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2014 Draft Prep: NL-only H2H mock draft

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You know you're in a the midst of a different Fantasy landscape when you're drafting and neither Mike Trout nor Miguel Cabrera comes off the board with the first pick. In most cases, if this is what you've experienced, you've walked into an NL-only draft.

NL-only leaguers have to shift gears in more ways than just rethinking the top pick, and that was apparent in our recent 10-team NL-only Head-to-Head mock draft. In mixed leagues, it pays for most owners to wait several rounds to nab a shortstop, but a majority of owners (six out of 10) filled the position by the end of the fourth round. The senior circuit is not only home to the two most popular shortstops in Fantasy -- Troy Tulowitzki and Hanley Ramirez -- but only three of the top nine shortstops in average draft position (ADP) call the AL home. Owners in this draft took advantage of the relative bounty of quality shortstops and took care of that need early, while also avoiding lower-end and risky types like Starlin Castro, Jhonny Peralta and Jimmy Rollins.

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Second base, on the other hand, is a far more scarce position in the NL than the AL. Matt Carpenter, the league's only true elite at the position, did go early, though at 11th overall, he wasn't quite deemed to have Robison Cano-in-mixed-league value. After Carpenter's departure, owners were in no hurry to dip into the depleted second base pool, with Martin Prado and Jedd Gyorko being the only other players at the position to be taken prior to Round 8.

As has been typical of our mixed league Head-to-Head mocks, owners took their time helping themselves to the strong corps of starting pitchers that are available in both leagues. Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright were both selected as first-rounders, but it wasn't until the latter half of the second round that we saw a slow trickle of starters getting taken. Once each team had secured their ace, the first true pitching run occurred in Round 6, and young, high-upside talent (e.g., Julio Teheran, Gerrit Cole, Tony Cingrani, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller) dominated the skein.

In our recent mixed league mocks, owners have started pursuing relievers in the seventh round, and even in this deep league, the trend continued. Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen were the first relievers taken, but it was the late eighth round selection of Aroldis Chapman that kicked off more widespread interest in filling RP slots. A few teams opted to fill one of their reliever slots with an RP-eligible starting pitcher, but several others decided to take their chances on a set-up reliever who might eventually inherit saves (e.g., Rex Brothers, Francisco Rodriguez, Joaquin Benoit).

Eventually in single-league drafts, the draft pool gets thin on solid producers with a stable role, and that's when we see prospects becoming poplar picks. From the 14th round on, many owners took fliers on players who are either unproven or likely to begin the year in the minors, with Archie Bradley, Chris Owings, Carlos Martinez, Noah Syndergaard, Oscar Taveras and Travis d'Arnaud being among the early prospect selections.

NL-only drafts require a certain amount of risk taking, especially in the middle rounds, but these 10 intrepid owners were up to the task.

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

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Fleming Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
2 Madden Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
3 Eisenberg Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
4 Polito Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
5 Di Fino Bryce Harper, LF, WAS
6 Melchior Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
7 Cwik Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
8 White Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
9 Tobin Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
10 Aizer Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
Round 2
Pick Team Player
11 Aizer Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL
12 Tobin Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
13 White David Wright, 3B, NYM
14 Cwik Yasiel Puig, RF, LAD
15 Melchior Hunter Pence, RF, SF
16 Di Fino Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
17 Polito Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA
18 Eisenberg Buster Posey, C, SF
19 Madden Matt Holliday, LF, STL
20 Fleming Justin Upton, RF, ATL
Round 3
Pick Team Player
21 Fleming Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
22 Madden Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
23 Eisenberg Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
24 Polito Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
25 Di Fino Jean Segura, SS, MIL
26 Melchior Mike Minor, SP, ATL
27 Cwik Jay Bruce, RF, CIN
28 White Martin Prado, 3B, ARI
29 Tobin Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
30 Aizer Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
Round 4
Pick Team Player
31 Aizer Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
32 Tobin Allen Craig, 1B, STL
33 White Matt Cain, SP, SF
34 Cwik Zack Greinke, SP, LAD
35 Melchior Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
36 Di Fino Matt Kemp, CF, LAD
37 Polito Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL
38 Eisenberg Mat Latos, SP, CIN
39 Madden Mark Trumbo, 1B, ARI
40 Fleming Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
Round 5
Pick Team Player
41 Fleming Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
42 Madden Domonic Brown, LF, PHI
43 Eisenberg Jason Heyward, RF, ATL
44 Polito Starling Marte, CF, PIT
45 Di Fino Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN
46 Melchior Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
47 Cwik Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
48 White Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
49 Tobin Yadier Molina, C, STL
50 Aizer Matt Adams, 1B, STL
Round 6
Pick Team Player
51 Aizer Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
52 Tobin Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
53 White Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
54 Cwik Wilin Rosario, C, COL
55 Melchior Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
56 Di Fino Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
57 Polito Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN
58 Eisenberg Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
59 Madden Michael Wacha, SP, STL
60 Fleming Evan Gattis, OF, ATL
Round 7
Pick Team Player
61 Fleming Shelby Miller, SP, STL
62 Madden Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
63 Eisenberg Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
64 Polito Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
65 Di Fino Andrew Cashner, SP, SD
66 Melchior Chase Headley, 3B, SD
67 Cwik Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
68 White Khris Davis, LF, MIL
69 Tobin Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI
70 Aizer Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
Round 8
Pick Team Player
71 Aizer Curtis Granderson, CF, NYM
72 Tobin Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
73 White Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
74 Cwik Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
75 Melchior Kris Medlen, SP, ATL
76 Di Fino Doug Fister, SP, WAS
77 Polito Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
78 Eisenberg Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
79 Madden Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
80 Fleming Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL
Round 9
Pick Team Player
81 Fleming Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
82 Madden A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI
83 Eisenberg Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
84 Polito Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
85 Di Fino Jason Grilli, RP, PIT
86 Melchior Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
87 Cwik Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
88 White Christian Yelich, LF, MIA
89 Tobin Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
90 Aizer Sergio Romo, RP, SF
Round 10
Pick Team Player
91 Aizer Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
92 Tobin Lance Lynn, SP, STL
93 White Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
94 Cwik Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
95 Melchior Tyson Ross, RP, SD
96 Di Fino Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
97 Polito Matt Garza, SP, MIL
98 Eisenberg Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
99 Madden Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
100 Fleming Dan Haren, SP, LAD
Round 11
Pick Team Player
101 Fleming Alex Wood, RP, ATL
102 Madden Jhonny Peralta, SS, STL
103 Eisenberg Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
104 Polito Carl Crawford, LF, LAD
105 Di Fino Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
106 Melchior Dillon Gee, SP, NYM
107 Cwik Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM
108 White Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
109 Tobin Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
110 Aizer Josh Johnson, SP, SD
Round 12
Pick Team Player
111 Aizer Addison Reed, RP, ARI
112 Tobin Huston Street, RP, SD
113 White Jim Henderson, RP, MIL
114 Cwik Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
115 Melchior Rex Brothers, RP, COL
116 Di Fino Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
117 Polito Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
118 Eisenberg Jose Veras, RP, CHC
119 Madden Tim Hudson, SP, SF
120 Fleming Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
Round 13
Pick Team Player
121 Fleming Marlon Byrd, RF, PHI
122 Madden Brett Anderson, RP, COL
123 Eisenberg Peter Bourjos, CF, STL
124 Polito LaTroy Hawkins, RP, COL
125 Di Fino Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
126 Melchior Corey Dickerson, OF, COL
127 Cwik Kyle Lohse, SP, MIL
128 White Michael Morse, LF, SF
129 Tobin Angel Pagan, CF, SF
130 Aizer Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
Round 14
Pick Team Player
131 Aizer Will Venable, RF, SD
132 Tobin Wade Miley, SP, ARI
133 White Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
134 Cwik Didi Gregorius, SS, ARI
135 Melchior Wily Peralta, SP, MIL
136 Di Fino Ben Revere, CF, PHI
137 Polito Ian Kennedy, SP, SD
138 Eisenberg Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
139 Madden Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL
140 Fleming Archie Bradley, SP, ARI
Round 15
Pick Team Player
141 Fleming Bronson Arroyo, SP, ARI
142 Madden Lucas Duda, LF, NYM
143 Eisenberg Travis Wood, SP, CHC
144 Polito Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
145 Di Fino B.J. Upton, CF, ATL
146 Melchior Carlos Quentin, LF, SD
147 Cwik Chris Owings, SS, ARI
148 White Charlie Morton, SP, PIT
149 Tobin Eric Young, LF, NYM
150 Aizer Justin Morneau, 1B, COL
Round 16
Pick Team Player
151 Aizer Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA
152 Tobin Denard Span, CF, WAS
153 White Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM
154 Cwik Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
155 Melchior Tanner Roark, SP, WAS
156 Di Fino Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
157 Polito DJ LeMahieu, 2B, COL
158 Eisenberg Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
159 Madden Carlos Martinez, RP, STL
160 Fleming Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL
Round 17
Pick Team Player
161 Fleming Edinson Volquez, SP, PIT
162 Madden Josh Beckett, SP, LAD
163 Eisenberg Ryan Ludwick, LF, CIN
164 Polito Noah Syndergaard, SP, NYM
165 Di Fino Brandon McCarthy, SP, ARI
166 Melchior Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
167 Cwik Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
168 White Joe Kelly, RP, STL
169 Tobin Oscar Taveras, CF, STL
170 Aizer Mike Leake, SP, CIN
Round 18
Pick Team Player
171 Aizer Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA
172 Tobin Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL
173 White Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
174 Cwik Nate Eovaldi, SP, MIA
175 Melchior Chris Young, CF, NYM
176 Di Fino Francisco Rodriguez, RP, MIL
177 Polito Jacob Turner, SP, MIA
178 Eisenberg Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, SP, PHI
179 Madden Miguel Montero, C, ARI
180 Fleming Joaquin Benoit, RP, SD
Round 19
Pick Team Player
181 Fleming Nate Schierholtz, RF, CHC
182 Madden Jameson Taillon, SP, PIT
183 Eisenberg Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
184 Polito Juan Francisco, 1B, MIL
185 Di Fino Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
186 Melchior Seth Smith, DH, SD
187 Cwik Gerardo Parra, LF, ARI
188 White Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
189 Tobin Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT
190 Aizer Darin Ruf, LF, PHI
Round 20
Pick Team Player
191 Aizer Paul Maholm, SP, LAD
192 Tobin Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
193 White Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
194 Cwik Edwin Jackson, SP, CHC
195 Melchior Tyler Chatwood, SP, COL
196 Di Fino Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA
197 Polito Gregory Polanco, RF, PIT
198 Eisenberg Tsuyoshi Wada, SP, CHC
199 Madden Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA
200 Fleming Alex Guerrero, 2B, LAD
Round 21
Pick Team Player
201 Fleming Andrew Heaney, SP, MIA
202 Madden Drew Storen, RP, WAS
203 Eisenberg Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
204 Polito Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
205 Di Fino J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
206 Melchior Tommy La Stella, 2B, ATL
207 Cwik Burch Smith, SP, SD
208 White Javier Baez, SS, CHC
209 Tobin Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
210 Aizer Jeff Locke, SP, PIT
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
2.1 Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL
3.10 Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
4.1 Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
5.10 Matt Adams, 1B, STL
6.1 Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
7.10 Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
8.1 Curtis Granderson, CF, NYM
9.10 Sergio Romo, RP, SF
10.1 Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
11.10 Josh Johnson, SP, SD
12.1 Addison Reed, RP, ARI
13.10 Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
14.1 Will Venable, RF, SD
15.10 Justin Morneau, 1B, COL
16.1 Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA
17.10 Mike Leake, SP, CIN
18.1 Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA
19.10 Darin Ruf, LF, PHI
20.1 Paul Maholm, SP, LAD
21.10 Jeff Locke, SP, PIT
Chris Cwik
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
2.4 Yasiel Puig, RF, LAD
3.7 Jay Bruce, RF, CIN
4.4 Zack Greinke, SP, LAD
5.7 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
6.4 Wilin Rosario, C, COL
7.7 Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
8.4 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
9.7 Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
10.4 Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
11.7 Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM
12.4 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
13.7 Kyle Lohse, SP, MIL
14.4 Didi Gregorius, SS, ARI
15.7 Chris Owings, SS, ARI
16.4 Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
17.7 Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
18.4 Nate Eovaldi, SP, MIA
19.7 Gerardo Parra, LF, ARI
20.4 Edwin Jackson, SP, CHC
21.7 Burch Smith, SP, SD
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Bryce Harper, LF, WAS
2.6 Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
3.5 Jean Segura, SS, MIL
4.6 Matt Kemp, CF, LAD
5.5 Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN
6.6 Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
7.5 Andrew Cashner, SP, SD
8.6 Doug Fister, SP, WAS
9.5 Jason Grilli, RP, PIT
10.6 Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
11.5 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
12.6 Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
13.5 Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
14.6 Ben Revere, CF, PHI
15.5 B.J. Upton, CF, ATL
16.6 Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
17.5 Brandon McCarthy, SP, ARI
18.6 Francisco Rodriguez, RP, MIL
19.5 Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
20.6 Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA
21.5 J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
2.8 Buster Posey, C, SF
3.3 Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
4.8 Mat Latos, SP, CIN
5.3 Jason Heyward, RF, ATL
6.8 Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
7.3 Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
8.8 Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
9.3 Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
10.8 Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
11.3 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
12.8 Jose Veras, RP, CHC
13.3 Peter Bourjos, CF, STL
14.8 Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
15.3 Travis Wood, SP, CHC
16.8 Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
17.3 Ryan Ludwick, LF, CIN
18.8 Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, SP, PHI
19.3 Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
20.8 Tsuyoshi Wada, SP, CHC
21.3 Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
Jameson Fleming
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
2.10 Justin Upton, RF, ATL
3.1 Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
4.10 Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
5.1 Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
6.10 Evan Gattis, OF, ATL
7.1 Shelby Miller, SP, STL
8.10 Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL
9.1 Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
10.10 Dan Haren, SP, LAD
11.1 Alex Wood, RP, ATL
12.10 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
13.1 Marlon Byrd, RF, PHI
14.10 Archie Bradley, SP, ARI
15.1 Bronson Arroyo, SP, ARI
16.10 Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL
17.1 Edinson Volquez, SP, PIT
18.10 Joaquin Benoit, RP, SD
19.1 Nate Schierholtz, RF, CHC
20.10 Alex Guerrero, 2B, LAD
21.1 Andrew Heaney, SP, MIA
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
2.9 Matt Holliday, LF, STL
3.2 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
4.9 Mark Trumbo, 1B, ARI
5.2 Domonic Brown, LF, PHI
6.9 Michael Wacha, SP, STL
7.2 Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
8.9 Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
9.2 A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI
10.9 Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
11.2 Jhonny Peralta, SS, STL
12.9 Tim Hudson, SP, SF
13.2 Brett Anderson, RP, COL
14.9 Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL
15.2 Lucas Duda, LF, NYM
16.9 Carlos Martinez, RP, STL
17.2 Josh Beckett, SP, LAD
18.9 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
19.2 Jameson Taillon, SP, PIT
20.9 Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA
21.2 Drew Storen, RP, WAS
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
2.5 Hunter Pence, RF, SF
3.6 Mike Minor, SP, ATL
4.5 Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
5.6 Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
6.5 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
7.6 Chase Headley, 3B, SD
8.5 Kris Medlen, SP, ATL
9.6 Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
10.5 Tyson Ross, RP, SD
11.6 Dillon Gee, SP, NYM
12.5 Rex Brothers, RP, COL
13.6 Corey Dickerson, OF, COL
14.5 Wily Peralta, SP, MIL
15.6 Carlos Quentin, LF, SD
16.5 Tanner Roark, SP, WAS
17.6 Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
18.5 Chris Young, CF, NYM
19.6 Seth Smith, DH, SD
20.5 Tyler Chatwood, SP, COL
21.6 Tommy La Stella, 2B, ATL
Joe Polito
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
2.7 Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA
3.4 Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
4.7 Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL
5.4 Starling Marte, CF, PIT
6.7 Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN
7.4 Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
8.7 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
9.4 Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
10.7 Matt Garza, SP, MIL
11.4 Carl Crawford, LF, LAD
12.7 Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
13.4 LaTroy Hawkins, RP, COL
14.7 Ian Kennedy, SP, SD
15.4 Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
16.7 DJ LeMahieu, 2B, COL
17.4 Noah Syndergaard, SP, NYM
18.7 Jacob Turner, SP, MIA
19.4 Juan Francisco, 1B, MIL
20.7 Gregory Polanco, RF, PIT
21.4 Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
2.2 Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
3.9 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
4.2 Allen Craig, 1B, STL
5.9 Yadier Molina, C, STL
6.2 Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
7.9 Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI
8.2 Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
9.9 Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
10.2 Lance Lynn, SP, STL
11.9 Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
12.2 Huston Street, RP, SD
13.9 Angel Pagan, CF, SF
14.2 Wade Miley, SP, ARI
15.9 Eric Young, LF, NYM
16.2 Denard Span, CF, WAS
17.9 Oscar Taveras, CF, STL
18.2 Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL
19.9 Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT
20.2 Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
21.9 Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
2.3 David Wright, 3B, NYM
3.8 Martin Prado, 3B, ARI
4.3 Matt Cain, SP, SF
5.8 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
6.3 Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
7.8 Khris Davis, LF, MIL
8.3 Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
9.8 Christian Yelich, LF, MIA
10.3 Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
11.8 Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
12.3 Jim Henderson, RP, MIL
13.8 Michael Morse, LF, SF
14.3 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
15.8 Charlie Morton, SP, PIT
16.3 Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM
17.8 Joe Kelly, RP, STL
18.3 Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
19.8 Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
20.3 Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
21.8 Javier Baez, SS, CHC

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by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:54 pm ET) Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson avoided arbitration Tuesday by agreeing to a $1.225 million salary for 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He will also receive a $25,000 bonus for 350 plate appearances.

Dyson is in his first year of arbitration. He hit .269 with one home run, 24 RBI and 36 stolen bases in 120 games in 2014.


Angels invite reliever Frank Herrmann to spring training
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:22 pm ET) The Angels announced they've invited reliever Frank Herrmann to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Herrmann, 30, spent the previous five years in the Indians' organization, last pitching in the majors in 2012.

Padres' Bud Black: Jedd Gyorko 'learned a lot' from 2014 struggles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:07 pm ET) Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko definitely went through a sophomore slump in 2014 after belting 23 home runs as a rookie in 2013. Although, dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot certainly didn't help his cause.

Still, Gyorko seems to indicate the injury wasn't the main reason he struggled offensively last season. He hit .210 with 10 home runs in 111 games.

"I think I maybe put a little too much pressure on myself," Gyorko said, per MLB.com. "We were struggling as a team. And I think all of us, not just myself, felt like we needed to come up with that big hit to get us going. It's hard to hit when you put that kind of pressure on yourself."

Gyorko missed nearly two months of games last season due to the foot injury, but once he returned, his numbers began to improve. He hit .260 with a .347 on-base percentage over his final 55 games. 

"He was better. I think he started making some adjustments, some mechanical, some at-bat to at-bat in terms of pitch selection," manager Bud Black said. "Before, you saw him chasing pitches up in the strike zone and also sliders away. I think that a lot of that was him wanting to be aggressive and wanting to help the team."

The Padres are expecting better results from Gyorko in 2015, especially with a revamped lineup that includes Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks.

"We saw in 2013 what Jedd can be, and I think there's more to Jedd based on 2013," Black said. "I think last year there were a lot of factors that went into his season that he expected or adjusted to, but that is something he's hopefully learned from. It's a tough game. You've got to work and stay on top of it. In that regard, I think he learned a lot."


Infield shifts have become an issue for players like Reds' Bruce
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:46 am ET) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is not going to use infield shifts as an excuse for his low batting average, but he admits it does play a factor, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"That's definitely taken some hits away from me," Bruce said. "I don't use it as an excuse. But the bottom line is it takes hits away. You smoke a ball up the middle and you think it's a hit. But the shortstop is playing right behind second base.

"It's definitely cut down on average. You look at a player like Mark Teixiera. He was a .300, .280 hitter. You put the shift on him. He's a guy who drives the ball, pull hitter. He uses the other side of the field some. But guys like that are hitting in the .250s."

Bruce added that beating the shift is difficult. 

"Everyone's like, 'Hit a ground ball to shortstop or hit one down the line.' Like you can do whatever you want." he said. "A lot of times, pitchers pitch to the shift. And shifts are getting more sophisticated. In New York, (shortstop Derek) Jeter was playing third, in on the grass. So you can't bunt. Ideally, you want to get a hit. It's hard to do."

Reds hitting coach Don Long said eventually hitters will be taught in the minors to beat the shift.

"Not everybody's going to be the perfect hitter and be able to do everything," he said. "But I think you're going to find guys who want to have the ability to hit to both sides of the field."


Royals invite C J.C. Boscan to spring training
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:38 am ET) The Royals signed catcher J.C. Boscan to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to multiple reports. Boscan, 35, spent 2014 with the Dodgers' organization, batting .259 with a homer and seven RBI in 52 games for Double-A Chattanooga.

Adrian Gonzalez confident in 'deeper lineup' for Dodgers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:26 am ET) Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez had an MLB-best 116 RBI in 2014, mostly batting in front of the likes of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez. While both players are no longer part of the Dodgers' batting order, Gonzalez is not worried about lineup protection, per the Los Angeles Times.

"I think we're deeper, so I don't think we're going to be so dependent on the middle of the order," Gonzalez said Monday. "People say that we lost power, but I think we just put the power in different areas of the lineup."

Some of the key acquisitions this offseason for the Dodgers have been shortstop Jimmy Rollins, catcher Yasmani Grandal and second baseman Howie Kendrick. Gonzalez is confident in the new additions to the lineup.

"They're going to battle every at-bat," Gonzalez said. "They're going to be prepared. I'm not saying that we didn't before, but I think the guys that we got are guys that are going to be tougher to game plan for. From that end, it will be a deeper lineup."


Orioles' Matt Wieters has goal of being ready by opening day
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:15 am ET) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who is throwing from 150 feet in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, said he is preparing to be ready by opening day.

"The rehab's going well and going how it's supposed to from all the talk I've gotten with Dr. (James) Andrews and my physical therapist down here and Richie (Bancells)," Wieters said, per MASNsports.com. "Everything's kind of moved along and we're preparing for me to be ready for opening day. We still have a good couple of months before we're there, so it's still going to be a lot of work to put into it, but that's what I'm preparing for. We're trying to get all the steps checked off before we get there.

"We'll see when I'm actually going to be able to get behind the plate and catch in games during spring training, but it's just a matter of making sure the arm has been tested enough to where when we do get into games with adrenaline and a little bit of pressure that we're ready to go."

Wieters added making sure his shoulder is also in good shape is part of the rehab process coming off elbow surgery.

"(Monday) we went out to 150 just to test it out a little bit," he said, "and everything has kind of checked out and we've had nothing really major to set back the progression."


 
 
 
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