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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 R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:35 am ET) Angels pticher Matt Lindstrom can opt out of his contract if he's not placed on the active roster five days before the regular-season opener, and he believes he may not have an opening to fill in the bullpen, MLB.com reports.

"There's a ton of guys in here that have shown they can compete at this level," Lindstrom said. "I just hope I can be one of those guys that breaks camp with the team. It'd be fun to be on a team like this, that has so much potential, especially with how many games they won last year. The pitching staff's going to be solid no matter which way they go, but I'm hoping to be a part of that."

Lindstrom has given up seven runs in 4 2/3 spring innings but is excited about how his arm feels this spring.

"I can just tell the ball's coming out better," Lindstrom said. "Hopefully, that can just translate to outs."


Giants' Tim Lincecum strikes out seven Thursday
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(12:22 am ET) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks in five innings while racking up seven strikeouts in Thursday's spring start against the A's.

"It comes down to one or two pitches per inning," Lincecum said on alternating good and bad innings, per MLB.com. "I just have to keep my pitches down. The ones that they're hitting are the ones that are up. Leadoff batters are locking in to some of the first pitches."

Lincecum has dealt with neck issues and mediocre performances but has looked much better over the last week, following a one-run outing Saturday by matching his seven strikeouts in his previous four outings. He appears on track to open the season as the team's No. 5 starter.


Rockies' Brandon Barnes displays new swing this spring
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(12:16 am ET) Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes brought a brand-new swing to spring training that features a high leg kick as he looks to cut down the strikeouts and "be the best version of me," the Denver Post reports.

"I tried to refine who I am and what type of player I am in the box," Barnes said Thursday. "I'm not a guy who's going to hit 30 home runs. I know that. I'm the big guy who needs to be a pest, drive the ball into gaps, hit doubles, use my speed to my advantage, bunt, all those things."

Barnes lost 10 pounds this offseason as he looked to come to camp more athletic and less stiff in the batter's box.

"We have this tremendous athlete, and you see him in the outfield and it shows up daily," manager Walt Weiss said. "But you saw him in the box last season, and there was some stiffness to his approach. And I'm saying, 'Be that guy in the box.' It made sense to him."

Barnes indicated that he's committed to the new approach that pulls the focus away from home runs.

"I had to go back and do some soul-searching to figure out who I was," Barnes said. "I'm the guy who goes out and plays really hard."


Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo goes hitless in return Thursday
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(3/26/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (triceps) returned to the lineup Thursday, going 0 for 4 while serving as the designated hitter in his team's 6-3 win over the Rockies.

Choo had been sidelined since March 15 due to a triceps injury and was reported to be targeting a return Saturday, but he was able to remain in for the entire game Thursday, picking up four at-bats in his role as DH. He's managed just four hits in 22 at-bats this spring.


Rangers' Fujikawa confident in return from Tommy John surgery
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(3/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa is scheduled to pitch Friday, and the Rangers will be keeping a close eye on the pitcher to determine if he has fully recovered from Tommy John surgery or if he'll need time in the minors to open the season, MLB.com reports.

Fujikawa hasn't allowed a run in four Cactus League outings but has struggled a bit in two camp games. He remains confident his recovery is on track.

"This is still spring training, not the regular season," Fujikawa said. "It's only going to get better. Coming into spring training, the surgery was out of my mind. As a player, I am really confident. I am not sure what my role will be, but I'll be confident whatever the situation is."

Manager Jeff Banister is looking for the pitcher to build off his spring success.

"The guy is coming off Tommy John," Banister said. "There are good days and bad days. He has logged a couple of good ones. Let's see that continue."


Twins Trevor Plouffe wants to cement his place at third
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is completely aware of the threat that Miguel Sano brings when it comes to the third base spot. Sano is considered by many to be a can't-miss player. But Plouffe is trying not to let that affect him or his play. 

“You can’t think about anything like that,” Plouffe said. “You can’t worry about what other people are saying about you. I’m more focused on getting this organization out of this rut that we’ve dug ourselves over the last four years.”

After moving around the infield for years, Plouffe seems to have found his place at third. The 28-year-old has a batting average of .245 with 62 home runs, 224 RBI and 398 strikeouts in five seasons.


Rangers' Ross Ohlendorf (groin) leaves Thursday's game
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(3/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Ross Ohlendorf was removed from Thursday's game against the Rockies due to recurring tightness in his right groin, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Ohlendorf tossed a scoreless inning and struck out two Thursday in his first appearance since March 15 but continued to battle groin issues. He's competing for a spot in the bullpen.


 
 
 
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