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2014 Draft Prep: 12-team NL-only Rotisserie mock

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In our final mock draft for the 2014 season -- a 12-team NL-only Rotisserie affair -- owners did their best to go out with a bang.

Big bats at the stacked positions of first base and outfield dominated the earliest rounds. Each of the first five picks (Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen, Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez and Ryan Braun) came from those positions. By the end of Round 2, not only did potentially elite young sluggers Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and Yasiel Puig come off the boards, but a few lower-upside types -- namely, Freddie Freeman, Jayson Werth and Starling Marte -- were gone, too.

It also wasn't long before owners took advantage of the NL's relative bounty of quality shortstops. Both Hanley Ramirez and Troy Tulowitzki were first-round picks, and Jean Segura and Ian Desmond were selected in the second round. On the other hand, owners were in no rush to plumb the senior circuit's weak pool of second basemen. Only Matt Carpenter and Martin Prado were taken prior to the final pick of Round 5.

Aces were pursued quietly through the first four rounds, but it wasn't until Round 5 that we saw the first extended run on starting pitchers. This pattern mirrors what we have recently seen in mixed league drafts. Owners have been showing much greater urgency to get their No. 2 starters, and this could be a result of the pitching pool being depleted by injuries.

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Though this year's cohort of closers hasn't been hit as hard by the injury bug, a similar pattern emerged with relievers. Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen were the first relievers taken, going in Round 3, yet the run on closers did not take shape until Round 10. The most notable loss from the closer pool for opening day is Aroldis Chapman, but his possible midseason return rendered him as a Round 12 pick in this draft, despite his unfortunate injuries sustained as a result of a line drive to the head. Chapman was chosen before either of his likely replacements, Jonathan Broxton (Round 14) and J.J. Hoover (Round 17).

Not too deep into the latter half of league-specific drafts, the available major league talent is not especially enticing, and it's the point at which the draft room takes on a decidedly cranky vibe. Not surprisingly, it's also the point at which we see owners start to gamble on players who are not currently competing for major league roster spots but could still make an impact later this year. Gregory Polanco, Oscar Taveras, Javier Baez, Noah Syndergaard, Kyle Parker, Andrew Heaney and Kris Bryant were among the prospects targeted during this portion of our mock.

Here are the dozen owners who rode the waves of this draft, from the excitement of early-round conquests to the uninspiring late-round selections of fifth starters, closers-in-waiting and utility players.

1. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
2. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
3. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
4. Jameson Fleming, Social Media Editor
5. Adam Aizer, Fantasy Video/Podcast Host
6. Marty Gitlin, Fantasy Writer
7. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
8. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Sports
9. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
11. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
12. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Tobin Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
2 Towers Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
3 Polito Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
4 Fleming Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
5 Aizer Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
6 Gitlin Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD
7 Melchior Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
8 Madden Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
9 White David Wright, 3B, NYM
10 Mello Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
11 Hurcomb Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
12 Eisenberg Adam Wainwright, P, STL
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Eisenberg Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD
14 Hurcomb Cliff Lee, P, PHI
15 Mello Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
16 White Jean Segura, SS, MIL
17 Madden Jose Fernandez, P, MIA
18 Melchior Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS
19 Gitlin Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
20 Aizer Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
21 Fleming Madison Bumgarner, P, SF
22 Polito Buster Posey, C, SF
23 Towers Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL
24 Tobin Starling Marte, OF, PIT
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Tobin Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
26 Towers Craig Kimbrel, P, ATL
27 Polito Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
28 Fleming Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
29 Aizer Mat Latos, P, CIN
30 Gitlin Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
31 Melchior Hunter Pence, OF, SF
32 Madden Domonic Brown, OF, PHI
33 White Justin Upton, OF, ATL
34 Mello Kenley Jansen, P, LAD
35 Hurcomb Martin Prado, 3B, ARI
36 Eisenberg Matt Holliday, OF, STL
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Eisenberg Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
38 Hurcomb Allen Craig, 1B, STL
39 Mello Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
40 White Yadier Molina, C, STL
41 Madden Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
42 Melchior Mark Trumbo, 1B, ARI
43 Gitlin Wilin Rosario, C, COL
44 Aizer Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
45 Fleming Matt Adams, 1B, STL
46 Polito Matt Cain, P, SF
47 Towers Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
48 Tobin Evan Gattis, OF, ATL
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Tobin Julio Teheran, P, ATL
50 Towers Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
51 Polito Curtis Granderson, OF, NYM
52 Fleming Trevor Rosenthal, P, STL
53 Aizer Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
54 Gitlin Jordan Zimmermann, P, WAS
55 Melchior Chase Headley, 3B, SD
56 Madden Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
57 White Khris Davis, OF, MIL
58 Mello Zack Greinke, P, LAD
59 Hurcomb Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS
60 Eisenberg Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Eisenberg Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
62 Hurcomb Michael Wacha, P, STL
63 Mello Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
64 White Homer Bailey, P, CIN
65 Madden Gerrit Cole, P, PIT
66 Melchior Lucas Duda, OF, NYM
67 Gitlin Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
68 Aizer Christian Yelich, OF, MIA
69 Fleming Shelby Miller, P, STL
70 Polito Sergio Romo, P, SF
71 Towers Tony Cingrani, P, CIN
72 Tobin Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Tobin Marco Estrada, P, MIL
74 Towers Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
75 Polito Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
76 Fleming Will Venable, OF, SD
77 Aizer Andrew Cashner, P, SD
78 Gitlin Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
79 Melchior Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
80 Madden Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
81 White Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
82 Mello Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
83 Hurcomb Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
84 Eisenberg Mike Minor, P, ATL
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Eisenberg Cole Hamels, P, PHI
86 Hurcomb Marlon Byrd, OF, PHI
87 Mello Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
88 White Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
89 Madden Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
90 Melchior Francisco Liriano, P, PIT
91 Gitlin Jhonny Peralta, SS, STL
92 Aizer Zack Wheeler, P, NYM
93 Fleming Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
94 Polito Johnny Cueto, P, CIN
95 Towers Miguel Montero, C, ARI
96 Tobin Alex Wood, P, ATL
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Tobin Ben Revere, OF, PHI
98 Towers Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD
99 Polito Angel Pagan, OF, SF
100 Fleming Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
101 Aizer Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL
102 Gitlin Jeff Samardzija, P, CHC
103 Melchior Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA
104 Madden Russell Martin, C, PIT
105 White Lance Lynn, P, STL
106 Mello Tim Lincecum, P, SF
107 Hurcomb Carlos Quentin, OF, SD
108 Eisenberg Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Eisenberg Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
110 Hurcomb Jason Grilli, P, PIT
111 Mello Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
112 White Jonathan Papelbon, P, PHI
113 Madden Ervin Santana, P, ATL
114 Melchior Steve Cishek, P, MIA
115 Gitlin Rafael Soriano, P, WAS
116 Aizer Tyson Ross, P, SD
117 Fleming Doug Fister, P, WAS
118 Polito A.J. Burnett, P, PHI
119 Towers Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
120 Tobin Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Tobin Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
122 Towers Addison Reed, P, ARI
123 Polito Dee Gordon, SS, LAD
124 Fleming Eric Young, OF, NYM
125 Aizer Corey Dickerson, OF, COL
126 Gitlin Cody Asche, 3B, PHI
127 Melchior Dillon Gee, P, NYM
128 Madden Jim Henderson, P, MIL
129 White B.J. Upton, OF, ATL
130 Mello Chris Young, OF, NYM
131 Hurcomb Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
132 Eisenberg Bobby Parnell, P, NYM
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Eisenberg Michael Morse, OF, SF
134 Hurcomb Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
135 Mello Jose Veras, P, CHC
136 White Justin Morneau, 1B, COL
137 Madden Huston Street, P, SD
138 Melchior Junior Lake, OF, CHC
139 Gitlin Denard Span, OF, WAS
140 Aizer Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN
141 Fleming Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
142 Polito Rex Brothers, P, COL
143 Towers Yasmani Grandal, C, SD
144 Tobin Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Tobin Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL
146 Towers Matt *Garza, P, MIL
147 Polito Seth Smith, U, SD
148 Fleming LaTroy Hawkins, P, COL
149 Aizer Chris Owings, SS, ARI
150 Gitlin Yovani Gallardo, P, MIL
151 Melchior Dan Haren, P, LAD
152 Madden Andre Ethier, OF, LAD
153 White Peter Bourjos, OF, STL
154 Mello Josh Johnson, P, SD
155 Hurcomb Bartolo Colon, P, NYM
156 Eisenberg A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Eisenberg Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
158 Hurcomb Jonathan Broxton, P, CIN
159 Mello Kyle Lohse, P, MIL
160 White Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
161 Madden Nate Schierholtz, OF, CHC
162 Melchior Joaquin Benoit, P, SD
163 Gitlin Gerardo Parra, OF, ARI
164 Aizer Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN
165 Fleming Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA
166 Polito Jonathon Niese, P, NYM
167 Towers Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC
168 Tobin Archie Bradley, P, ARI
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Tobin Carlos Martinez, P, STL
170 Towers Cody Ross, OF, ARI
171 Polito DJ LeMahieu, 2B, COL
172 Fleming Tim Hudson, P, SF
173 Aizer Wade Miley, P, ARI
174 Gitlin Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
175 Melchior Gregory Polanco, OF, PIT
176 Madden Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA
177 White Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
178 Mello Juan Francisco, 1B, MIL
179 Hurcomb Bronson Arroyo, P, ARI
180 Eisenberg Mike Leake, P, CIN
Round 16
Pick Team Player
181 Eisenberg Wily Peralta, P, MIL
182 Hurcomb Welington Castillo, C, CHC
183 Mello Ryan Doumit, C, ATL
184 White Travis Wood, P, CHC
185 Madden Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
186 Melchior George Kottaras, C, CHC
187 Gitlin Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA
188 Aizer Darin Ruf, OF, PHI
189 Fleming Nick Hundley, C, SD
190 Polito Charlie Morton, P, PIT
191 Towers Nate McLouth, OF, WAS
192 Tobin Drew Stubbs, OF, COL
Round 17
Pick Team Player
193 Tobin Casey McGehee, 1B, MIA
194 Towers Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL
195 Polito Tanner Roark, P, WAS
196 Fleming A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI
197 Aizer Noah Syndergaard, P, NYM
198 Gitlin Ryan Vogelsong, P, SF
199 Melchior Mike Olt, 1B, CHC
200 Madden Justin Ruggiano, OF, CHC
201 White J.J. Hoover, P, CIN
202 Mello Josh Rutledge, 2B, COL
203 Hurcomb Javier Baez, SS, CHC
204 Eisenberg Nate Eovaldi, P, MIA
Round 18
Pick Team Player
205 Eisenberg Cameron Maybin, OF, SD
206 Hurcomb Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL
207 Mello John Mayberry, OF, PHI
208 White Ian Kennedy, P, SD
209 Madden Gaby Sanchez, 1B, PIT
210 Melchior Brandon McCarthy, P, ARI
211 Gitlin Brett Anderson, P, COL
212 Aizer Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD
213 Fleming Trevor Cahill, P, ARI
214 Polito Tyler Chatwood, P, COL
215 Towers Jose Tabata, OF, PIT
216 Tobin Mark Melancon, P, PIT
Round 19
Pick Team Player
217 Tobin Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT
218 Towers Josh Beckett, P, LAD
219 Polito Luis Valbuena, 3B, CHC
220 Fleming Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI
221 Aizer Paul Maholm, P, LAD
222 Gitlin Joe Kelly, P, STL
223 Melchior Ryan Sweeney, OF, CHC
224 Madden Jameson Taillon, P, PIT
225 White Wilmer Flores, 3B, NYM
226 Mello Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC
227 Hurcomb Alex Guerrero, 2B, LAD
228 Eisenberg Chad Billingsley, P, LAD
Round 20
Pick Team Player
229 Eisenberg Tommy La Stella, 2B, ATL
230 Hurcomb Andrew Lambo, OF, PIT
231 Mello Jon Jay, OF, STL
232 White Jacob Turner, P, MIA
233 Madden Edinson Volquez, P, PIT
234 Melchior Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA
235 Gitlin Chris Denorfia, OF, SD
236 Aizer Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL
237 Fleming Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT
238 Polito Brayan Pena, C, CIN
239 Towers Kyle Blanks, OF, SD
240 Tobin Jose Lobaton, C, WAS
Round 21
Pick Team Player
241 Tobin Tony Campana, OF, ARI
242 Towers Eric Stults, P, SD
243 Polito Kyle Parker, OF, COL
244 Fleming Roberto Hernandez, P, PHI
245 Aizer Drew Storen, P, WAS
246 Gitlin Martin Maldonado, C, MIL
247 Melchior Jaime Garcia, P, STL
248 Madden Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, P, PHI
249 White Tyler Clippard, P, WAS
250 Mello Daisuke Matsuzaka, P, NYM
251 Hurcomb Jake Arrieta, P, CHC
252 Eisenberg Daniel Descalso, SS, STL
Round 22
Pick Team Player
253 Eisenberg Sean Marshall, P, CIN
254 Hurcomb Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC
255 Mello Tyler Thornburg, P, MIL
256 White Pedro Strop, P, CHC
257 Madden Alex Torres, P, SD
258 Melchior Kyle Kendrick, P, PHI
259 Gitlin Placido Polanco, 3B, MIA
260 Aizer Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
261 Fleming Andrew Heaney, P, MIA
262 Polito Chris Heisey, OF, CIN
263 Towers Jason Motte, P, STL
264 Tobin Carlos Villanueva, P, CHC
Round 23
Pick Team Player
265 Tobin Freddy Garcia, P, ATL
266 Towers Jake Marisnick, OF, MIA
267 Polito Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
268 Fleming Scott Hairston, OF, WAS
269 Aizer Hector Sanchez, C, SF
270 Gitlin Juan Lagares, OF, NYM
271 Melchior Roger Bernadina, OF, CIN
272 Madden Wil Nieves, C, PHI
273 White Joc Pederson, OF, LAD
274 Mello Tom Koehler, P, MIA
275 Hurcomb Tony Sanchez, C, PIT
276 Eisenberg Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
2.8 Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
3.5 Mat Latos, P, CIN
4.8 Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
5.5 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
6.8 Christian Yelich, OF, MIA
7.5 Andrew Cashner, P, SD
8.8 Zack Wheeler, P, NYM
9.5 Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL
10.8 Tyson Ross, P, SD
11.5 Corey Dickerson, OF, COL
12.8 Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN
13.5 Chris Owings, SS, ARI
14.8 Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN
15.5 Wade Miley, P, ARI
16.8 Darin Ruf, OF, PHI
17.5 Noah Syndergaard, P, NYM
18.8 Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD
19.5 Paul Maholm, P, LAD
20.8 Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL
21.5 Drew Storen, P, WAS
22.8 Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
23.5 Hector Sanchez, C, SF
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Adam Wainwright, P, STL
2.1 Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD
3.12 Matt Holliday, OF, STL
4.1 Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
5.12 Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
6.1 Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
7.12 Mike Minor, P, ATL
8.1 Cole Hamels, P, PHI
9.12 Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
10.1 Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
11.12 Bobby Parnell, P, NYM
12.1 Michael Morse, OF, SF
13.12 A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
14.1 Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
15.12 Mike Leake, P, CIN
16.1 Wily Peralta, P, MIL
17.12 Nate Eovaldi, P, MIA
18.1 Cameron Maybin, OF, SD
19.12 Chad Billingsley, P, LAD
20.1 Tommy La Stella, 2B, ATL
21.12 Daniel Descalso, SS, STL
22.1 Sean Marshall, P, CIN
23.12 Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL
Jameson Fleming
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
2.9 Madison Bumgarner, P, SF
3.4 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
4.9 Matt Adams, 1B, STL
5.4 Trevor Rosenthal, P, STL
6.9 Shelby Miller, P, STL
7.4 Will Venable, OF, SD
8.9 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
9.4 Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
10.9 Doug Fister, P, WAS
11.4 Eric Young, OF, NYM
12.9 Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
13.4 LaTroy Hawkins, P, COL
14.9 Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA
15.4 Tim Hudson, P, SF
16.9 Nick Hundley, C, SD
17.4 A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI
18.9 Trevor Cahill, P, ARI
19.4 Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI
20.9 Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT
21.4 Roberto Hernandez, P, PHI
22.9 Andrew Heaney, P, MIA
23.4 Scott Hairston, OF, WAS
Marty Gitlin
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD
2.7 Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
3.6 Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
4.7 Wilin Rosario, C, COL
5.6 Jordan Zimmermann, P, WAS
6.7 Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
7.6 Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
8.7 Jhonny Peralta, SS, STL
9.6 Jeff Samardzija, P, CHC
10.7 Rafael Soriano, P, WAS
11.6 Cody Asche, 3B, PHI
12.7 Denard Span, OF, WAS
13.6 Yovani Gallardo, P, MIL
14.7 Gerardo Parra, OF, ARI
15.6 Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
16.7 Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA
17.6 Ryan Vogelsong, P, SF
18.7 Brett Anderson, P, COL
19.6 Joe Kelly, P, STL
20.7 Chris Denorfia, OF, SD
21.6 Martin Maldonado, C, MIL
22.7 Placido Polanco, 3B, MIA
23.6 Juan Lagares, OF, NYM
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
2.2 Cliff Lee, P, PHI
3.11 Martin Prado, 3B, ARI
4.2 Allen Craig, 1B, STL
5.11 Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS
6.2 Michael Wacha, P, STL
7.11 Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
8.2 Marlon Byrd, OF, PHI
9.11 Carlos Quentin, OF, SD
10.2 Jason Grilli, P, PIT
11.11 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
12.2 Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
13.11 Bartolo Colon, P, NYM
14.2 Jonathan Broxton, P, CIN
15.11 Bronson Arroyo, P, ARI
16.2 Welington Castillo, C, CHC
17.11 Javier Baez, SS, CHC
18.2 Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL
19.11 Alex Guerrero, 2B, LAD
20.2 Andrew Lambo, OF, PIT
21.11 Jake Arrieta, P, CHC
22.2 Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC
23.11 Tony Sanchez, C, PIT
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
2.5 Jose Fernandez, P, MIA
3.8 Domonic Brown, OF, PHI
4.5 Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
5.8 Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
6.5 Gerrit Cole, P, PIT
7.8 Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
8.5 Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
9.8 Russell Martin, C, PIT
10.5 Ervin Santana, P, ATL
11.8 Jim Henderson, P, MIL
12.5 Huston Street, P, SD
13.8 Andre Ethier, OF, LAD
14.5 Nate Schierholtz, OF, CHC
15.8 Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA
16.5 Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
17.8 Justin Ruggiano, OF, CHC
18.5 Gaby Sanchez, 1B, PIT
19.8 Jameson Taillon, P, PIT
20.5 Edinson Volquez, P, PIT
21.8 Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, P, PHI
22.5 Alex Torres, P, SD
23.8 Wil Nieves, C, PHI
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
2.6 Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS
3.7 Hunter Pence, OF, SF
4.6 Mark Trumbo, 1B, ARI
5.7 Chase Headley, 3B, SD
6.6 Lucas Duda, OF, NYM
7.7 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
8.6 Francisco Liriano, P, PIT
9.7 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA
10.6 Steve Cishek, P, MIA
11.7 Dillon Gee, P, NYM
12.6 Junior Lake, OF, CHC
13.7 Dan Haren, P, LAD
14.6 Joaquin Benoit, P, SD
15.7 Gregory Polanco, OF, PIT
16.6 George Kottaras, C, CHC
17.7 Mike Olt, 1B, CHC
18.6 Brandon McCarthy, P, ARI
19.7 Ryan Sweeney, OF, CHC
20.6 Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA
21.7 Jaime Garcia, P, STL
22.6 Kyle Kendrick, P, PHI
23.7 Roger Bernadina, OF, CIN
Igor Mello
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
2.3 Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
3.10 Kenley Jansen, P, LAD
4.3 Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
5.10 Zack Greinke, P, LAD
6.3 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
7.10 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
8.3 Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
9.10 Tim Lincecum, P, SF
10.3 Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
11.10 Chris Young, OF, NYM
12.3 Jose Veras, P, CHC
13.10 Josh Johnson, P, SD
14.3 Kyle Lohse, P, MIL
15.10 Juan Francisco, 1B, MIL
16.3 Ryan Doumit, C, ATL
17.10 Josh Rutledge, 2B, COL
18.3 John Mayberry, OF, PHI
19.10 Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC
20.3 Jon Jay, OF, STL
21.10 Daisuke Matsuzaka, P, NYM
22.3 Tyler Thornburg, P, MIL
23.10 Tom Koehler, P, MIA
Joe Polito
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
2.10 Buster Posey, C, SF
3.3 Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
4.10 Matt Cain, P, SF
5.3 Curtis Granderson, OF, NYM
6.10 Sergio Romo, P, SF
7.3 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
8.10 Johnny Cueto, P, CIN
9.3 Angel Pagan, OF, SF
10.10 A.J. Burnett, P, PHI
11.3 Dee Gordon, SS, LAD
12.10 Rex Brothers, P, COL
13.3 Seth Smith, U, SD
14.10 Jonathon Niese, P, NYM
15.3 DJ LeMahieu, 2B, COL
16.10 Charlie Morton, P, PIT
17.3 Tanner Roark, P, WAS
18.10 Tyler Chatwood, P, COL
19.3 Luis Valbuena, 3B, CHC
20.10 Brayan Pena, C, CIN
21.3 Kyle Parker, OF, COL
22.10 Chris Heisey, OF, CIN
23.3 Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
2.12 Starling Marte, OF, PIT
3.1 Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
4.12 Evan Gattis, OF, ATL
5.1 Julio Teheran, P, ATL
6.12 Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
7.1 Marco Estrada, P, MIL
8.12 Alex Wood, P, ATL
9.1 Ben Revere, OF, PHI
10.12 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
11.1 Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
12.12 Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA
13.1 Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL
14.12 Archie Bradley, P, ARI
15.1 Carlos Martinez, P, STL
16.12 Drew Stubbs, OF, COL
17.1 Casey McGehee, 1B, MIA
18.12 Mark Melancon, P, PIT
19.1 Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT
20.12 Jose Lobaton, C, WAS
21.1 Tony Campana, OF, ARI
22.12 Carlos Villanueva, P, CHC
23.1 Freddy Garcia, P, ATL
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
2.11 Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL
3.2 Craig Kimbrel, P, ATL
4.11 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
5.2 Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
6.11 Tony Cingrani, P, CIN
7.2 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
8.11 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
9.2 Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD
10.11 Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
11.2 Addison Reed, P, ARI
12.11 Yasmani Grandal, C, SD
13.2 Matt *Garza, P, MIL
14.11 Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC
15.2 Cody Ross, OF, ARI
16.11 Nate McLouth, OF, WAS
17.2 Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL
18.11 Jose Tabata, OF, PIT
19.2 Josh Beckett, P, LAD
20.11 Kyle Blanks, OF, SD
21.2 Eric Stults, P, SD
22.11 Jason Motte, P, STL
23.2 Jake Marisnick, OF, MIA
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 David Wright, 3B, NYM
2.4 Jean Segura, SS, MIL
3.9 Justin Upton, OF, ATL
4.4 Yadier Molina, C, STL
5.9 Khris Davis, OF, MIL
6.4 Homer Bailey, P, CIN
7.9 Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
8.4 Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
9.9 Lance Lynn, P, STL
10.4 Jonathan Papelbon, P, PHI
11.9 B.J. Upton, OF, ATL
12.4 Justin Morneau, 1B, COL
13.9 Peter Bourjos, OF, STL
14.4 Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
15.9 Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
16.4 Travis Wood, P, CHC
17.9 J.J. Hoover, P, CIN
18.4 Ian Kennedy, P, SD
19.9 Wilmer Flores, 3B, NYM
20.4 Jacob Turner, P, MIA
21.9 Tyler Clippard, P, WAS
22.4 Pedro Strop, P, CHC
23.9 Joc Pederson, OF, LAD

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Report: Orioles in 'continuous dialogue' with pitcher Chris Tillman
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Orioles and pitcher Chris Tillman are reportedly engaged in "continuous dialogue" for a long-term extension and have been for the past several weeks, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Tillman signed a one-year, $4.315 million deal in January to avoid arbitration and the discussions for a new deal are still considered preliminary, according to the report.

Tillman posted a 13-6 record in 2014 with a 3.34 ERA in 34 starts.


Tigers bullpen decision coming down to Ian Krol, Kyle Ryan
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is running out of time to finish off his bullpen for Opening Day. The final bullpen role will likely be a left-handed pitcher and is expected to come down to Kyle Ryan and Ian Krol, according to MLB.com.

"If I'm there, hopefully it's a good situation, whether it's long or short," Ryan said. "For them to have enough confidence in me to go into Spring Training as a reliever, and actually for them to believe that I might be able to make the team as a reliever, that makes me proud."

Ryan has given up seven runs on seven hits in 11 innings of work this spring. 

"When he throws it right, it's good," Ausmus said of Krol. "He has a tendency to occasionally slow his arm down on his cutter and curveball. He did it a couple times today. But when he doesn't slow his arm down, it's very good."


Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson continues to make his case
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson still doesn't know what his role will be when Opening Day rolls around, but he's showing he belongs on the roster, reports MLB.com.

"There's always stuff I need to work on, and I need to continue to impress," Pederson said after launching his fifth home run of the spring Saturday, boosting his batting average to .373.

Manager Don Mattingly remains quiet on what he will do when the decision has to be made, but Pederson is doing what he can to impress.

"[Opening Day] is out of my control," Pederson said. "It's something you dream about as a kid, playing in the big leagues, and you do anything you can to make that dream come true."


Angels P Matt Shoemaker gives up three runs in loss to Dodgers
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) After pitching six scoreless innings in his last start, Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker struggled a bit in the team's 5-4 to the Dodgers, reports MLB.com.

Shoemaker gave up three runs on four hits in six innings, striking out two. One of the hits he surrended was to Joc Pederson on a two-run homer.

The 28-year-old completed last season with a 3.04 ERA, 124 strikeouts and only 24 walks.


Reds third baseman Todd Frazier feels ready for Opening Day
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier feels his swing has come back and is ready to tackle the long haul ahead of the regular season, reports MLB.com.

"It comes quick, like usual," Frazier said on Saturday morning. "I get goose bumps thinking about it right now -- another year, it's crazy."

Frazier struggled early in spring training, but has rebounded to go 8 for 23 in his last seven games.

"I hit in the Minor Leagues for about 10 at-bats [on Friday], just to try and feel it back-to-back. I do, and I feel really well," said Frazier, who is batting .262 in 14 games this spring. "I feel like if I had to play tomorrow [in the regular season], I'd be ready to go. It's all about preparation, and offseason stuff. I feel like it's so far, so good."


Angels OF Mike Trout homers in loss to Dodgers
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Angels outfielder Mike Trout homered in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers, reports MLB.com.

Trout, 23, robbed the Dodgers' Alex Guerrero of an extra-base hit in the first inning, making it a successful day for him, despite the loss. 

This spring he has a batting average of .477 with four home runs and 14 RBI. 


White Sox hope to have Robertson, Petricka back by Opening Day
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Two key members of the White Sox bullpen are working their way back from forearm injuries, but manager Robin Ventura is confident he'll have both back by opening day. 

Closer David Robertson is scheduled to pitch on Sunday. 

"We're trying to make sure we’re extra careful with him," Ventura said, per Comcast's Dan Hayes. "He doesn’t seem to be concerned about it as much as we do."

Setup man Jake Petricka isn't as far along as Robertson. He played catch on Saturday for the first time in five days.

The Sox are taking it slow, so that the team will have both pitchers for Opening Day as well as the rest of the season. 

"You’re just making sure you’re cautious enough that you feel good about when (they go) out there that there won’t be any setbacks,” Ventura said. 


Indians pitcher Zach McAllister fans nine in outing Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Indians pitcher Zach McAllister went five innings Saturday against the Brewers, allowing two runs on six hits with nine strikeouts. McAllister, who is expected to make one more start before Opening Day, touched 97 mph with his fastball in the appearance, according to Cleveland.com.

"He's been impressive and he's been doing it all spring," said Francona. "He's not just throwing strikes, he's down in the zone when he wants to and then he can elevate with some velocity. I think his hard work is really paying off."

McAllister has felt he always had the added velocity.

"Throughout my career I've always felt I've had a little more (velocity) in there if I could maintain it," said McAllister. "For whatever reason, whether it's being more consistent with my delivery or my arm action, I'm just trusting that when I let it go it's going to go where I want it to go. I'm not trying to place anything."


Pirates Pedro Alvarez looking to stick at first base
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is hoping to stick at his new position after converting from third base, reports triblive.com.

On opening day, Alvarez will be the team's 54th first baseman in its 129-year history.

“It's a matter of getting used to seeing the field from that point of view,” Alvarez said. “I need to get the reps in so the responsibilities that come with playing that position become second nature to me.”

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington talked about the team's past efforts of platooning the position.

“You can't develop something you don't have. You can't buy something you can't afford,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “That's why we've tried to platoon. Over the last couple of years, we've realized that's a challenge for a National League manager. Platoons are much harder here than they are in the American League, especially with a one-dimensional player who can only play one position.”

The hope around the organization is that they can get quality production from Alvarez.

“Our hope that is between Pedro Alvarez and Corey Hart, we'll get quality major league production,” Huntington said.

The 28-year-old is batting .306 with two home runs, nine RBI and eight strikeouts this spring.


Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton can't find a rhythm Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton tossed six innings Saturday against the Blue Jays, allowing six hits, including two home runs and no strikeouts. Morton, who is fighting for a spot in the starting rotation, is still recovering from labrum surgery six months ago.

"Physically, Charlie is in a good place," manager Clint Hurdle said to MLB.com. "He is trying to make some mechanical adjustments in his delivery, but we don't have any health concerns about him."

Morton isn't worried about fixing mechanical issues just yet.

"Now is a tough time to put a lot of emphasis on mechanics," said Morton. "I gotta go pitch, adjustments or no adjustments."


 
 
 
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