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2014 Draft Prep: AL only Rotisserie draft

Senior Fantasy Writer

Granted, we've tackled the 12-team AL-only Rotisserie format once already, posting the results of our auction three short weeks ago, but a traditional snake draft this time around seemed so difficult by comparison.

That's the nature of the game. With a draft, you're giving up control. You don't get to make your team exactly the way you want it, instead settling for the best of what's left when your turn comes up. Particularly in a format as deep as this one, where position scarcity hardly counts for anything since every position will run out of worthwhile options before anyone drafts a complete lineup, strategizing can help only so much.

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Obviously, in a Rotisserie format, maintaining the balance between power and speed while remaining cognizant of batting average is paramount, and in a league-specific format, where nearly everyone with a job gets drafted, you won't have a prayer of competing in ERA and WHIP if you don't pay close enough attention to starting pitcher.

So I kept things simple, for the most part, drafting the players I thought would best deliver the numbers I needed most and letting the positions sort themselves out.

Judging by the results, not everyone approached it that way. The reaches especially stand out at first base, beginning with Eric Hosmer early in Round 2 -- and I say that as one of Hosmer's biggest supporters. We tend to think of first base as a deep position, and it normally is, but in a 12-team AL-only league, unless you're willing to put your faith in Mark Teixeira or Corey Hart, there aren't enough "safe" options to go around. Kendrys Morales, sign already!

Stolen bases are also in short supply, which explains Jose Altuve in Round 2 and Alexei Ramirez in Round 6. By the end of Round 8, all the players you could trust to deliver 20 or more were gone, unless you count hitless wonder Alcides Escobar or bench hopeful Jarrod Dyson. Unproven types like Lorenzo Cain and Jackie Bradley offer some inkling of hope in that category, but you'll have to reach for them.

I was a little disappointed this particular group didn't target closers earlier, considering how scarce saves have the potential to be in a league-specific format. Only 15 players are actively contributing in the category at any one time, which works out to slightly more than one per team in a league of this size. It was one of those situations where nobody wanted to be the one to start the run, so even though Greg Holland in Round 4 might have led to one in some leagues, we were all content to sit back and wait to see what everyone else did, myself included. When the run finally came in Round 9, though, it went fast, leaving some owners without a chance to react. Safe to say they regretted not acting sooner.

As with every draft that includes them, the DH-only types lasted well beyond where their projected numbers say they should go. Not so much David Ortiz in this one, but Billy Butler in Round 7 and Victor Martinez in Round 9 both stand out as far more productive than the hitters going around them. Just something to keep in mind if you're one who normally chooses to keep his utility spot flexible.

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The best pick, apart from the anomalies at relief pitcher and DH, may have been Justin Masterson in Round 7. If not for an injury-shortened September, he would have had 200 strikeouts last year, and any other starting pitcher who offers any real assurance of that was gone by Round 4. The worst pick was probably Jonathan Villar in Round 4. If Joe Polito was desperate for steals, I could understand the reach a little more, but he already went the extra mile to secure a bunch with Leonys Martin a round earlier.

Who else was making picks in this draft? See for yourself:

1. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Sergio Gonzalez, Producer/Editor
3. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
4. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
6. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
7. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Sports
9. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
10. Adam Aizer, Host, Fantasy Baseball Today
11. Chris Cwik, Fantasy Writer
12. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Di Fino Mike Trout, OF, LAA
2 Gonzalez Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
3 Melchior Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
4 Eisenberg Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY
5 Hurcomb Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
6 Tobin Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX
7 White Adam Jones, OF, BAL
8 Madden Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
9 Mello Alex Rios, OF, TEX
10 Aizer Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
11 Cwik Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
12 Polito Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Polito Yu Darvish, P, TEX
14 Cwik Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX
15 Aizer Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
16 Mello Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
17 Madden Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK
18 White Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
19 Tobin Max Scherzer, P, DET
20 Hurcomb Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
21 Eisenberg Felix Hernandez, P, SEA
22 Melchior Joe Mauer, C, MIN
23 Gonzalez Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
24 Di Fino Chris Sale, P, CHW
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Di Fino Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
26 Gonzalez Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
27 Melchior Justin Verlander, P, DET
28 Eisenberg Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
29 Hurcomb David Ortiz, DH, BOS
30 Tobin Carlos Santana, C, CLE
31 White David Price, P, TB
32 Madden Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
33 Mello Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
34 Aizer Wil Myers, OF, TB
35 Cwik Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
36 Polito Alex Cobb, P, TB
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Polito Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
38 Cwik Anibal Sanchez, P, DET
39 Aizer James Shields, P, KC
40 Mello Jered Weaver, P, LAA
41 Madden Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
42 White Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
43 Tobin Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY
44 Hurcomb Greg Holland, P, KC
45 Eisenberg Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
46 Melchior Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
47 Gonzalez Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY
48 Di Fino Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Di Fino Matt Moore, P, TB
50 Gonzalez Koji Uehara, P, BOS
51 Melchior Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
52 Eisenberg Alex Gordon, OF, KC
53 Hurcomb Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA
54 Tobin Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
55 White Brian McCann, C, NYY
56 Madden Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
57 Mello Sonny Gray, P, OAK
58 Aizer Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
59 Cwik Salvador Perez, C, KC
60 Polito Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Polito Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY
62 Cwik Danny Salazar, P, CLE
63 Aizer C.J. Wilson, P, LAA
64 Mello Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
65 Madden Nelson Cruz, OF, BAL
66 White George Springer, OF, HOU
67 Tobin Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
68 Hurcomb Matt Wieters, C, BAL
69 Eisenberg Austin Jackson, OF, DET
70 Melchior Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
71 Gonzalez Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
72 Di Fino J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Di Fino R.A. Dickey, P, TOR
74 Gonzalez David Robertson, P, NYY
75 Melchior Corey Kluber, P, CLE
76 Eisenberg Jon Lester, P, BOS
77 Hurcomb Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS
78 Tobin Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
79 White Billy Butler, DH, KC
80 Madden Justin Masterson, P, CLE
81 Mello Yan Gomes, C, CLE
82 Aizer Jason Castro, C, HOU
83 Cwik Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA
84 Polito Chris Archer, P, TB
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Polito Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
86 Cwik Adam Eaton, OF, CHW
87 Aizer Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
88 Mello Glen Perkins, P, MIN
89 Madden Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
90 White Brad Miller, SS, SEA
91 Tobin Ubaldo Jimenez, P, BAL
92 Hurcomb Clay Buchholz, P, BOS
93 Eisenberg Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
94 Melchior Rajai Davis, OF, DET
95 Gonzalez CC Sabathia, P, NYY
96 Di Fino Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Di Fino Hiroki Kuroda, P, NYY
98 Gonzalez Victor Martinez, DH, DET
99 Melchior Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
100 Eisenberg Joe Nathan, P, DET
101 Hurcomb Grant Balfour, P, TB
102 Tobin Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
103 White Ernesto Frieri, P, LAA
104 Madden Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
105 Mello Jose Quintana, P, CHW
106 Aizer Jim Johnson, P, OAK
107 Cwik Nate Jones, P, CHW
108 Polito Fernando Rodney, P, SEA
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Polito John Axford, P, CLE
110 Cwik Casey Janssen, P, TOR
111 Aizer Tommy Hunter, P, BAL
112 Mello Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
113 Madden Ivan Nova, P, NYY
114 White Chris Tillman, P, BAL
115 Tobin John Lackey, P, BOS
116 Hurcomb Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA
117 Eisenberg Taijuan Walker, P, SEA
118 Melchior Neftali Feliz, P, TEX
119 Gonzalez Corey Hart, 1B, SEA
120 Di Fino Norichika Aoki, OF, KC
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Di Fino Jake Peavy, P, BOS
122 Gonzalez A.J. Griffin, P, OAK
123 Melchior Scott Kazmir, P, OAK
124 Eisenberg Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
125 Hurcomb Torii Hunter, OF, DET
126 Tobin Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
127 White Chris Carter, 1B, HOU
128 Madden Michael Pineda, P, NYY
129 Mello Dan Straily, P, OAK
130 Aizer Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR
131 Cwik Rick Porcello, P, DET
132 Polito Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Polito Dustin Ackley, OF, SEA
134 Cwik Omar Infante, 2B, KC
135 Aizer Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
136 Mello Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU
137 Madden Felix Doubront, P, BOS
138 White Nick Castellanos, OF, DET
139 Tobin Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN
140 Hurcomb Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
141 Eisenberg A.J. Pierzynski, C, BOS
142 Melchior Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
143 Gonzalez Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
144 Di Fino David Freese, 3B, LAA
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Di Fino Jose Iglesias, SS, DET
146 Gonzalez Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
147 Melchior Drew Smyly, P, DET
148 Eisenberg Mark Buehrle, P, TOR
149 Hurcomb Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR
150 Tobin Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
151 White Kelly Johnson, OF, NYY
152 Madden Daniel Nava, OF, BOS
153 Mello Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
154 Aizer Hector Santiago, P, LAA
155 Cwik Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA
156 Polito Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Polito Alexi Ogando, P, TEX
158 Cwik Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
159 Aizer Jake Odorizzi, P, TB
160 Mello Ricky Nolasco, P, MIN
161 Madden Martin Perez, P, TEX
162 White Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
163 Tobin Erik Johnson, P, CHW
164 Hurcomb Mike Zunino, C, SEA
165 Eisenberg Michael Saunders, OF, SEA
166 Melchior James Loney, 1B, TB
167 Gonzalez Matt Joyce, OF, TB
168 Di Fino Nick Franklin, 2B, SEA
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Di Fino Brandon Morrow, P, TOR
170 Gonzalez Josh Fields, P, HOU
171 Melchior Robbie Grossman, OF, HOU
172 Eisenberg Grady Sizemore, OF, BOS
173 Hurcomb Jackie Bradley, OF, BOS
174 Tobin John Jaso, C, OAK
175 White Yordano Ventura, P, KC
176 Madden Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW
177 Mello Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY
178 Aizer Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
179 Cwik Tyler Skaggs, P, LAA
180 Polito Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA
Round 16
Pick Team Player
181 Polito Jon Singleton, 1B, HOU
182 Cwik Yunel Escobar, SS, TB
183 Aizer Wei-Yin Chen, P, BAL
184 Mello Jason Vargas, P, KC
185 Madden Dioner Navarro, C, TOR
186 White James Paxton, P, SEA
187 Tobin Raul Ibanez, OF, LAA
188 Hurcomb Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY
189 Eisenberg Bud Norris, P, BAL
190 Melchior Jason Kubel, OF, MIN
191 Gonzalez Phil Hughes, P, MIN
192 Di Fino Joakim Soria, P, TEX
Round 17
Pick Team Player
193 Di Fino Alex Avila, C, DET
194 Gonzalez Matt Harrison, P, TEX
195 Melchior Geovany Soto, C, TEX
196 Eisenberg Josmil Pinto, C, MIN
197 Hurcomb Jarrod Parker, P, OAK
198 Tobin Erasmo Ramirez, P, SEA
199 White Jarred Cosart, P, HOU
200 Madden Zach McAllister, P, CLE
201 Mello Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
202 Aizer Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
203 Cwik Chris Iannetta, C, LAA
204 Polito Abraham Almonte, OF, SEA
Round 18
Pick Team Player
205 Polito Danny Duffy, P, KC
206 Cwik Felipe Paulino, P, CHW
207 Aizer David Murphy, OF, CLE
208 Mello Jesus Montero, C, SEA
209 Madden Jonny Gomes, OF, BOS
210 White Miguel Gonzalez, P, BAL
211 Tobin Kevin Gausman, P, BAL
212 Hurcomb Garrett Richards, P, LAA
213 Eisenberg Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN
214 Melchior David Lough, OF, BAL
215 Gonzalez Kurt Suzuki, C, MIN
216 Di Fino Jesus Guzman, OF, HOU
Round 19
Pick Team Player
217 Di Fino Drew Pomeranz, P, OAK
218 Gonzalez David DeJesus, OF, TB
219 Melchior Mike Aviles, 3B, CLE
220 Eisenberg Ryan Goins, 2B, TOR
221 Hurcomb Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC
222 Tobin Bruce Chen, P, KC
223 White Chad Qualls, P, HOU
224 Madden Kelvin Herrera, P, KC
225 Mello Jesse Crain, P, HOU
226 Aizer Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX
227 Cwik L.J. Hoes, OF, HOU
228 Polito Logan Forsythe, 2B, TB
Round 20
Pick Team Player
229 Polito Tyler Flowers, C, CHW
230 Cwik Matt Davidson, 3B, CHW
231 Aizer Byron Buxton, OF, MIN
232 Mello Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB
233 Madden David Phelps, P, NYY
234 White Derek Norris, C, OAK
235 Tobin Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
236 Hurcomb Scott Feldman, P, HOU
237 Eisenberg Trevor Bauer, P, CLE
238 Melchior Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA
239 Gonzalez Sergio Santos, P, TOR
240 Di Fino Leury Garcia, 2B, CHW
Round 21
Pick Team Player
241 Di Fino Henry Urrutia, DH, BAL
242 Gonzalez Delmon Young, OF, BAL
243 Melchior Derek Holland, P, TEX
244 Eisenberg John Danks, P, CHW
245 Hurcomb Colby Lewis, P, TEX
246 Tobin Junichi Tazawa, P, BOS
247 White Cody Allen, P, CLE
248 Madden Ryan Raburn, OF, CLE
249 Mello Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
250 Aizer Robbie Ross, P, TEX
251 Cwik Drew Hutchison, P, TOR
252 Polito Kyle Drabek, P, TOR
Round 22
Pick Team Player
253 Polito Brad Peacock, P, HOU
254 Cwik Marcus Stroman, P, TOR
255 Aizer Eduardo Nunez, SS, NYY
256 Mello Mike Carp, OF, BOS
257 Madden J.P. Arencibia, C, TEX
258 White Michael Choice, OF, TEX
259 Tobin Luke Gregerson, P, OAK
260 Hurcomb Brett Oberholtzer, P, HOU
261 Eisenberg Jeremy Guthrie, P, KC
262 Melchior Scott Baker, P, SEA
263 Gonzalez Ryan Hanigan, C, TB
264 Di Fino Stephen Vogt, C, OAK
Round 23
Pick Team Player
265 Di Fino Jake McGee, P, TB
266 Gonzalez Grant Green, 2B, LAA
267 Melchior Jerome Williams, P, HOU
268 Eisenberg Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CHW
269 Hurcomb Alberto Callaspo, 3B, OAK
270 Tobin Ryan Flaherty, 2B, BAL
271 White Marcus Semien, 3B, CHW
272 Madden Shaun Marcum, P, CLE
273 Mello Pedro Florimon, SS, MIN
274 Aizer Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY
275 Cwik Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B, DET
276 Polito Max Stassi, C, HOU
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
2.3 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
3.10 Wil Myers, OF, TB
4.3 James Shields, P, KC
5.10 Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
6.3 C.J. Wilson, P, LAA
7.10 Jason Castro, C, HOU
8.3 Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
9.10 Jim Johnson, P, OAK
10.3 Tommy Hunter, P, BAL
11.10 Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR
12.3 Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
13.10 Hector Santiago, P, LAA
14.3 Jake Odorizzi, P, TB
15.10 Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
16.3 Wei-Yin Chen, P, BAL
17.10 Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
18.3 David Murphy, OF, CLE
19.10 Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX
20.3 Byron Buxton, OF, MIN
21.10 Robbie Ross, P, TEX
22.3 Eduardo Nunez, SS, NYY
23.10 Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY
Chris Cwik
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
2.2 Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX
3.11 Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
4.2 Anibal Sanchez, P, DET
5.11 Salvador Perez, C, KC
6.2 Danny Salazar, P, CLE
7.11 Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA
8.2 Adam Eaton, OF, CHW
9.11 Nate Jones, P, CHW
10.2 Casey Janssen, P, TOR
11.11 Rick Porcello, P, DET
12.2 Omar Infante, 2B, KC
13.11 Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA
14.2 Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
15.11 Tyler Skaggs, P, LAA
16.2 Yunel Escobar, SS, TB
17.11 Chris Iannetta, C, LAA
18.2 Felipe Paulino, P, CHW
19.11 L.J. Hoes, OF, HOU
20.2 Matt Davidson, 3B, CHW
21.11 Drew Hutchison, P, TOR
22.2 Marcus Stroman, P, TOR
23.11 Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B, DET
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Mike Trout, OF, LAA
2.12 Chris Sale, P, CHW
3.1 Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
4.12 Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
5.1 Matt Moore, P, TB
6.12 J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
7.1 R.A. Dickey, P, TOR
8.12 Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU
9.1 Hiroki Kuroda, P, NYY
10.12 Norichika Aoki, OF, KC
11.1 Jake Peavy, P, BOS
12.12 David Freese, 3B, LAA
13.1 Jose Iglesias, SS, DET
14.12 Nick Franklin, 2B, SEA
15.1 Brandon Morrow, P, TOR
16.12 Joakim Soria, P, TEX
17.1 Alex Avila, C, DET
18.12 Jesus Guzman, OF, HOU
19.1 Drew Pomeranz, P, OAK
20.12 Leury Garcia, 2B, CHW
21.1 Henry Urrutia, DH, BAL
22.12 Stephen Vogt, C, OAK
23.1 Jake McGee, P, TB
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY
2.9 Felix Hernandez, P, SEA
3.4 Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
4.9 Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
5.4 Alex Gordon, OF, KC
6.9 Austin Jackson, OF, DET
7.4 Jon Lester, P, BOS
8.9 Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
9.4 Joe Nathan, P, DET
10.9 Taijuan Walker, P, SEA
11.4 Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
12.9 A.J. Pierzynski, C, BOS
13.4 Mark Buehrle, P, TOR
14.9 Michael Saunders, OF, SEA
15.4 Grady Sizemore, OF, BOS
16.9 Bud Norris, P, BAL
17.4 Josmil Pinto, C, MIN
18.9 Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN
19.4 Ryan Goins, 2B, TOR
20.9 Trevor Bauer, P, CLE
21.4 John Danks, P, CHW
22.9 Jeremy Guthrie, P, KC
23.4 Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CHW
Sergio Gonzalez
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
2.11 Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
3.2 Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
4.11 Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY
5.2 Koji Uehara, P, BOS
6.11 Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
7.2 David Robertson, P, NYY
8.11 CC Sabathia, P, NYY
9.2 Victor Martinez, DH, DET
10.11 Corey Hart, 1B, SEA
11.2 A.J. Griffin, P, OAK
12.11 Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
13.2 Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
14.11 Matt Joyce, OF, TB
15.2 Josh Fields, P, HOU
16.11 Phil Hughes, P, MIN
17.2 Matt Harrison, P, TEX
18.11 Kurt Suzuki, C, MIN
19.2 David DeJesus, OF, TB
20.11 Sergio Santos, P, TOR
21.2 Delmon Young, OF, BAL
22.11 Ryan Hanigan, C, TB
23.2 Grant Green, 2B, LAA
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
2.8 Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
3.5 David Ortiz, DH, BOS
4.8 Greg Holland, P, KC
5.5 Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA
6.8 Matt Wieters, C, BAL
7.5 Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS
8.8 Clay Buchholz, P, BOS
9.5 Grant Balfour, P, TB
10.8 Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA
11.5 Torii Hunter, OF, DET
12.8 Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
13.5 Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR
14.8 Mike Zunino, C, SEA
15.5 Jackie Bradley, OF, BOS
16.8 Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY
17.5 Jarrod Parker, P, OAK
18.8 Garrett Richards, P, LAA
19.5 Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC
20.8 Scott Feldman, P, HOU
21.5 Colby Lewis, P, TEX
22.8 Brett Oberholtzer, P, HOU
23.5 Alberto Callaspo, 3B, OAK
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
2.5 Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK
3.8 Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
4.5 Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
5.8 Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
6.5 Nelson Cruz, OF, BAL
7.8 Justin Masterson, P, CLE
8.5 Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
9.8 Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
10.5 Ivan Nova, P, NYY
11.8 Michael Pineda, P, NYY
12.5 Felix Doubront, P, BOS
13.8 Daniel Nava, OF, BOS
14.5 Martin Perez, P, TEX
15.8 Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW
16.5 Dioner Navarro, C, TOR
17.8 Zach McAllister, P, CLE
18.5 Jonny Gomes, OF, BOS
19.8 Kelvin Herrera, P, KC
20.5 David Phelps, P, NYY
21.8 Ryan Raburn, OF, CLE
22.5 J.P. Arencibia, C, TEX
23.8 Shaun Marcum, P, CLE
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
2.10 Joe Mauer, C, MIN
3.3 Justin Verlander, P, DET
4.10 Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
5.3 Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
6.10 Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
7.3 Corey Kluber, P, CLE
8.10 Rajai Davis, OF, DET
9.3 Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
10.10 Neftali Feliz, P, TEX
11.3 Scott Kazmir, P, OAK
12.10 Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
13.3 Drew Smyly, P, DET
14.10 James Loney, 1B, TB
15.3 Robbie Grossman, OF, HOU
16.10 Jason Kubel, OF, MIN
17.3 Geovany Soto, C, TEX
18.10 David Lough, OF, BAL
19.3 Mike Aviles, 3B, CLE
20.10 Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA
21.3 Derek Holland, P, TEX
22.10 Scott Baker, P, SEA
23.3 Jerome Williams, P, HOU
Igor Mello
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Alex Rios, OF, TEX
2.4 Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
3.9 Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
4.4 Jered Weaver, P, LAA
5.9 Sonny Gray, P, OAK
6.4 Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
7.9 Yan Gomes, C, CLE
8.4 Glen Perkins, P, MIN
9.9 Jose Quintana, P, CHW
10.4 Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
11.9 Dan Straily, P, OAK
12.4 Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU
13.9 Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
14.4 Ricky Nolasco, P, MIN
15.9 Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY
16.4 Jason Vargas, P, KC
17.9 Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
18.4 Jesus Montero, C, SEA
19.9 Jesse Crain, P, HOU
20.4 Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB
21.9 Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
22.4 Mike Carp, OF, BOS
23.9 Pedro Florimon, SS, MIN
Joe Polito
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
2.1 Yu Darvish, P, TEX
3.12 Alex Cobb, P, TB
4.1 Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
5.12 Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU
6.1 Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY
7.12 Chris Archer, P, TB
8.1 Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
9.12 Fernando Rodney, P, SEA
10.1 John Axford, P, CLE
1.12 Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW
12.1 Dustin Ackley, OF, SEA
13.12 Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
14.1 Alexi Ogando, P, TEX
15.12 Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA
16.1 Jon Singleton, 1B, HOU
17.12 Abraham Almonte, OF, SEA
18.1 Danny Duffy, P, KC
19.12 Logan Forsythe, 2B, TB
20.1 Tyler Flowers, C, CHW
21.12 Kyle Drabek, P, TOR
22.1 Brad Peacock, P, HOU
23.12 Max Stassi, C, HOU
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX
2.7 Max Scherzer, P, DET
3.6 Carlos Santana, C, CLE
4.7 Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY
5.6 Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
6.7 Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
7.6 Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
8.7 Ubaldo Jimenez, P, BAL
9.6 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
10.7 John Lackey, P, BOS
11.6 Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
12.7 Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN
13.6 Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
14.7 Erik Johnson, P, CHW
15.6 John Jaso, C, OAK
16.7 Raul Ibanez, OF, LAA
17.6 Erasmo Ramirez, P, SEA
18.7 Kevin Gausman, P, BAL
19.6 Bruce Chen, P, KC
20.7 Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
21.6 Junichi Tazawa, P, BOS
22.7 Luke Gregerson, P, OAK
23.6 Ryan Flaherty, 2B, BAL
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Adam Jones, OF, BAL
2.6 Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
3.7 David Price, P, TB
4.6 Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
5.7 Brian McCann, C, NYY
6.6 George Springer, OF, HOU
7.7 Billy Butler, DH, KC
8.6 Brad Miller, SS, SEA
9.7 Ernesto Frieri, P, LAA
10.6 Chris Tillman, P, BAL
11.7 Chris Carter, 1B, HOU
12.6 Nick Castellanos, OF, DET
13.7 Kelly Johnson, OF, NYY
14.6 Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
15.7 Yordano Ventura, P, KC
16.6 James Paxton, P, SEA
17.7 Jarred Cosart, P, HOU
18.6 Miguel Gonzalez, P, BAL
19.7 Chad Qualls, P, HOU
20.6 Derek Norris, C, OAK
21.7 Cody Allen, P, CLE
22.6 Michael Choice, OF, TEX
23.7 Marcus Semien, 3B, CHW

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Dodgers unsure how Grandal, Ellis will split time
by Chris Cwik |
(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 |
(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 |
(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 |
(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 |
(2/26/2015) The Rockies want Corey Dickerson to be a little more patient at the plate, according to

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 |
(2/26/2015) The Marlins are unlikely to add a reliever now that Francisco Rodriguez is off the market, according to

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 |
(2/26/2015) The Diamondbacks consider Chase Anderson a favorite to break camp in the rotation, according to

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.

Indians' Francona: Swisher 'swinging the bat really well'
by Chris Cwik |
(2/26/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona has been satisfied with Nick Swisher's performance during batting practice, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

"He's swinging the bat really well," Francona said. "He's under control and he probably has to be (because of his knees). But he's using the whole field. He really looks good." 

Swisher has been working with the team's hitting coaches on trying to go up the middle more often. Francona said that strategy has already translated to his batting practice sessions. 

Running still remains an issue for Swisher, however. He was able to do some drills on Thursday, but reportedly looked uncomfortable during the session. The club expects he'll be ready for games in mid-March.

Swisher, 34, hit .208/.278/.331 over 360 at-bats last year. 

Rockies' Jordan Lyles hoping new changeup leads to success
by Chris Cwik |
(2/26/2015) Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles is hoping a new changeup will lead to success this season, according to the Denver Post

Lyles started experimenting with a split-change last year, and spent all offseason honing the pitch. I've been working on that all offseason," Lyles said. "I wasn't paying too much attention to my curveball and cutter. I really wanted to give a bigger gap between mph."

Manager Walt Weiss came away impressed with the offering. "His confidence in that pitch has skyrocketed," he said. Weiss added that he views Lyles as "a staple for [the Rockies."

Lyles is expected to open the year in the team's rotation. He posted a 4.33 ERA over 126 2/3 innings last season.

Royals looking at Joe Blanton as a reliever
by Chris Cwik |
(2/26/2015) The Royals will use Joe Blanton as a reliever, according to

Blanton has not pitched in the majors since 2013. While he started 20 games that season, the Royals view him strictly as a reliever. "The only way he is really going to help us is in the bullpen," manager Ned Yost said. "We're not going to stretch him out [to be a starter]."

Blanton posted a 6.04 ERA over 132 2/3 innings in 2013. He'll compete for a job in the Royals bullpen this spring.