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2014 Draft Prep: 12-team Roto mock (2/6)

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Our latest mock draft -- a 12-team mixed 5x5 Rotisserie affair -- started off predictably enough, with Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew McCutchen being taken with the opening picks. It didn't take long for things to get interesting, though. The lack of "sure things" even in the early rounds created conundrums for owners that resulted in some surprising picks.

Owners saw fit to gamble first-round picks on post-suspension Ryan Braun (seventh overall), injury-risk Carlos Gonzalez (eighth overall), regression candidate Chris Davis (ninth overall), inconsistent Hanley Ramirez (10th overall) and Bryce Harper (11th overall), who has elite potential but has yet to perform at an elite level. In fact, the early pick used on Harper set a trend of aggressive pursuit of young talent, as Yasiel Puig went in the second round, Jose Fernandez and Jean Segura were taken in the third round and Billy Hamilton went off the board in the fifth round.

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Not every risky player got the benefit of the doubt. Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Bautista, neither of whom has played as many as 125 games in either of the last two seasons, weren't nabbed until the third round, being taken after steadier but less exciting types like Adam Jones, Freddie Freeman, Jason Kipnis and Dustin Pedroia. Due to his lingering ankle injury, Matt Kemp was not taken until the fourth round, even later than Matt Carpenter and Ian Desmond.

Throughout the first nine rounds, a steady stream of starting pitchers were being taken, as owners filled out their No. 1 and 2 starter slots, largely with the usual suspects. As has been the case in earlier mocks this offseason, once owners were considering candidates for their No. 3 slot, the bell to signal the run on young, high-upside starters was rung. The 10th-round selection of Gerrit Cole started this draft's run, and Michael Wacha, Tony Cingrani, Sonny Gray and Danny Salazar were all gone within the next 24 picks. Once that spree ended, owners were so uninspired about the remaining starting pitchers that only two were taken over the next 30 selections.

The first reliever was taken in the sixth round, though it wasn't the one who usually gets the closer run going. It was Aroldis Chapman, not Craig Kimbrel, who went first among relievers, but once Kimbrel was taken in the eighth round, the action on closers started to pick up, with Kenley Jansen, Greg Holland and Trevor Rosenthal getting claimed over the following 11 picks. If you are expecting closers like Koji Uehara, Sergio Romo and Glen Perkins to be roughly as valuable as the top five relievers who were taken here, and if this mock was any indication of how your draft might unfold, waiting to draft one of them is a strategy that could pay off. Only Uehara was taken during the span between the early ninth round and the late 12th round.

Interested in one of the international free agents set to debut this year, but not sure how to value them in Roto? In this draft, Masahiro Tanaka was a 12th round pick, while Jose Abreu went in the 13th round and Alexander Guerrero and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez were last-round selections.

These are the owners who toiled in the draft room, making all of this happen.

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

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

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Mariners' Roenis Elias solid on Thursday but takes loss vs. Sox
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:12 pm ET) Making a spot start for the Mariners, left-hander Roenis Elias pitched fairly well against the White Sox on Thursday. Elias allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter, but the Mariners lost the game 4-2.

Elias (4-7, 4.20 ERA) surrendered an unearned run in the first inning, but then he gave up two runs in the third and another in the fifth. All-in-all, it was a strong showing for Elias. But the Mariners did not give him much run support to work with, as they were held off the scoreboard through the first six innings.

This was Elias' first big-league outing since the beginning of July, as he had been toiling in the minor leagues for the last six weeks or so. 


White Sox RP David Roberts makes quick work of Mariners for save
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:05 pm ET) White Sox closer David Robertson retired the side in order, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect the 4-2 win over the Mariners on Thursday. Robertson needed just 10 pitches, en route to his 27th save of the season.

Robertson has now converted four consecutive save chances.


In rematch, White Sox SP Carlos Rodon beats Mariners
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:01 pm ET) White Sox starter Carlos Rodon tossed another fine outing against the Mariners on Thursday. Rodon allowed two runs on three hits over six-plus innings. He walked three and struck out five, earning the victory in the 4-2 win.

Rodon (6-5, 4.15 ERA) blanked the Mariners over his first six innings. Rodon started the seventh inning, but he walked the first batter he faced and then gave up a two-run home run to Franklin Gutierrez for the only damage against him.

On Saturday, Rodon took a no-decision against these same Mariners. But Thursday he was able to pick up the victory. In five August starts, Rodon went 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA.


Nationals' Jonathan Papelbon survives shaky outing for 21st save
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:45 pm ET) Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon allowed a run to score in the ninth inning, but was able to bounce back and close out the 4-2 victory over the Padres on Thursday. Papelbon picked up his 21st save of the season, and his fourth as a member of the Nationals.

Papelbon has now given up three runs in eight outings since coming to Washington in a trade at the end of July. Overall this season, he is a perfect 21-for-21 in save opportunities and owns an impressive 1.85 ERA.


Padres SP Andrew Cashner effective, but takes loss Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:42 pm ET) Padres starter Andrew Cashner pitched well against the Nationals on Thursday, but the Padres were unable to offer much in the way of offensive support. Cashner allowed three runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out six, but the Padres dropped the game 4-2.

Cashner (5-13, 4.05 ERA) kept the Nationals scoreless over the first four innings, and the Padres gave him an early 1-0 lead. But he got into trouble in the fifth inninng, when he hit a batter with the bases load, and then gave up an RBI single. Cashner then gave up a solo home run to Jayson Werth in the sixth.

All-in-all, it wasn't a bad outing for Cashner. In five August starts, Cashner went 1-3 with a 3.72 ERA.


Nationals SP Joe Ross dazzles in victory on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:36 pm ET) Nationals rookie starter Joe Ross enjoyed an excellent outing against the Padres on Thursday. The young right-hander allowed one unearned run on just one hit over six solid innings. He walked two and struck out seven, en route to the 4-2 victory.

Ross (5-5, 3.24 ERA) posted the finest start of his young career, as this was the first time he did not allow an earned run in any of his 11 outings. 

Ross made six starts in August and did not fare all that well. He went 3-2 with a 5.03 ERA in August.


Nationals CF Denard Span (hip) going back to DL on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:30 pm ET) Two days after being activated from the disabled list, Nationals center fielder Denard Span is heading back to the DL on Thursday. The Nationals placed the oft-injured Span on the 15-day DL with left hip inflammation. 

Span missed about six weeks with back tightness, and this latest ailment appears to be related to that injury. It is not yet clear if Span will need more than the minimum 15 days before returning.

The Nationals will announce a corresponding roster move on Friday.


Rays RP Brad Boxberger K's the side for 31st save Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:25 pm ET) Rays reliever Brad Boxberger needed 14 pitches to strike out the side, preserving the 5-4 win over the Twins on Thursday. Boxberger picked up his 31st save of the season with the impressive showing.

This was a solid outing for Boxberger, who had allowed a run in each of his previous three appearances.


Rays' Drew Smyly knocked around but gets no-decision Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:21 pm ET) Twins starter Drew Smyly was bailed out by his offense on Thursday, though he did not factor in the final decision. Smyly went 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Smyly was given a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but he allowed the Twins to creep back into it. He allowed a run in each of the second and third innings to tie the game. Then he gave up two runs in the fourth, including a solo home run to Eduardo Escobar. Smyly left the game trailing 4-2.

But the Rays were able to rally back and get Smyly off the hook, as they went on to win 5-4.

In three starts since returning from the disabled list, Smyly is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA.


Twins' Tommy Milone unable to hang on to lead in loss Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:14 pm ET) Twins starter Tommy Milone was roughed up a bit in his outing against the Rays on Thursday. The left-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, as the Twins lost by a score of 5-4. 

Milone (6-4, 3.86 ERA) got off to a bad start, as he allowed the Rays to score twice in the first inning, including a solo home run by Logan Forsythe.

The Twins rallied to take a 4-2 lead over the next few innings. But Milone gave up another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

Milone last pitched on Sunday, working the 12th inning and picking up his first-career save in a 4-3 win over the Orioles. In three starts since returning from the disabled list, Milone is 1-1 with a 4.93 ERA


 
 
 
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