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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
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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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Red Sox's Henry Owens impresses during camp
by Chris Cwik |
(1:19 am ET) Red Sox pitcher Henry Owens impressed during batting practice recently, according to the Boston Herald

Owens hadn't faced big league hitters since last spring training, and had something to prove. While Owens didn't have great fastball command during the session, his changeup was spot on. 

"Great deception, hard to pick up," catcher Ryan Hanigan said. "He got me on the changeup today because you can’t see the spin. It looks just like his fastball. That’s a huge advantage."

Pitching coach Juan Nieves agreed, but said he wasn't sure whether Owens was ready for the majors just yet. "Is anybody ready to come to the big leagues?" Nieves said. "I don’t know. We don’t know until they get there and experience the competition."

The 22-year-old Owens enters the year as the team's second-best prospect according to Baseball America. He posted a 2.94 ERA over two minor-league levels last year. 

Brewers GM confident Jean Segura will bounce back
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) Brewers general manager Doug Melvin expressed confidence Saturday that shortstop Jean Segura will bounce back after a subpar 2014 season, the Journal Sentinel reports.

"I'm pretty confident he's going to bounce back," Melvin said. "He had a very good September. He had a lot of stuff going on last year. But everybody says he's a much happier person and everything. He's a good, athletic player that we need."

After delivering a .294 average, smacking 12 home runs and stealing 44 bases in 2013, Segura hit just .246/.289/.326 with five home runs, 31 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 513 at-bats in 2014.

Brewers' Dontrelle Willis making a good impression in camp
by Chris Cwik |
(2/28/2015) Brewers pitcher Dontrelle Willis has made a favorable impression during camp, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

In particular, Willis has impressed manager Ron Roenicke. "He's got a great attitude," Roenicke said. "The things he said are exactly what you want a player to say. He gets it." Willis has also made a strong impression on his new teammates.

Willis, 33, has not pitched in the majors since 2011. He's attempting to make a come back with the Brewers this spring. 

Blue Jays' Michael Saunders: 'No pain' day after surgery
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders said Saturday that he's feeling no pain one day after undergoing knee surgery, the Toronto Sun reports.

"I feel great," Saunders said. "I couldn’t believe it when I woke up this morning and I was walking around just fine. I walked out of surgery just fine. I actually started doing some exercises today and just got checked out by the doctor and he was pleasantly surprised with what he saw. There’s not as much swelling as he originally thought. Everything is checking out so far and everything is good news. No pain. It feels like I banged my knee on a pole and it’s a tiny bit swollen."

Saunders suffered a torn meniscus while tracking a foul ball Wednesday, tripping over a sprinkler head and hearing a popping sound. After initially being told he could need to have the meniscus repaired, a procedure that carries a recovery time of three-to-five months, Saunders had the torn portion of the meniscus removed, which places him on track to return to action within six weeks. While the outfielder is excited to be back on the field in a much shorter time, he indicated he'll be cautious with his rehab.

"I’m going to miss some spring training but it could be a lot worse," Saunders said. "My ligaments are intact. For me this is the best-case scenario. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I’m ready to go. I’d love to say that I’ll be ready opening day. That’s my goal. But we’re targeting more mid-April, on the safe side. At the end of the day I have to listen to my knee. It’s a long season. I’m going to get this right the first time and not rush back."

Athletics' Doolittle hoping to throw in a week or two
by Chris Cwik |
(2/28/2015) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle is hoping to be cleared to throw in a week or two, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Doolittle was able to participate in strength tests on Saturday, and the results were positive. He has not been cleared to throw just yet, but is hoping that will come shortly. Doolittle has been sidelined by a shoulder injury during the start of camp. 

The 28-year-old posted a 2.73 ERA over 62 2/3 innings last year. 

Rays release OF Josh Sale
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) The Rays have released outfielder Josh Sale, Baseball America reports.

Sale was suspended for use of performance-enhancing drugs in 2013 as well as for conduct detrimental to the team that same season. He received a 50-game suspension last August for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Before his most recent suspension, he hit .238/.313/.344 with four home runs and 46 RBI in 323 at-bats with high Class A Charlotte.

Yankees' Cashman downplays Bailey's chances of making team
by Chris Cwik |
(2/28/2015) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman downplayed reliever Andrew Bailey's chances of making the 25-man roster, according to the Journal News.

Bailey, 30, is attempting to come back from a shoulder injury. He has not pitched in the majors since 2013 due to the issue. While Bailey has been able to participate in bullpen sessions this spring, Cashman took a more realistic view of the situation. "It’s one of those things where, non-roster situation, it’s a flyer, and the odds are against it," Cashman said. "And it didn’t work out for us last year. But because of who he is, his makeup, his work ethic, all those things, it made it easier to say, 'All right, let's keep trying,'" he added. 

Cashman stressed that while things look good now, the team wants to see how Bailey will respond in game situations. Bailey, meanwhile, has been optimistic during camp, saying he feels like he's finally over his injury.

Bailey posted a 3.77 ERA over 28 2/3 innings back in 2013. 

Hinch: Astros' Torreyes has 'earned every chance to get a look'
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) Astros infielder Ronald Torreyes checks in at about 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds, but his success at avoiding strikeouts has manager A.J. Hinch ready to give him a chance at showing what he can do this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"You like to see these guys play," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He can look to our starting lineup at the top or hitting first or second and he’ll see a guy who is pretty successful who is not the biggest guy in the world. I see a unique size for this level, but the way he’s hit and the way he’s performed he’s earned every chance to get a look."

Torreyes was added to the team's 40-man roster in November after hitting .298/.345/.376 with two home runs, 46 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 460 at-bats with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2014.

"He doesn’t look like a ballplayer because he’s little like me, but he’s a young bull," Astros second baseman Jose Altuve said. "He hits a lot and plays good defense. Last year they put him on the 40-man roster because he has a good chance to help us. There aren’t many players like him so skinny and little in the big leagues, so when you see him for the first time you say, 'You know he has to be good to be here.' Then when you see him hit you realize the organization has a good reason to give him this opportunity."

Torreyes will look for an opportunity to latch on as a utility player this spring. He's capable of seeing work at second base, shortstop and third base as well as in left field and center field.

Yoga has Twins' Trevor May 'much fresher than ever before'
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) Twins starting pitcher Trevor May has looked to improve flexibility coming into his competition for a rotation spot this spring by turning to yoga to help repeat his delivery, the Star Tribune reports.

"I’ve been doing yoga for 30 or 40 minutes every morning, and I’m much fresher than ever before," May said. "Every scouting report I’ve ever seen on myself says, 'Has trouble repeating his delivery.' Well, yoga is literally repeating moves, keeping your body under your control. I do the warrior pose, which is [the same as] striding and throwing a baseball. It has to help."

May initially struggled in his major-league debut last season, but he hopes the perseverance he showed and his improvements near the end of the season help set him apart in the battle for a rotation spot this spring.

"Obviously I don’t know exactly what the people who are making decisions are thinking, but showing I can be successful after having my face beat up for two months, showing I can work through it, it’s a trait you have to have," May said. "I take pride in the fact that I didn’t give up. I didn’t let it get me down."

Twins 1B Joe Mauer happy with 'normal' offseason
by R.J. White |
(2/28/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was happy to have a "normal" offseason after dealing with concussion-like symptoms the previous year, reports.

"I had a very productive offseason," Mauer said Saturday. "The last couple years I had a lot of things to deal with, especially last year with the concussion. I didn't really get a good base heading into the year. I feel great this year and I hope it stays that way."

Mauer believes that his vigorous stretching exercises this offseason will help keep him healthy in 2015.

"You have to pay attention to your body. I'm getting older," Mauer said. "I'm finding out what works and doesn't work. Trying to make adjustments."

Manager Paul Molitor indicated that he's noticed a difference in Mauer this spring.

"I think it means a lot for him," Molitor said. "I think coming back last year after what had happened the previous season, you always have those questions. He's got friends that have gone through it with Corey Koskie and Justin [Morneau]. We all know how validated our concern is over concussion issues. I'm sure there was a little hesitancy there. Like I said when I had a chance to visit with him this winter, he's excited to be back and not have to be concerned about those type of things."

Mauer endured a down offensive performance last season, hitting .277/.361/.371 with just four home runs in 455 at-bats.