunday pushed back to an unknown date in the near future, according to MLB.com on Thursday.

Floyd has pitched in just 14 games over the past two seasons due to elbow injuries. He had Tommy John surgery in 2013, and then broke his elbow after making nine starts in 2014. Manager Terry Francona told reporters he's taking a cautious approach with the right-hander moving forward.


Dodgers' Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu scheduled to throw BP
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:02 pm ET) Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu are scheduled to throw batting practice Friday and Saturday, respectively, per MLB.com. Both players are dealing with injuries, and remain one start behind the other pitchers on the roster. Both pitchers will make their spring debut five days after their BP session.

Pirates' Jordy Mercer looks to build from last season's strong finish
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:54 am ET) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer worked on improving his defensive struggles last year with Clint Barmes and his offensive struggles with first-base coach Nick Leyva, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"What's the best thing that Barmes could do for our ballclub? That's to tutor this young kid, and that’s exactly what he did," Leyva said. "It was phenomenal to watch that."

Mercer hit .199 through the first 49 games last season. He bounced back with a .278 batting average, a .333 on-base percentage, 11 home runs and 19 doubles since June 2. Now that Mercer is the incumbent starter at shortstop, he is hoping to use his experience as an advantage to beat out Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang for playing time throughout the season.

"You can't substitute for innings played, you can't substitute for at-bats, you can't substitute for innings pitched at this level," Leyva said. "You talk all you want about it, but when you get 450 at-bats, you've had a major league season. When you've played 140 games, you've played a major league season. The only way you're going to get those is by competing and getting the job done."


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (hand) to make spring debut Saturday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:50 am ET) Indians manager Terry Francona said second baseman Jason Kipnis will make his spring debut Saturday against the Dodgers, per MLB.com. Kipnis had surgery in December to repair a damaged tendon in the ring finger on his left hand.

Tigers' Ausmus: Miguel Cabrera really close to running on flat ground
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:45 am ET) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (ankle) has run at 72 percent body weight on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday. Once Cabrera can run at 80 percent body weight, he will be cleared to run on flat ground and have grounders hit directly at him.

"He should be really close," Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press.

Cabrera participated in batting practice on the field Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

"He was hitting balls 425 feet out to left-center," Ausmus said.


Yankees might not have room on roster for Pirela as bench option
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:39 am ET) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he is curious about keeping Jose Pirela on the roster as a bench player, according to The Journal News. However, there is no clear path right now for Pirela, and it might take an injury for him to get on the roster.

“We’re going to move him around because that flexibility is nice to have,” Girardi said. “In the limited time that he was up last year, he did a really good time for us. And you could put him in the outfield as well. I don’t know how much we’ll put him in the outfield in spring, but I’m comfortable putting him out there anywhere. You never know how things are going to shake out in camp.”


Reds 1B Joey Votto getting closer to playing in spring games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:30 am ET) Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday first baseman Joey Votto is getting closer to making his spring debut, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. Votto missed 100 games last season with a left knee injury. 

"You won't have to hold your breath, I promise you, you won't have to hold your breath for this," Price said. "Just to reiterate, we just went too far into the rehab and made a commitment to do an extensive rehab to do anything before we feel he's ready. I think he's very close and he's champing at the bit to get in there."


A's 1B Nate Freiman to miss at least two weeks with back injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:26 am ET) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said first baseman Nate Freiman will miss at least two weeks due to a muscle strain in his back, per MLB.com. Freiman is competing for a spot on the A's bench.

Cardinals' Matheny wants Heyward, Adams to gain confidence vs. LHPs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:24 am ET) Cardinals slugger Matt Adams is tired of hearing folks say he can't hit left-handed pitchers. But the numbers don't lie. He is batting just .197 off lefties in his major-league career, as opposed to .306 against righties.

“People think I can’t hit lefties,” he said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Coming up through the minors, I hit them. But that’s totally different. Hitting lefties in the minors and hitting lefties in the big leagues is different. The confidence for me is there, in the back of my mind. I know what I can do. That hasn’t changed. This is where I definitely have to focus and put the hammer to it.”

Adams isn't the only starter for St. Louis that struggles against lefties. Outfielder Jason Heyward hit just .169 against lefties in 2014. However, manager Mike Matheny isn't a fan of platooning either player.

“There are certain guys that you don’t want to platoon,” Matheny said. “There are guys you don’t want to have off the field, and I think that’s what they want. They want to be the guy who doesn’t come off the field. They want to be out there all the time. Both of them have shown it in the past that they can have success against left-handed pitching. It’s just a matter of getting them comfortable. With our lineup they’re going to throw a lot of (lefties) at us. Maybe that will help generate that confidence.”


Pirates' Josh Harrison not too concerned about ankle injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:11 am ET) Pirates outfielder Josh Harrison doesn't seem too concerned after rolling his left ankle during Wednesday's spring game against the Blue Jays.

"I wouldn't even say I completely turned it. I kinda caught myself when I felt something," Harrison said Thursday, per MLB.com. "The trainers spotted me pulling up and right away said, 'Let's just be cautious,' so I came out."

Harrison had issues with his left ankle in 2014 after twisting it June 11. He had recurrences later in June and in early September, but he did not miss significant time.

"And this wasn't anything like last [year's ankle injury]," Harrison said. "I know how it felt then, and this time it was a lot less [painful]."


 
 
 
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