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2014 Draft Prep: 12-team mixed Roto draft

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We can argue about how important momentum is in actual sporting events, but it's hard to dispute that the Big Mo is a big factor in Fantasy drafts.

Our recent 12-team mixed Rotisserie mock draft provided many examples of how momentum can change owners' plans and draft queues in a hurry. The first unexpected turn occurred when Edwin Encarnacion and Joey Votto went in consecutive picks -- to the same owner -- with the 12th and 13th overall selections. With Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Davis already off the board, it wasn't long before Prince Fielder was taken, depleting the elite tier of first basemen before the midpoint of the second round. Maybe that would have happened anyway, but Freddie Freeman's selection with the 22nd overall pick likely reflected some panic over the rapid disappearance of first basemen triggered by the back-to-back picks of Encarnacion and Votto.

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By Round 3, owners gave up on the first base chase to focus on outfielders and starting pitchers, and once the upper echelons of those positions were depleted, the momentum then shifted to the next tier of first basemen. After only two first basemen were selected in Rounds 3 through 5, four were taken in Round 6 alone, and another four were gone by the end of Round 9.

The concentrated focus on first basemen, outfielders and starting pitchers, along with the more sporadic attention paid to the rest of the infield positions, meant that catchers and relievers were almost completely ignored over the first 95 picks. The selection of Wilin Rosario at the end of Round 8 kicked off a furious run on catchers that saw nine backstops get taken over the span of 28 picks. Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman were seized in Round 7, but the reliever run didn't really begin until Round 12 when David Robertson was the first of 10 closers to be taken over the next three rounds.

Those who started runs on a position helped themselves to potential bargains, such as Adam Wainwright, Justin Verlander, Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp and Giancarlo Stanton in the third round, though those three outfielders all carry significant risk as well. Rosario in the eighth round, as well as relievers Greg Holland (ninth round) and Trevor Rosenthal (10th round), could also provide huge payoffs. It pays to devote attention to these runs, and even better to anticipate and start them, because it doesn't take long for the bargain picks to get drained from your queue, leaving you with middle-to-lower tier players whom you will have to overspend to get, just to ensure you get some production at a position.

If you did miss out on the beginning-of-the-run bargains, you might still luck into an injury-risk sleeper who has fallen far in the draft. Cole Hamels (shoulder) was not taken until the eighth round, Hisashi Iwakuma's (finger) selection didn't come until the 12th round, and Chase Headley (calf) slid all the way to the 15th round.

Not every draft will take as many dramatic twists and turns as this one did, but at least for this group of owners, that was the normal course of business.

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

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

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David Buchanan will compete for one of two spots in Phillies' rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:08 pm ET) Phillies starting pitcher David Buchanan said refininig his curveball has been a point of emphasis this offseason, as he prepares to compete for a spot in the rotation this spring, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I had success with (my curveball) in certain games,” he said. “It started coming along there toward the end. But it’s definitely something that has a lot of work still to go. It’s definitely something I’m working on. It’s getting better, which is all I can ask for.”

There is two spots currently open in the rotation behind Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Aaron Harang. Buchanan, Jerome Williams and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez are considered the leading candidates for the openings in the rotation. 

“There’s going to be some competition,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week. “I think that’s the only way that you can get better is by creating competition. I can’t sit here and tell you today that David Buchanan’s going to be one of our guys in the rotation, but he absolutely is going to get an opportunity to pitch in spring training and be ready and compete for one of those spots.”


Santana fine after throwing bullpen session; winter-league status is TBD
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:55 am ET) Free agent starting pitcher Johan Santana threw a bullpen session Sunday and is said to be feeling fine, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. It is now up to his Venezuelan winter league team to decide if he will pitch for them in the finals.

Santana has been dealing with some shoulder discomfort, which has put his status for the remainder of the winter-league season in doubt. Santana is hoping to latch on with another major-league team after suffering a torn Achilles in June.

The Yankees, Padres and Blue Jays are among the teams showing interest in signing the former two-time AL Cy Young award winner.


Mariners planning on batting Smith, Ruggiano in second spot in lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:31 am ET) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said he is tentatively planning to bat the right-field tandem of Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano second in the lineup, per The New Tribune.

The Mariners ranked last in the majors last season in on-base percentage (.260) from their No. 2 hitters. No other team was lower than .279.

Smith had a .367 OBP last season for San Diego, while Ruggiano had a .337 OBP in 81 games for the Cubs.


Rays' Jake McGee plays catch for first time since elbow surgery
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:25 am ET) The Rays announced Monday reliever Jake McGee played catch for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in December. McGee is still expected to miss the start of the season.

Cardinals' Carpenter hoping to build off postseason power surge
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:17 am ET) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter hit just eight home runs with a .375 slugging percentage during the 2014 regular season, but had a much better power swing in the postseason, belting four home runs and slugging .722 in nine games.

“I took a more of an aggressive approach in the postseason,” Carpenter said, per STLBaseballWeekly.com. “Part of that was from the experience that I had gathered the year before. After a long season, going into the playoffs I felt like I wasn’t as prepared as I felt like I could’ve been. It kind of snowballed and my approach and the way I took the regular season at-bat in the postseason it wasn’t playing out well.”

Carpenter said his postseason success could have a positive impact on his power numbers in 2015.

"Certainly, I’m always going to be a guy who’s patient at the plate, but that was a good learning experience for me -- being aggressive," he said. "I don’t remember the exact numbers but out of the four home runs I hit, I think three of them were on the first pitch. That’s something typically I don’t do a lot of, and it was a good learning experience.”


Tigers' Dombrowski expecting 'real big season' for Justin Verlander
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:48 am ET) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander said last week this is the best he's felt physically approaching the start of spring training in at least three years.

Apparently, the optimism doesn't end with Verlander. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated the Tigers are expecting big things from Verlander in 2015 after he posted a 4.54 ERA in 2014, failing to make the All-Star team for the first time in six seasons.

"Justin Verlander is as prime a pitcher as there is in the game of baseball," Dombrowski said, per the Detroit Free Press. "Last year, he was not the traditional Justin. But when you look at what he came back from with the surgery, I think he's going to go out and have a real big season for us."


Sleep apnea almost caused Red Sox's Mike Napoli to retire
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(10:47 am ET) Dealing with sleep apnea almost caused Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli to retire prematurely from baseball, reports the Boston Globe.

"I couldn't do it anymore, feeling the way I was feeling," Napoli said. "I was like, 'I need to have the surgery or I'm not going play anymore.' That's how bad it was."

During the offseason, Napoli underwent facial reconstruction surgery to correct the condition, which was preventing him from getting a proper night of rest.

"It was a brutal process," Napoli said. "It was probably one of the worse things I've ever done."

With the surgery a success and Napoli recovered from losing weight due to a six-week liquid diet, Napoli is now sleeping better than he ever has.

Before the surgery, Napoli turned to medication, mouthpieces and a CPAP mask, but said those problems are now behind him.

"I wake up now and I'm ready to start my day," he said. "It's great."


Angels' Jered Weaver bulks up in effort to pitch deeper into games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:36 am ET) Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver has bulked up to 224 pounds, which is six pounds heavier than he has ever been, in an effort to pitch deeper into games in 2015, per the Los Angeles Times. Weaver dropped to as low as 199 pounds during the 2014 season.

“Numbers-wise, it was all right,” Weaver said of his 2014 season (18-9, 3.59 ERA). “But from a personal standpoint, me being ultra-competitive, I want to get deeper in games.

“The bullpen helped me a lot last year. I just want to gain some strength. I went on a different weight-lifting program last year, and it’s been paying off. I’m going to stick with it.”

The average velocity of Weaver’s fastball dipped to a career-low 86.3 mph last season. However, he said the added weight gain is more for endurance than velocity on his fastball. He averaged just over six innings per start last season and has just one complete game over the last two seasons after throwing seven complete games in 2011-12.

“I don’t care about velocity -- I just want to be stronger for the whole nine innings,” Weaver said. “If velocity comes along, so be it. I think I’ve shown I can pitch from 83 to 93 mph.”


Mariners' Austin Jackson looking to bounce back in 2015
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(10:08 am ET) After being acquired by the Mariners at the trade deadline last season, outfielder Austin Jackson struggled to produce for the Mariners. In 54 games, Jackson hit .229 and Jackson said the trade affected his playing ability, reports The News Tribune.

"Not making excuses, but I think getting traded and trying to get used to the travel and the sleep - those things affect your play on the field," Jackson said.

By starting the season in Seattle, Jackson said he hopes to avoid the distractions from last season and he's looking to return to his old form.

"Hopefully, getting started here and staying here, those distractions won't be there," Jackson said.


White Sox OF Avisail Garcia dropped weight during offseason
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:02 am ET) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia dropped roughly 15 pounds during the offseason, according to MLB.com.

"I've been eating healthy, working real hard at the gym, Garcia said. "I have to be ready for spring training. I can't go there and be fat." With the weight loss, Garcia is hoping to keep his power potential. "I don't want to lose speed, I don't want to lose power," Garcia said. "I want to be in the middle. I know I can do a little bit of everything, so that's why I've been working really hard on speed, power, hitting and defense, so I can help my team win."

Garcia hit .244/.305/.413 over 172 at-bats last year.


 
 
 
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