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2014 Draft Prep: 12-team mixed Head-to-Head draft

Senior Fantasy Writer

Here it is: One last draft before opening day.

And by "one last draft," I mean one last mixed-league draft. And by "opening day," I mean the one you won't have to set your alarm to see.

So if you're the procrastinating sort who puts off his draft until the last possible weekend, you're in luck. You get the latest look at where we've landed with this year's player pool.

We've come a long way since November, when we had our first go at it. Since then, starting pitcher has thinned considerably. Of course, that's only happened over the last couple weeks or so, with Kris Medlen, Patrick Corbin and Jarrod Parker all suffering season-ending injuries. Brandon Beachy and A.J. Griffin could soon join them, though Griffin appears to have dodged the Tommy John bullet for now. And of course, pitchers like Cole Hamels, Hisashi Iwakuma, Mike Minor and Tajuan Walker, while not out for the season, will need at least a month before they can pitch again.

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As a result, pitchers that seemed destined for the waiver wire just a short while ago -- guys like Alexi Ogando, Martin Perez, Kyle Lohse, Tyler Skaggs, Wade Miley, Wily Peralta, Ricky Nolasco, Nate Eovaldi and Travis Wood -- are now instrumental even in leagues as shallow as this one. Yeah, it's the Head-to-Head points format, which emphasizes starting pitching more than a Rotisserie league would, but we did't go crazy or anything. Only three teams drafted as many as eight starting pitchers. I'm usually inclined to go nine in this format, hoping to maximize two-start weeks.

Trendy sleepers like Yordano Ventura, Michael Pineda and Jim Johnson continue to climb draft boards as well, reaching the point now where you can no longer expect to get them with your last pick or two. Even Carlos Martinez -- yeah, I went there -- went off the board in Round 17 in the desperate hope his dominant spring bumps the comparatively lackluster Joe Kelly from the starting rotation. If so, getting him there is a coup for the points he could provide out of the relief pitcher spot in a league where starting pitchers typically outscore closers. If not, guess I'll be digging through the leftovers at closer. They don't all get drafted in this format, where teams start only two relief pitchers and SPARPs (starting pitchers as relief pitchers) occupy many of those spots.

Speaking of SPARPs, Alex Wood in Round 11 might actually be a bargain here, given the impact he could make in this particular format. True, he's gaining value in all formats with his strong spring and the injuries to Medlen and Beachy, but again, his dual eligibility matters most in this one. My biggest regret of the draft was passing on him to double up on high-end utility possibilities Brandon Belt and Billy Hamilton at the beginning of the round, which partially prompted my gamble on Martinez later.

Overall, it was one of the more competitive drafts we've done, yielding teams with a fairly even distribution of talent, which I'll mostly credit to the Ian Desmond and Jean Segura picks in Round 4. Finally, the rest of our group has come to recognize the advantage those two offer at one of the few positions, particularly in this format, where not every team can have a player with star potential. It forced me to reach for Ben Zobrist at the start of Round 5, not wanting to have to settle at another position after already committing to waiting at second base and catcher and knowing he probably wouldn't make it back to me at the end of Round 6.

Of course, if I knew Everth Cabrera would last to Round 14, I would have gone with Carlos Santana or Justin Upton there instead. Cabrera was probably the best value in the draft, but Matt Adams at the end of Round 10 was probably the best pick. A popular breakout, he normally goes in the same range as Anthony Rizzo and Jose Abreu, who went three rounds earlier. I don't know if we were all hesitant to fill our utility spots, thinking we could always fall back on Billy Butler there (we couldn't, as it turned out 11 picks earlier), but I was cursing my colleague Igor Mello when he took Adams one pick before I was going to.

As for the worst pick, I'm going with Xander Bogaerts in Round 10. His upside is huge and you'll eventually be able to slot him at shortstop, but with minimal big-league experience at age 21, he'll have some growing pains that could make him not even worth starting in a format this shallow. You'd need to have more confidence in a breakthrough than I do to take him ahead of Cabrera, who actually outperformed Segura in Head-to-Head points per game prior to his PED suspension last year.

Now then, let's see who all made this draft possible:

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2. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
3. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
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10. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
11. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Sports
12. Al Melchior, Data Analyst

And of course, the scoring breakdown:

Scoring for Batting Categories
1B -- 1 point
2B -- 2 points
3B -- 3 points
BB -- 1 point
CS -- -1 point
HP -- 1 point
HR -- 4 points
KO -- -0.5 points
R -- 1 point
RBI -- 1 point
SB -- 2 points

Scoring for Pitching Categories
BBI -- -1 point
ER -- -1 point
HA -- -1 point
HB -- -1 point
INN -- 3 points
K -- .5 points
L -- -5 points
QS -- 3 points
S -- 7 points
W -- 7 points

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 White Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
2 Mello Mike Trout, OF, LAA
3 Richard Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
4 Towers Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
5 Eisenberg Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
6 Aizer Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
7 Tobin Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
8 Hartstein Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
9 Polito Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
10 Hurcomb Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
11 Madden Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
12 Melchior Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Melchior Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
14 Madden Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX
15 Hurcomb Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
16 Polito Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
17 Hartstein Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
18 Tobin Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
19 Aizer Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
20 Eisenberg Adam Jones, OF, BAL
21 Towers Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD
22 Richard Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
23 Mello David Wright, 3B, NYM
24 White Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 White Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
26 Mello Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
27 Richard Max Scherzer, SP, DET
28 Towers Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL
29 Eisenberg Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
30 Aizer Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX
31 Tobin Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
32 Hartstein Justin Verlander, SP, DET
33 Polito Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA
34 Hurcomb Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
35 Madden Matt Holliday, OF, STL
36 Melchior Alex Rios, OF, TEX
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Melchior Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
38 Madden David Price, SP, TB
39 Hurcomb Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
40 Polito Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
41 Hartstein Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
42 Tobin Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
43 Aizer Chris Sale, SP, CHW
44 Eisenberg Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
45 Towers Joe Mauer, C, MIN
46 Richard Buster Posey, C, SF
47 Mello Jean Segura, SS, MIL
48 White Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 White Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
50 Mello Zack Greinke, SP, LAD
51 Richard Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
52 Towers Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
53 Eisenberg David Ortiz, U, BOS
54 Aizer Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK
55 Tobin Justin Upton, OF, ATL
56 Hartstein Carlos Santana, C, CLE
57 Polito Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
58 Hurcomb Hunter Pence, OF, SF
59 Madden Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
60 Melchior Matt Cain, SP, SF
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Melchior Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
62 Madden Mark Trumbo, 1B, ARI
63 Hurcomb Allen Craig, 1B, STL
64 Polito Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
65 Hartstein Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
66 Tobin Martin Prado, 3B, ARI
67 Aizer Domonic Brown, OF, PHI
68 Eisenberg Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
69 Towers Mat Latos, SP, CIN
70 Richard Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
71 Mello Yadier Molina, C, STL
72 White Wil Myers, OF, TB
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 White James Shields, SP, KC
74 Mello Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
75 Richard Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
76 Towers Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
77 Eisenberg Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
78 Aizer Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
79 Tobin Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
80 Hartstein Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
81 Polito Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
82 Hurcomb Michael Wacha, SP, STL
83 Madden Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
84 Melchior Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Melchior Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
86 Madden Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
87 Hurcomb Austin Jackson, OF, DET
88 Polito Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
89 Hartstein Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
90 Tobin Alex Cobb, SP, TB
91 Aizer Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
92 Eisenberg Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY
93 Towers Curtis Granderson, OF, NYM
94 Richard Shelby Miller, SP, STL
95 Mello Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
96 White Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 White Starling Marte, OF, PIT
98 Mello Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN
99 Richard Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
100 Towers Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
101 Eisenberg Greg Holland, RP, KC
102 Aizer Alex Gordon, OF, KC
103 Tobin Wilin Rosario, C, COL
104 Hartstein Matt Moore, SP, TB
105 Polito Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
106 Hurcomb Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
107 Madden Sonny Gray, SP, OAK
108 Melchior Billy Butler, U, KC
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Melchior Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
110 Madden Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS
111 Hurcomb Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
112 Polito Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
113 Hartstein Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
114 Tobin Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
115 Aizer Mike Minor, SP, ATL
116 Eisenberg Jon Lester, SP, BOS
117 Towers Tyson Ross, RP, SD
118 Richard Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
119 Mello Matt Adams, 1B, STL
120 White Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 White Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
122 Mello Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
123 Richard R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR
124 Towers Chase Headley, 3B, SD
125 Eisenberg Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
126 Aizer Alex Wood, RP, ATL
127 Tobin Victor Martinez, U, DET
128 Hartstein Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY
129 Polito Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
130 Hurcomb Andrew Cashner, SP, SD
131 Madden Koji Uehara, RP, BOS
132 Melchior Adam Eaton, OF, CHW
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Melchior Brad Miller, SS, SEA
134 Madden Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
135 Hurcomb Christian Yelich, OF, MIA
136 Polito Brian McCann, C, NYY
137 Hartstein Nelson Cruz, OF, BAL
138 Tobin Danny Salazar, SP, CLE
139 Aizer Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY
140 Eisenberg George Springer, OF, HOU
141 Towers Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
142 Richard David Robertson, RP, NYY
143 Mello Joe Nathan, RP, DET
144 White Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 White Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
146 Mello Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
147 Richard Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
148 Towers C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
149 Eisenberg Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
150 Aizer Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
151 Tobin Khris Davis, OF, MIL
152 Hartstein Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
153 Polito CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
154 Hurcomb Evan Gattis, OF, ATL
155 Madden Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
156 Melchior Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Melchior Corey Kluber, SP, CLE
158 Madden Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA
159 Hurcomb Jim Johnson, RP, OAK
160 Polito Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
161 Hartstein Ervin Santana, SP, ATL
162 Tobin Sergio Romo, RP, SF
163 Aizer Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
164 Eisenberg Doug Fister, SP, WAS
165 Towers Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
166 Richard Lance Lynn, SP, STL
167 Mello Jason Grilli, RP, PIT
168 White Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 White Drew Smyly, RP, DET
170 Mello Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
171 Richard Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
172 Towers Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
173 Eisenberg Matt Wieters, C, BAL
174 Aizer Chris Archer, SP, TB
175 Tobin Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
176 Hartstein A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI
177 Polito Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
178 Hurcomb Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
179 Madden Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
180 Melchior Fernando Rodney, RP, SEA
Round 16
Pick Team Player
181 Melchior John Lackey, SP, BOS
182 Madden Jose Quintana, SP, CHW
183 Hurcomb Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA
184 Polito Matt Garza, SP, MIL
185 Hartstein Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
186 Tobin Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
187 Aizer Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
188 Eisenberg J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
189 Towers Dan Straily, SP, OAK
190 Richard Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
191 Mello Scott Kazmir, SP, OAK
192 White Yordano Ventura, SP, KC
Round 17
Pick Team Player
193 White Carlos Martinez, RP, STL
194 Mello Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
195 Richard Jake Peavy, SP, BOS
196 Towers Ernesto Frieri, RP, LAA
197 Eisenberg Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
198 Aizer Salvador Perez, C, KC
199 Tobin Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
200 Hartstein Dan Haren, SP, LAD
201 Polito Dillon Gee, SP, NYM
202 Hurcomb Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
203 Madden Yan Gomes, C, CLE
204 Melchior Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
Round 18
Pick Team Player
205 Melchior Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
206 Madden Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
207 Hurcomb Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
208 Polito Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
209 Hartstein Daniel Nava, OF, BOS
210 Tobin Hector Santiago, SP, LAA
211 Aizer Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX
212 Eisenberg Grant Balfour, RP, TB
213 Towers Norichika Aoki, OF, KC
214 Richard Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
215 Mello Torii Hunter, OF, DET
216 White Josh Johnson, SP, SD
Round 19
Pick Team Player
217 White Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
218 Mello Huston Street, RP, SD
219 Richard Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
220 Towers Kyle Lohse, SP, MIL
221 Eisenberg Nick Castellanos, OF, DET
222 Aizer Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
223 Tobin Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
224 Hartstein Kevin Gausman, RP, BAL
225 Polito Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA
226 Hurcomb Martin Perez, SP, TEX
227 Madden Brett Anderson, RP, COL
228 Melchior A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK
Round 20
Pick Team Player
229 Melchior Corey Dickerson, OF, COL
230 Madden Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
231 Hurcomb Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
232 Polito Denard Span, OF, WAS
233 Hartstein Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
234 Tobin Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA
235 Aizer Wade Miley, SP, ARI
236 Eisenberg Wily Peralta, SP, MIL
237 Towers Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
238 Richard Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
239 Mello Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
240 White Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
Round 21
Pick Team Player
241 White Addison Reed, RP, ARI
242 Mello Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIN
243 Richard Nate Eovaldi, SP, MIA
244 Towers Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
245 Eisenberg Travis Wood, SP, CHC
246 Aizer John Axford, RP, CLE
247 Tobin Erik Johnson, SP, CHW
248 Hartstein Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
249 Polito Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
250 Hurcomb Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
251 Madden Jim Henderson, RP, MIL
252 Melchior Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
2.7 Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
3.6 Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX
4.7 Chris Sale, SP, CHW
5.6 Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK
6.7 Domonic Brown, OF, PHI
7.6 Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
8.7 Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
9.6 Alex Gordon, OF, KC
10.7 Mike Minor, SP, ATL
11.6 Alex Wood, RP, ATL
12.7 Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY
13.6 Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
14.7 Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
15.6 Chris Archer, SP, TB
16.7 Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
17.6 Salvador Perez, C, KC
18.7 Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX
19.6 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
20.7 Wade Miley, SP, ARI
21.6 John Axford, RP, CLE
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
2.8 Adam Jones, OF, BAL
3.5 Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
4.8 Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
5.5 David Ortiz, U, BOS
6.8 Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
7.5 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
8.8 Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY
9.5 Greg Holland, RP, KC
10.8 Jon Lester, SP, BOS
11.5 Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
12.8 George Springer, OF, HOU
13.5 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
14.8 Doug Fister, SP, WAS
15.5 Matt Wieters, C, BAL
16.8 J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
17.5 Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
18.8 Grant Balfour, RP, TB
19.5 Nick Castellanos, OF, DET
20.8 Wily Peralta, SP, MIL
21.5 Travis Wood, SP, CHC
Larry Hartstein
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
2.5 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
3.8 Justin Verlander, SP, DET
4.5 Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
5.8 Carlos Santana, C, CLE
6.5 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
7.8 Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
8.5 Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
9.8 Matt Moore, SP, TB
10.5 Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
11.8 Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY
12.5 Nelson Cruz, OF, BAL
13.8 Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
14.5 Ervin Santana, SP, ATL
15.8 A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI
16.5 Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
17.8 Dan Haren, SP, LAD
18.5 Daniel Nava, OF, BOS
19.8 Kevin Gausman, RP, BAL
20.5 Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
21.8 Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
2.3 Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
3.10 Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
4.3 Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
5.10 Hunter Pence, OF, SF
6.3 Allen Craig, 1B, STL
7.10 Michael Wacha, SP, STL
8.3 Austin Jackson, OF, DET
9.10 Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
10.3 Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
11.10 Andrew Cashner, SP, SD
12.3 Christian Yelich, OF, MIA
13.10 Evan Gattis, OF, ATL
14.3 Jim Johnson, RP, OAK
15.10 Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
16.3 Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA
17.10 Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
18.3 Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
19.10 Martin Perez, SP, TEX
20.3 Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
21.10 Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
2.2 Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX
3.11 Matt Holliday, OF, STL
4.2 David Price, SP, TB
5.11 Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
6.2 Mark Trumbo, 1B, ARI
7.11 Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
8.2 Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
9.11 Sonny Gray, SP, OAK
10.2 Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS
11.11 Koji Uehara, RP, BOS
12.2 Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
13.11 Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
14.2 Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA
15.11 Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
16.2 Jose Quintana, SP, CHW
17.11 Yan Gomes, C, CLE
18.2 Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
19.11 Brett Anderson, RP, COL
20.2 Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
21.11 Jim Henderson, RP, MIL
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY
2.1 Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
3.12 Alex Rios, OF, TEX
4.1 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
5.12 Matt Cain, SP, SF
6.1 Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
7.12 Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
8.1 Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
9.12 Billy Butler, U, KC
10.1 Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
11.12 Adam Eaton, OF, CHW
12.1 Brad Miller, SS, SEA
13.12 Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
14.1 Corey Kluber, SP, CLE
15.12 Fernando Rodney, RP, SEA
16.1 John Lackey, SP, BOS
17.12 Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
18.1 Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
19.12 A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK
20.1 Corey Dickerson, OF, COL
21.12 Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU
Igor Mello
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Mike Trout, OF, LAA
2.11 David Wright, 3B, NYM
3.2 Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
4.11 Jean Segura, SS, MIL
5.2 Zack Greinke, SP, LAD
6.11 Yadier Molina, C, STL
7.2 Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
8.11 Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
9.2 Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN
10.11 Matt Adams, 1B, STL
11.2 Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
12.11 Joe Nathan, RP, DET
13.2 Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
14.11 Jason Grilli, RP, PIT
15.2 Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
16.11 Scott Kazmir, SP, OAK
17.2 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
18.11 Torii Hunter, OF, DET
19.2 Huston Street, RP, SD
20.11 Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
21.2 Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIN
Joe Polito
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
2.4 Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
3.9 Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA
4.4 Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
5.9 Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
6.4 Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
7.9 Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
8.4 Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
9.9 Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
10.4 Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
11.9 Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
12.4 Brian McCann, C, NYY
13.9 CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
14.4 Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
15.9 Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
16.4 Matt Garza, SP, MIL
17.9 Dillon Gee, SP, NYM
18.4 Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
19.9 Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA
20.4 Denard Span, OF, WAS
21.9 Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
2.10 Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
3.3 Max Scherzer, SP, DET
4.10 Buster Posey, C, SF
5.3 Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
6.10 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
7.3 Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
8.10 Shelby Miller, SP, STL
9.3 Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
10.10 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
11.3 R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR
12.10 David Robertson, RP, NYY
13.3 Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
14.10 Lance Lynn, SP, STL
15.3 Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
16.10 Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
17.3 Jake Peavy, SP, BOS
18.10 Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
19.3 Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
20.10 Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
21.3 Nate Eovaldi, SP, MIA
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
2.6 Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
3.7 Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
4.6 Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
5.7 Justin Upton, OF, ATL
6.6 Martin Prado, 3B, ARI
7.7 Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
8.6 Alex Cobb, SP, TB
9.7 Wilin Rosario, C, COL
10.6 Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
11.7 Victor Martinez, U, DET
12.6 Danny Salazar, SP, CLE
13.7 Khris Davis, OF, MIL
14.6 Sergio Romo, RP, SF
15.7 Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
16.6 Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
17.7 Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
18.6 Hector Santiago, SP, LAA
19.7 Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
20.6 Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA
21.7 Erik Johnson, SP, CHW
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
2.9 Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD
3.4 Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL
4.9 Joe Mauer, C, MIN
5.4 Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
6.9 Mat Latos, SP, CIN
7.4 Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
8.9 Curtis Granderson, OF, NYM
9.4 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
10.9 Tyson Ross, RP, SD
11.4 Chase Headley, 3B, SD
12.9 Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
13.4 C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
14.9 Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
15.4 Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
16.9 Dan Straily, SP, OAK
17.4 Ernesto Frieri, RP, LAA
18.9 Norichika Aoki, OF, KC
19.4 Kyle Lohse, SP, MIL
20.9 Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
21.4 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
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1.1 Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
2.12 Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
3.1 Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
4.12 Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
5.1 Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
6.12 Wil Myers, OF, TB
7.1 James Shields, SP, KC
8.12 Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
9.1 Starling Marte, OF, PIT
10.12 Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
11.1 Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
12.12 Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
13.1 Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
14.12 Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL
15.1 Drew Smyly, RP, DET
16.12 Yordano Ventura, SP, KC
17.1 Carlos Martinez, RP, STL
18.12 Josh Johnson, SP, SD
19.1 Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
20.12 Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
21.1 Addison Reed, RP, ARI
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Collin McHugh tosses five innings in rehab outing Tuesday
by R.J. White |
(9:51 pm ET) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City Tuesday, giving up one earned run on three hits and one walk in five innings and recording five strikeouts.

McHugh threw 80 pitches in the rehab start, and if he had no problems with his injured finger, his next start could come with the Astros Sunday. He owns a 3.28 ERA and 93:33 K:BB ratio in 82 1/3 innings.

Start a good sign for Emilio Bonifacio
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:42 pm ET) After missing more than a month with a strained oblique, Cubs utility player Emilio Bonifacio came off the DL Tuesday. But the bigger news for Fantasy owners is that he started his first game back. With Arismendy Alcantara now up in the big leagues and Chris Coghlan and Justin Ruggiano crushing it in recent weeks, his starting role was less than assured.

And frankly, it still is. Bonifacio's start Tuesday was against a left-hander, Eric Stults, and the switch-hitter entered the day batting .362 against lefties compared to just .230 against righties. Given that Chris Coghlan, who bats left-handed, was out of the lineup Tuesday, this could have the makings of a platoon.

As an everyday player, Bonifacio's steals potential and versatility would make him a nice find in Rotisserie leagues. As a part-timer, he's nothing more than waiver fodder.

If you need steals, you certainly have nothing to lose by making a move for him now, but understand he's hardly an open-and-shut case.

Scooter Gennett exits game with quad tightness
by R.J. White |
(9:29 pm ET) Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett was removed from Tuesday's game after experiencing tightness in his right quad, the team announced.

Gennett went 0 for 2 at the plate before being removed. He also dealt with quad tightness over the weekend. Gennett has hit .305/.343/.481 with eight home runs, 34 RBI and six stolen bases in 295 at-bats.

Pedro Alvarez removed with knee discomfort Tuesday
by Chris Cwik |
(9:11 pm ET) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was removed from Tuesday's game with a knee issue.

Alvarez left the game with left knee discomfort. He was 1 for 2, with a double, before being removed from the game. 

Your daily White Sox closer assessment
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:05 pm ET) You may recall White Sox manager Robin Ventura had this to say after Zach Putnam bailed out Jake Petricka with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday for his second save in as many days:

"Unfortunately, I don't have a guy that you're just going to leave out there, saying that's your closer," Ventura said.

But the second half of that quote may actually say more:

"I like Put's swing-and-miss ability with some lefties, and that's the reason."

"Put," of course, is Putnam, who struck out left-handed hitter Jason Castro with two runners on to secure the save Saturday. But looking back on it, the most interesting part of Putnam bailing out Petricka is that it happened immediately after the second out, not after the second runner reached base. If a right-handed hitter was due up instead of Castro, Ventura may have just let Petricka finish out the inning.

Which explains why Ventura went back to Petricka in the ninth inning Monday. Two right-handed hitters were due up.

After weeks of trying to discern what's happening at the back end of the White Sox bullpen, we may finally have an answer: It's a lefty-righty platoon. Considering they're not so great individually anyway, perhaps you should leave both Putnam and Petricka for the deepest of Rotisserie leagues.

Kelly Johnson to see time in right field
by R.J. White |
(9:04 pm ET) Yankees infielder Kelly Johnson is starting in right field for the first time in his career Tuesday, and manager Joe Girardi indicated that Johnson could play more often in right field moving forward, reports.

"He's played mostly left field, but I think he's athletic enough that it shouldn't be a problem," Girardi said. "I might have to do it if we can't get Carlos [Beltran] out there, because I can't run these guys out there every day."

The Yankees acquired Chase Headley Tuesday and will start him regularly at third base, where Johnson has made a majority of his appearances this season.

Could trade resuscitate Yangervis Solarte's value?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:50 pm ET) The trade that brought Yangervis Solarte from the Yankees to the Padres Tuesday assures at least one thing: The 27-year-old utility player play every day again. Between Jedd Gyorko's plantar fasciitis, Everth Cabrera's strained hamstring and, of course, Chase Headley's sudden departure, the Padres have openings all across their infield.

Though Solarte hadn't completely disappeared from the lineup in his final weeks with the Yankees, he sat too often to have any chance of overcoming his midsummer slump -- which, by the way, has lasted only 18 games. Granted, he's gone 4 for 51 (.078) during those 18 games, but the lack of repetition certainly hasn't helped. When inexperienced players see fewer pitches, they tend to get worse rather than better. Solarte hasn't had a chance to work through this slump. The Yankees pulled the plug on him too quickly.

He'll get that chance with the Padres, and because of that, I wouldn't rule out him making an impact in the second half. Throughout his slump, he has continued to make contact at a high rate, striking out just nine times in those 18 games, and players who do that typically hit for a high batting average. When the Yankees sent Solarte down for five games in the middle of the slump (giving him those consistent at-bats he lacked in the majors), he went 12 for 20 (.600). The ability is still there.

That's not to say I'm rushing to pick Solarte back up. It's probably unnecessary outside the deepest of leagues. But if he shows signs of life, I'll be ready.

Mets not willing to eat salary in Bartolo Colon deal
by Chris Cwik |
(8:49 pm ET) The Mets aren't willing to eat salary in a deal including Bartolo Colon, according to Newsday

Colon has drawn interest on the market, but no deal is imminent. The Mets are currently weighing the market, and are not willing to eat money in the deal. Colon is owed $11 million next season. He has a 4.12 ERA over 126 2/3 innings. 

Marlins more likely to extend McGehee
by Chris Cwik |
(8:43 pm ET) The Marlins are more likely to extend Casey McGehee than trade him, according to

McGehee's name has come up in trade rumors recently, but the club isn't inclined to deal him. McGehee is signed cheap, and still has one more year of arbitration. The club can bring him back at a higher price, or opt to hand him an extension. The team is willing to do that since McGehee is considered a leader in the clubhouse. McGehee is hitting .322/.389/.399 over 376 at-bats. 

Alex Rios, Jake Smolinski expected to be available Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(8:04 pm ET) The Rangers expect outfielders Alex Rios and Jake Smolinski to both be available Wednesday, reports.

Rios was out of the lineup for a third straight day Tuesday while nursing a sprained ankle, but he said he's ready to return. "It felt good," Rios said before the game. "I know Wash wanted to give me an extra day, but I'm ready. I expect to be as good as ever."

Smolinski was removed from Monday's game after fouling a ball off his foot. "As of right now, it's nothing to be concerned about," manager Ron Washington said Tuesday of Smolinski's injury. "It's just sore where it hit off his foot."