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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


 
 
 
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