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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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Report: Indians likely to exercise option on Mike Aviles
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:30 pm ET) The Indians are expected to exercise their $3.5 million option on versatile veteran Mike Aviles, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Aviles played outfield and all infield positions aside from first base last season in earning 344 at-bats. He finished the year with a stat line of .247/.273/.343 and tied a career-best with 14 stolen bases.

He was part of a lopsided deal before the 2013 season for Esmil Rogers in which the Indians also received emerging standout catcher Yan Gomes.


Bochy: Illness kept Tim Lincecum out of pregame ceremony
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:15 pm ET) Giants reliever Tim Lincecum declined to elaborate about his absence from pregame introductions Tuesday night, claiming he was in a back room and that he preferred not to run out in the middle of the ceremony.

Bruce Bochy, however, came up with another explanation. He said Lincecum was busy throwing up. "That's the honest truth," Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News. Lincecum, who told trainer Dave Groeschner that he was feeling ill, made it out to the bullpen after the first inning.

"He said he was good to go," Bochy said. "Timmy was available."


Pirates giving prospect Josh Bell shot at first base in AFL
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:43 pm ET) The Pirates are determined to find out if premier prospect Josh Bell can fill their longstanding hole at first base. That's why he's playing that position in the Arizona Fall League.

Bell split the first 10 games at designated hitter and first base, where he has already committed four fielding errors. His unfamiliarity with the position has proven problematic.

"Getting to feel overall comfortable has been the biggest challenge," Bell told MLB.com. "I'm sure that will come with reps. When I get more playing time, I'll be able to just run with it, react. It's definitely something different. You're a lot more active. It keeps you more in the game, always on your toes."

Bell is coming off another strong year offensively, batting .325 with nine home runs, 60 RBI and nine stolen bases at the Class A Advanced and Double-A levels combined.


C Jackson Williams hooks up with Angels
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:27 pm ET) The Angels have signed catcher and former top prospect Jackson Williams. The 28-year-old Williams finally reached the majors in late August and earned 13 at-bats with Colorado before undergoing right knee surgery.

Williams was a first-round pick of San Francisco in 2007.


Dodgers still waiting for SP Dan Haren to act on option
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:17 pm ET) The Dodgers have confirmed that veteran right-hander Dan Haren has yet to exercise his $10 million option for 2015.

Haren certainly had other concerns Wednesday, when he underwent arthrocopic surgery on his non-throwing shoulder.

The 34 year old, who did not pitch in the playoffs, finished strong in the regular season. He yielded just 10 earned runs in his last 43 innings and concluded the year at 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA and just 36 walks in 186 innings.


Twins allow reliever Jared Burton to leave for free agency
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:08 pm ET) The Twins have declined their option on veteran right-hander reliever Jared Burton, making him a free agent.

The 33-year-old Burton, who finished the year as the closer after Glen Perkins was shut down, compiled an ERA of 4.36, his worst since 2009. His control has weakened in each of his last three seasons and his strikeouts were well down in 2014.


Orioles facing dilemma in regard to future of 1B Chris Davis
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:00 pm ET) The Orioles have a difficult decision to make regarding Jekyll-Hyde first baseman Chris Davis, who followed a stunningly productive 2013 with a stunningly horrible 2014.

Davis batted .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBI before losing the last 17 games to suspension for PED use. The team might not want to risk taking him to arbitration, however, CSNBaltimore.com has speculated. Davis earned $10.35 million this season, a raise of more than $7 million from the previous year.

Further speculation is that the Orioles will not cut his salary 20 percent because they believe $8.65 million is too rich for their blood considering his monumental struggles this year. In addition, that move would likely prompt Davis to seek arbitration.


Tigers OF Torii Hunter believes he proved his worth in 2014
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:34 pm ET) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter appears to be leaning toward a return in 2015. That will allow to play into his 40s - he turns 40 in July.

Hunter maintained his consistency and productivity in 2014 by batting .286 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI while batting mostly second in the lineup. But his team was knocked out without winning a game in the postseason.

"Playing for a contender is very important to me," he told MLive.com. "But taking a lesser role will be hard for me when my core numbers are pretty good, not just for a guy that's 39 years old but also for a 22-year-old player. The last three or four months of the season, I played pretty good defense as well.

"I know that we all get older, but until I give you signs that I can't help a team, don't count me out just yet. I've been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball. Everybody knows what they are going to get."


Yost: James Shields set to start Game 5 for Royals
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:17 pm ET) Ned Yost has declared strongly that Royals ace James Shields is locked in as the Game 5 starter in the World Series despite the recent struggles of the right-hander.

Shields has yielded 11 earned runs on 23 hits in 14 postseason innings. He bottomed out Tuesday in the World Series opener against San Francisco, getting knocked out after three innings having surrendered five earned runs.


Jose Bautista hoping Melky Cabrera remains with Blue Jays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:21 pm ET) Blue Jays star teammate Jose Bautista has handicapped a return of free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera at about 50-50, per Sportsnet.

"I think he's going to allow the team a chance to come and match any offer that he might get out on the free agent market," Bautista said. "I think the Blue Jays are going to have a shot at bringing him back so hopefully for our fan base and for my sake - making my job easier and having him on base a lot, because he does get on base a lot with his bat - hopefully the team does take that chance and re-sign him somehow."

Cabrera performed well in his second season with Toronto, compiling a stat line of .301/.351/.458 and scoring 81 runs.


 
 
 
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