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2014 Draft Prep: Head-to-Head draft (2/3)

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The Mike Trout/Miguel Cabrera conundrum (who do you take first in a Head-to-Head points format?) will likely not have a solid resolution by the time actual drafts roll around. So far this preseason, we've done two H2H mocks, and both players have taken a turn occupying the top spot. On Dec. 2, Cabrera was the top pick; on Feb. 3, it was Trout. I'm not sure there's a wrong choice here, and the two will likely continue to do their dance with the first two spots through the rest of mock draft season. This looks to be more of a personal preference for the person holding the No. 1 pick than an indication of Trout suddenly looking better than Cabrera.

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The latest mock did feature a major momentum shift, though, with four pitchers (Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Adam Wainwright, and Yu Darvish) taken with the third, seventh, 11th, and 12th picks in the first round, respectively. Conversely, only one pitcher (Kershaw) was selected in the first round on Dec. 2. The reasons for this may vary -- we've had two months of outlooks, previews, and rankings to form stronger opinions; some drafters may have wanted to experiment this time around to see what teams would look like if they featured a stud pitcher; perhaps the early selection of Kershaw set a tone for starting pitchers going a little earlier. Points leagues tend to favor pitchers -- in 2013, 22 pitchers scored 500 or more points in standard formats, while only 16 hitters passed that mark. Still, 2014 seems to have an exceptionally deep pool of second-and-third-tier pitchers, so there may not be a need to stretch early for an arm. There's a very good chance the next H2H mock may revert to just Kershaw in the first round. If that isn't the case, and we see three or four starters taken in the first round again, it may be the start of a trend. Roto drafts, meanwhile, should continue to go hitter-heavy early on.

When the dust settled in this latest mock, six pitchers ended up being taken in the first three rounds, while seven were taken in the first three back in December. But 14 pitchers were taken in the first four rounds of the Feb. 3 draft, while the 14th pitcher wasn't taken until the end of the fifth round on Dec. 2. This appeared to simply be a matter of the pitcher run starting earlier in our latest mock. And, weirdly, the same five pitchers were in both runs. Stephen Strasburg, Cliff Lee, Chris Sale, Madison Bumgarner and Cole Hamels were all selected within 11 picks of one another in both drafts. So, if you want to set off a run on starters, this group seems to spark something in fellow drafters.

Some notable names for your consideration:

Matt Kemp -- who isn't sure if he'll be ready for opening day -- was taken in the fifth round, after H2H darlings Martin Prado and Adrian Gonzalez. In December, he was taken in the fourth round, ahead of Prado and Gonzalez (who were taken in the sixth).
David Ortiz, who is eligible only at utility, was taken at the end of the sixth round. He was selected in the fifth in December.
Carlos Gomez, who had over 20 homers, steals, and doubles last season, was selected in the seventh round. He went in the fifth in December.
• The first four relief pitchers taken (in order): Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, Greg Holland. In December, Holland went before Jansen, and Koji Uehara was squeezed between the two. This time around, Uehara dropped to the 11th round, below Trevor Rosenthal.
Alex Wood was the first of the starters-with-relief-pitcher-eligibility (SPARP!) to go off the board, as he was taken in the middle of the 10th round. Drew Smyly went in the 14th and Tyson Ross went in the 15th. In December, it was Wood in the 13th, Ross in the 17th, and Smyly was left undrafted.
• This was Masahiro Tanaka's mock draft debut; he was taken in the 10th round, after Alex Wood and Ubaldo Jimenez, and before Andrew Cashner and Francisco Liriano.
Billy Hamilton was taken with the first pick of the 11th round. He was selected in the 12th round in December.
Starlin Castro was taken in the 12th round, which was an improvement over his 13th round selection on Dec. 2.
• Three of the young, buzz-generating pitchers went in this order: Michael Wacha (Round 8, Pick 1), Gerrit Cole (Round 8, Pick 5), Sonny Gray (Round 9, Pick 10). In December, they went Wacha (Round 8, Pick 12), Cole (Round 10, Pick 8), and Gray (Round 12, Pick 5). So while there's now a consensus for order, it looks like Cole is closing the gap, with all three moving up.
Kole Calhoun Watch (just because): The Angels outfielder went from undrafted in December to Round 18 this time around.

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This is still an early mock draft, and these choices are far from set in stone. In fact, these mocks are as much for us staff members as they are for readers. Fists were slammed on desks and nasty(ish) comments were thrown down in the chat room as players were swiped from would-be owners. These mocks not only serve as a way to see how a team shakes out with certain choices being made (like taking a pitcher in the first round, or going exclusively after starters with reliever eligibility for the RP slots), but also gives us an idea of what everyone else is thinking and where values are for certain players. For instance, my love for Jedd Gyorko drove me to draft him in the sixth round in our December mock. After some polite commentary on that perhaps being a little overzealous from my colleagues, I waited until the ninth to strike this time, which led to a couple, "you took my Gyorko!" comments. Perhaps he goes in the eighth next time, but these mocks allow us to feel out when it's too early to take someone you like for 2014.

We have many more mocks on the way, with the promise of further fluctuation as spring training nears. But this early one helps to further the base laid down back in December.

Our participants:

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

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Braves' Tanner Murphy drawing praise from bullpen coach
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:43 pm ET) Braves catcher Tanner Murphy is feeling the love this spring. The second-year player is being tabbed by bullpen coach Eddie Perez as the guy to watch in spring training.

"He's my number one guy so far," Perez said. "It's nice to have somebody like him because you don't know what's going to happen. When you look at this kid, you know something good is going to happen."

Murphy played just 82 games of rookie ball last year.

"He's got some talent and he's got some ability," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I saw him throw to the bases. (Catching instructor) Joe Breeden has seen him the most and Joe likes him a lot."


Jim Henderson throws off mound Sunday where season ended last year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:02 pm ET) Brewers pitcher Jim Henderson completed his first session against live batters Sunday and felt a weight lift off his shoulders, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"That same mound I threw on just now was the same mound that I realized the season was over on last year, so I was thinking about that when I got out there," Henderson said.

"I was like, ‘Forget this mound.’ It was kind of one of those moments where it was like this is where it ended and this is where it's going to begin again."

Henderson threw against three batters in Sunday's practice.

"It went well," he said. "It was just more of getting the feel out there today. Seeing the hitters and getting on a game mound again, just trying to get the feel back. That’s what I was looking for out of it – that competitiveness – and that’s what I got out of it."


Cubs' Joe Maddon impressed by Kris Bryant
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:59 pm ET) Cubs manager Joe Maddon said third baseman Kris Bryant has been one of the most impressive position players this spring, reports MLB.com

"He's solid, he's motivated," Maddon said. "He's got a really nice way about him. He's really good, he knows he's really good, but he carries that very well. I like that. False humility doesn't do anything. It's kind of a worthless quality. I think his humility is sincere, but he also knows that he's good."

Despite Maddon's endorsement of Bryant, Maddon would not commit to Bryant making the Opening Day roster.

"Somewhere," Maddon said. "There's all kinds of Opening Days."


Nationals' Nate McLouth nearly done with throwing program
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:56 pm ET) Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth is getting towards the end of his throwing program to rehab his injured shoulder, reports MLB.com. But, manager Matt Williams doesn't want to take any chances with the injury flaring back up for McLouth.

"Once he gets sore, then we got to shut him down for a few days," Williams said. "So we don't want to get there."

McLouth is recovering from shoulder surgery that took place in August to repair a torn labrum. He is getting close to adding more distance to long toss.

"It doesn't hurt, and nothing I've done has made it hurt at all," McLouth said. "So it's fine. Now it's just a matter of getting more distance."


Nationals' Bryce Harper says he has to step up production
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:53 pm ET) With the Nationals losing first baseman Adam LaRoche to free agency, outfielder Bryce Harper knows he needs to increase his production, reports MLB.com.

"I'll help out for sure," Harper said. "After losing LaRoche, I have to step up a little bit. I have to do what I need to do. Our pitching is going to take us to the top, hopefully, but we still have to have offense. We have to do the things we need to do. I'm ready to go. I'll be feeling good."

Harper said the key to his success in 2015 will be sticking to his approach and not trying to overdo it.

"I have to see what [pitchers] are going to do to me, see how they approach me, really just working my pitch and not go out of my comfort zone," Harper said. "If I can do that, stay within myself and have a little bit of fun at the plate, that will go a long way."


Orioles' Jason Garcia turns heads in spring training debut Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:49 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Jason Garcia is battling to make the major-league roster this spring. If Sunday was any indication, he's got a good chance.

"He got a couple of our guys from the bench up to the top step," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Garcia threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts in the team's intrasquad scrimmage Sunday.

"It felt good. It's what you work for, throwing against those guys," Garcia said, who has never pitched above the Triple-A level. "Definitely it was a thrill. Pretty nervous out there, but it was awesome."


Braves' Todd Cunningham confident in ability to replace Upton
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:46 pm ET) Braves outfielder Todd Cunningham believes he is the perfect replacement to fill in for Melvin Upton, reports MLB.com.

"You can call me the safe bet," Cunningham said. "You can say I'm not the sexy pick or whatever you want. But I still feel I can personally bring a lot of value to a team. So, if I get a chance to compete out there, I plan to bring everything that I've got."

He added that he doesn't have one particular skill that sets him apart, but he is a good all-around player.

"I'm definitely not trying to trick anybody and I'm definitely not trying to be anything that I'm not," Cunningham said. "When I describe what kind of player I am, I wasn't gifted with unbelievable pop or blazing speed. I pride myself on doing the little things. From what I've heard, I'm the kind of player that the more you see me, the more you like me."


Dodgers' Alex Guerrero not planning to return to the minor leagues
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:26 pm ET) Dodgers second baseman Alex Guerrero is not playing to return to the minor leagues this season, reports MLB.com. The way that Guerrero's contract is constructed, the Dodgers cannot send Guerrero down to the minors without his permission.

"The team does not know what they are going to do, but all I can control is keep working hard and they will get the final word," Guerrero said. "I don't want to go down. I'm not going down. I feel like I can get better here at this level and play every day. I think that's what every player wants. You want to be in the Major Leagues and play as much as you can.

Guerrero only appeared in 11 games with Los Angeles in 2014, getting one hit in 13 at-bats.

"I just want to keep working hard and let my work speak for me," Guerrero continued. "I'm just being told to keep working hard and I feel like I'm getting better every day."


Mariners' McClendon: Fewer games for Austin Jackson in 2015
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5:22 pm ET) Don't expect for Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson to play 154 games in 2015. 

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is hoping to keep Jackson fresh for the entire season and doesn't want to burn him out. After only sitting out eight games a year ago with both the Tigers and the Mariners, McClendon is expecting for Jackson to play in fewer games during the upcoming season. 

"He played 154 games last year; that's too many for a center fielder with his frame," McClendon said, per MLB.com. "It wears you down. We're going to do our best to knock that number down a bit."

In his five-year career, Jackson has hit .274. Jackson played 100 games for the Tigers in 2014 before being dealt to the Mariners, in the middle of a game against the White Sox, just before the MLB trade deadline. 


Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker to start Cactus League opener
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:10 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker will be given the nod for Seattle when the team makes the Cactus League debut Wednesday against the Padres, reports MLB.com.

Walker is battling with Roenis Elias for the final spot in the Mariners' rotation when the season begins. Walker admits to being a little banged up early last season.

"I wasn't available to do anything -- I wasn't even playing catch [at this time last year]," Walker said before the Mariners' workout Sunday morning. "So to be able to start a game in spring and actually have a Spring Training feels good."

Walker posted a 2-3 record with a 2.61 ERA in 38 innings in 2014 and hopes he can make an impression with his start Wednesday.

"It's a game, and it's a competition," Walker said. "I'm just going to go out there and do the best that I can. So if that means I have to go out there and go full speed, then I will."


 
 
 
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