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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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Padres P Tyson Ross feeling good, ready for start of season
by Dave Peters |
(7:46 pm ET) Padres pitcher Tyson Ross is feeling ready to get the season under way, according to the Press-Enterprise.

“Physically I felt good,” he said. “It’s been a good spring so far, another step in the right direction … I had a good feel for my sinker today and I was able to get some strikeouts with that, running it back away from right-handed hitters and not just using my slider.”

Ross is working on his changeup and he wants to use it more often.

“It’s kind of hard when the other pitches are working well, but it’s going to be a pitch I need to use the third time through the lineup, to get a little separation (in speed) off the fastball and slider,” he said. “I mixed in a couple today and I’m going to keep working it in.”

Manager Bud Black said that could be what he needs to get to the next level.

“It’s tough, because if you take a regular season game and he’s fighting like heck to keep the other team from scoring, you never want to get beat on your third or fourth pitch,” Black said. “The other two are so devastating, it’s tough not to go in that direction.”

Ross, 27, has a career ERA of 3.70 with 416 stirkeouts and 186 walks in five years of play.

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta does it all in start Saturday
by Brandon Wise |
(7:43 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta tossed five strike outs over four scoreless innings of work Saturday. Arrieta also added a three-run home run and an RBI double to help his own cause, something he simply called a good work day, reports

"i like it," Arrieta said. "I think it allows us to put a little speed behind me. I feel I can handle the bat well. Depending on the situation, I feel I can put a bunt down efficiently."

Arrieta feels comfortable with the bat in his hand, partially why manager Joe Maddon is considering batting the pitcher eighth in the order.

"It is the pitcher, and it seems like a break in the lineup, but we feel we can do some damage there and help us out," Arrieta said.

Astros pitcher Roberto Hernandez making final staff decision difficult
by Brandon Wise |
(7:39 pm ET) Astros pitcher Roberto Hernandez is still in the fight for the final spot on the pitching staff. He continued to prove why he belongs Saturday, allowing one run on three hits in five innings of work against the Marlins.

Manager A.J. Hinch continues to like what he's seen from the veteran, who is battling with Asher Wojciechowski, reports

"He had a nice game by getting through some very difficult jams and also getting a lot of ground balls," Hinch said. "I don't know what his total was, but it felt like they were pounding the ball into the ground, which is vintage Roberto Hernandez. There's a reason he's lasted this long in the league and you know what you're going to get and he found a way today."

Hernandez threw 71 pitches Saturday with 43 going for strikes.

"I don't think about that," Hernandez said when asked about his chances of making the team. "I want to continue my work and I never think about, 'Is it my last start?' I'm happy."

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva expecting to make team
by Brandon Wise |
(7:29 pm ET) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva wants to make sure he is on the major league roster this season, reports

After St. Louis announced the trade of Sam Freeman earlier Saturday, it opened things up for another arm to make the team. Villanueva also has an opt-out clause in his contract to be released if he is not on the roster for Opening Day.

"My preference is to stay here with this group," Villanueva said. "After that first game out there, I felt that I've thrown the ball very well. I have no regrets about how I've pitched. It's not like they haven't seen it before. I think what they needed to see from me is what they've seen in previous years. It's a decision that's out of my hands after that."

Manager Mike Matheny still doesn't know what he plans to do.

"It's coming down to the wire," Matheny said. "We probably have more questions than most clubs do late because we've given ourselves flexibility to not have it done halfway through. We're taking our time to watch these guys compete and also allowing for the potential if something doesn't go right."

Indians Closer Cody Allen changes regimen to be ready this year
by Dave Peters |
(7:15 pm ET) Indians closer Cody Allen has changed his throwing routine in order be ready to go for opening day, reports

The team has mixed in Minor League appearances with his Cactus League play.

"I think what happened the last two springs, I was ready too far ahead in the spring," Allen said on Saturday. "So, when they'd try to pull me back a little bit, I'd lose my rhythm a little bit and then try to get it again before the season started. This year, I've been able to build up to being in that perfect spot right at Opening Day."

Allen has posted an ERA of 1.50 with two walks in six innings of work this spring. Last season he finished with an ERA of 2.07 with 24 saves, throwing 91 strikeouts and 26 walks in 69 2/3 innings pitched.

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia not concerned with runs allowed
by Brandon Wise |
(7:05 pm ET) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia isn't worried about how spring training has gone so far. The former Cy Young award winner doesn't care that his numbers, an 11.57 ERA in 4 2/3 innings, look so bad, reports the New York Daily News.

"I don't give a (expletive) what stock (people) put in it," Sabathia said. "It is what it is. I've had spring trainings where I've given up a lot of runs and went out and had a good season. I've had spring trainings like last year where I didn't give up no runs and I gave up five in the first game. Y'all can put stock in whatever you want. I'm not really worried about it."

Manager Joe Girardi expressed a similar mindset.

"The bottom line is that he's right Opening Day," Girardi said. "You try to evaluate his stuff and how you feel about that. What we've seen this year is much more positive than what we’ve seen the last, you know, in velocity, the discrepancy between that and the change up and slider, so now to me it's just ironing out and being more consistent."

Braves P Shelby Miller looking forward to new start
by Dave Peters |
(7:00 pm ET) After being traded from the Cardinals, Braves pitcher Shelby Miller is looking forward to a new start with his new ball club, reports He spent his first three years with the Cardinals.

"I'm looking forward to a clean start to the season because getting traded over from St. Louis, you never really expect that," Miller said. "It's everything I've known, being drafted by them and coming through the farm system and stuff like that.

"But it's exciting. You're getting traded from a good team to another. I'm excited about the opportunity with my new teammates. I think we have a great chance to do something special here in Atlanta, and I'm looking forward to helping however I can."

Over his career, the right-hander has an ERA 3.33 with 312 strikeouts and 134 walks.

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes shines again in outing Saturday
by Brandon Wise |
(6:58 pm ET) Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes continues to impress the club with his poise and prowess on the mound, reports the Boston Herald. Barnes was called on with two runners on and two outs after previous pitcher, Stephen Wright, gave up five unearned runs.

He managed to get a groundball and get out of the inning. He finished with four strikeouts and no runs allowed  in 2 1/3 innings of work.

"It was good to be in a situation like that, coming in, especially in the middle of an inning, I haven't done that in a while, starting an inning with a guy on second and having to pitch through that," said Barnes. "I was happy with all of it."

Athletics' Tyler Ladendorf pushing for spot on Opening Day roster
by Brandon Wise |
(6:51 pm ET) Athletics utility man Tyler Ladendorf is increasing his chances by the day of making the Opening Day roster in Oakland, reports

Ladendorf, who was suspended for 50 games last year after testing positive for a drug of abuse, has turned heads just about every day he's been on the field.

"Tyler's really emerged this year for us," manager Bob Melvin said this week. "To me, he looks a lot more confident here. We put him on a roster for a reason. His versatility stands out, and we're all about versatility. He has a similar versatility to Ben Zobrist. He can play any of the outfield positions, any of the infield positions, and does well defensively, and his bat emerged last year as well. He's one that's stood out."

Ladendorf just hope it translates into a roster spot.

"Any time you got them talking about you," Ladendorf said, "you're doing something right."

Tigers P Bruce Rondon not a lock for the roster
by Dave Peters |
(6:49 pm ET) After spending last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon believes he'll be ready to go for the start of this season, reports But the pitcher is not guaranteed to make the roster.

"I know that we've been discussing it quite a bit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I do think you have to keep in mind that he came to Spring Training and hadn't pitched in a game in a long time. Whether he makes the team or not, or whether we think he needs more development, the important thing is his strength is there, the arm strength is there. In the long term or even in the near term, you would think he's going to have some impact on the Detroit Tigers. But I think your questions are fair and they're certainly questions that we've discussed."

Rondon has yet to pitch a full season at the Major League level. This spring he has an ERA of 5.68, allowing 10 hits, two home runs while walking two batters.