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2014 Draft Prep: Roto draft (12/5)

Senior Fantasy Writer

Two mock drafts in, Ryan Braun is looking pretty definitively like a first-rounder.

It didn't seem possible given the backlash over his long overdue PED suspension and the possibility of a Melky Cabrera-like regression, but so far, we're 2 for 2 with someone -- and not even the same someone -- choosing to take him that early.

It's not so surprising given the uncertainty surrounding the next crop of players after the top nine or so. In Head-to-Head points leagues, Clayton Kershaw is the clear No. 10, but in standard Rotisserie leagues like this one, it's wide open.

The better-safe-than-sorry types will choose Edwin Encarnacion, Prince Fielder or Adam Jones. The position-scarcity types will choose Troy Tulowitzki or Hanley Ramirez. And the upside-at-all-costs types will choose Braun.

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As with every Rotisserie draft, the power-speed guys were in high demand in this one, with Matt Kemp, Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura all going a round or two earlier than in our Head-to-Head points draft. I was actually the one to take Segura even though I had already filled my shortstop stop with Tulowitzki in the first round. My need for a proven speedster who wouldn't kill me in the other categories trumped my need for a second baseman (in this case, Matt Carpenter), especially with my sights set on renewed sleeper Jurickson Profar following the Ian Kinsler trade.

As far as middle infielders went, we were all over the place in this draft. Jose Altuve, with his 35-steal potential at second base, went in the second round while Brian Dozier, with his 20-homer, 15-steal potential at the same position, went in the 14th. Granted, Altuve is a good bit safer than Dozier, but that gap will be much smaller in most leagues. Jhonny Peralta, meanwhile, went in Round 11, just as second-tier hurlers like Matt Moore, Gerrit Cole, Michael Wacha and Alex Cobb were beginning to go off the board. That probably speaks to the lack of depth at shortstop relative to second base, but if you're going to reach at the position, it should be for someone like Xander Bogaerts, who went two rounds later. True, he's not eligible there yet, but within the first week of the season, he will be.

Even by Rotisserie league standards, the quality of starting pitchers available in the later rounds of this draft was staggering. For most of the draft, pitchers came at a discount. Yes, five were gone by the end of the third round, but Madison Bumgarner, Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke, who were all in the discussion for that top tier, didn't go until three or four rounds later. With so many hitter slots to fill, nobody cared to reach at the position after the best of the best had gone off the board -- and for good reason. Check out the pitchers we had to "fall back" on in Round 17 and beyond.

The players who I think deserve special distinction for their steals potential in this format are Billy Hamilton and Emilio Bonifacio (with Hamilton being the more fascinating of the two). Frankly, even in a part-time role, both would be worth starting in Fantasy. If their real-life roles were more secure, both probably would have gone much earlier.

But you know, at this stage of the offseason, it's a learning experience for all of us. Nobody has drafted enough to anticipate how others will react, which makes every pick or series of picks a welcome source of debate. So instead of trying to make sense of it all here, let's just get to the draft and take the next couple months to sort it all out.

First, a quick introduction to the participants:

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

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

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Report: Angels' Hamilton likely to receive suspension
by Chris Cwik |
(2:05 am ET) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will likely be suspended for at least 25 games, according to

Hamilton met with Major League Baseball on Wednesday for a disciplinary hearing. Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported that Hamilton experienced a drug relapse a few months ago, and confessed that relapse to MLB. 

This is technically Hamilton's second violation as a major-leaguer. Hamilton was on the Rays 40-man roster during his first suspension, making him a major-league player. Typically, players who violate their drug treatment program for the first time are subject to a 15-25 game suspension. Given that this is Hamilton's second violation of his drug treatment program, it's unclear how severe the punishment will be.

With that said, commissioner Rob Manfred is reportedly trying to be lenient with any punishment. The league has a "favorable view of Hamilton's efforts to remain sober." Since his return to the majors, Hamilton has spoken honestly about his struggles with addition.

On top of that, Manfred is concerned about making the punishment too harsh. Hamilton's past relaspes have come when he's been away from the game. Manfred reportedly is not close to making a final decision on Hamilton's punishment at this time. 

Hamilton was already expected to miss the beginning of the season due to a shoulder surgery. It's unclear how much longer he'll be out due to a suspension.

Angels, Huston Street haven't talked extension yet
by Chris Cwik |
(1:11 am ET) The Angels and closer Huston Street have not talked about an extension yet, according to

Both sides are reportedly interested in a deal, but Street wanted to wait a week in order to settle in to camp. Once that happens, the two sides are expected to start negotiating a new deal. Street is entering the final year of his contract, and will make $7 million in 2015.

Street, 31, posted a 1.37 ERA over 59 1/3 innings last year.

Phillies' Ryan Howard working on his swing
by Chris Cwik |
(12:20 am ET) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is working on his swing, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

Howard has spent time working with Charlie Manuel during camp. Manuel was brought in as spring training hitting instructor. Manager Ryan Sandberg has noticed the change in Howard's approach already. "As far as making some adjustments there, to really zone in to something that can really be productive for him and a little bit more consistent," Sandberg said. "I think there has been a little tweaking going on there."

Howard apparently has looked different at the plate. His stance has been described as "looser" and his hands are much lower when he starts his swing. 

The 35-year-old hit .223/.310/.380 over 569 at-bats last year. 

Dodgers unsure how Grandal, Ellis will split time
by Chris Cwik |
(2/26/2015) The Dodgers aren't sure how they'll platoon their two catchers, according to the Orange County Register.

A.J. Ellis has been the team's primary option the past few seasons, but the club brought in Yasmani Grandal during the offseason. While Grandal has a much higher offensive upside, it's unclear how much he'll play once the regular season begins. 

"There’s nothing going to come out of this camp where we’re going to say, ‘OK, this guy is going to start 72 percent of the time’" general manager Andrew Friedman said. "It’s going to be much more about Donnie (Mattingly) writing the lineup each and every day for what gives us the best chance to win that day."

Mattingly admitted that Grandal has "tremendous upside offensively," so it's possible he could lead that way more often. While Mattingly has indicated that he doesn't want to assign any personal catchers yet, there's a sense Ellis could be used when Clayton Kershaw is on the mound. 

Grandal hit .225/.327/.401 over 377 at-bats last year. Ellis hit .191/.323/.254 over 283 at-bats. 

Giants sign Ronny Cedeno to minor-league deal
by Chris Cwik |
(2/26/2015) The Giants have signed infielder Ronny Cedeno to a minor-league deal, according to the PCL transactions page.

Cedeno, 32, spent most of the year in the minors. He hit .313/.368/.431 over 281 at-bats in Triple-A. Cedeno received nine at-bats with the Phillies, but failed to record a hit. 

Brewers' Scooter Gennett glad to have full-time role
by Chris Cwik |
(2/26/2015) Brewers infielder Scooter Gennett is glad to have a full-time role heading into 2015, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Gennett spent last season in a platoon with Rickie Weeks, but with Weeks gone, he'll assume the full-time role. Gennett said he feels far less stressed about his position on the team this spring. "Seeing as I'm pretty much the everyday guy, that eliminated the stress, or whatever you want to call it, off my back," he said. 

"Just not having to worry about stuff out of my control. I've put myself in this position where I've earned the job, I've shown them what I can do, and now it's about consistently doing it," he added. 

Manager Ron Roenicke has already said he'll give Gennett plenty of opportunities to prove himself against left-handers. 

Gennett, 24, hit .289/.320/.434 over 440 at-bats last season. 

Cubs' Arismendy Alcantara will play all over the place
by Chris Cwik |
(2/26/2015) Cubs utility man Arismendy Alcantara is going to play a lot of positions this season, according to ESPN.

Alcantara saw time in center last season, but the team's trade for Dexter Fowler will alter his role. Alcantara says he's ready for the challenge. "Mentally you have to be ready for that," Alcantara said. "They want me to play second base and the outfield." He's also expected to see some time at third base. 

Manager Joe Maddon is glad to have such a versatile player on the team. "When you get a guy like that and you want to give someone a rest, you don't feel like you're losing anything," Joe Maddon said. "And the big attraction there is also in-game. It's like having an extra guy on the bench."

The 23-year-old Alcantara hit .205/.254/.367 over 278 at-bats last year. 

Rockies ask Corey Dickerson to be more patient
by Chris Cwik |
(2/26/2015) The Rockies want Corey Dickerson to be a little more patient at the plate, according to

Dickerson had a breakout season in 2014, hitting .312/.364/.567 over 436 at-bats. He walked in 7.7 percent of his plate appearances, which was actually just above the league average. Still, the team wants Dickerson to be slightly less of a free-swinging this year.

"I talked to Corey about adding this much discipline to his game," manager Walt Weiss said. "We don't want that much, because then he wouldn't be Corey Dickerson." Weiss explained that it's difficult to deliver this type of message, as Dickerson's aggressiveness makes him effective. 

Dickerson said he would work harder to study pitchers and work on his approach during games. 

The 25-year-old is expected to open the year as the team's starter in left.

Marlins unlikely to add reliever now
by Chris Cwik |
(2/26/2015) The Marlins are unlikely to add a reliever now that Francisco Rodriguez is off the market, according to

The Marlins were involved in negotiations for K-Rod through at least Wednesday, and were reportedly willing to offer $10 million over two years. The club has been looking for a veteran reliever for some time, but may pass now that Rodriguez has signed with the Brewers.

Both Rafael Soriano and Phil Coke have been connected to Miami, but the team would likely only sign those players to minor-league contracts.

Diamondbacks' Chase Anderson a favorite for the rotation
by Chris Cwik |
(2/26/2015) The Diamondbacks consider Chase Anderson a favorite to break camp in the rotation, according to

The club wants to create a lot of competition for the rotation, and it was initially believed Anderson would be competing for a spot. General manager Dave Stewart sort of quashed those rumors, saying he perceives Anderson as a strong favorite right now. "Chase Anderson won nine games for us last year; you have to strongly consider him as part of our rotation," Stewart said. 

Anderson is expected to pair with Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson for now. The club will determine the final two spots in the rotation during camp.

Anderson, 27, posted a 4.01 ERA over 114 1/3 innings last year.