1) Bronson Arroyo, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster
He isn't sexy, but he's averaged 15.7 wins over the past three seasons. His ERA the past two years (3.84, 3.88) and WHIP (1.27, 1.15) won't do too much damage. Plus, he's a workhorse having thrown 200+ innings for six straight years. He is what he is, which isn't a bad fifth starter in a 12-team league.
2) Jorge De La Rosa, SP, Colorado Rockies
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Considered Jake Peavy but avoided potentially clogging up a roster space since our rosters don't have DL spots. Gimme an upside arm that boasts an attractive GB-K combo and has been on the verge of breaking through - an ideal No. 7 SP.
3) Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox
Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster
2010 was ugly, but it was obviously injury related. The thing is, if he pitches, he'll likely be a Top 25 type pitcher. If not I slot someone else in. In my mind Peavy is the perfect pitcher for the last couple rounds of a draft. Huge upside with no real investment.
Minor could be a major contributor
4) Jair Jurrjens, SP, Atlanta Braves
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Projected for 12 wins with a low ERA and a low WHIP.
5) Gavin Floyd, SP, Chicago White Sox
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
I almost pulled the trigger on him in the 20th round, so I had to take him here. People always seem to neglect Floyd, who has been stable and pretty darn good the past two years.
6) Ramon Hernandez, C, Cincinnati Reds
Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
This is what happens when you wait until the 22nd round to select your second catcher! Just looking for playing time here with the potential for a few home runs and RBI.
7) Frank Francisco, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster
Do I want to pay $200 in FAAB money for a reliever with borderline skills who ascends to the closer role or should I take a shot in the 22nd round that the best reliever in Toronto wins his rightful place in the 9th inning? Gimme the latter, please.
8) Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves
Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster
Should have a full-time job in Atlanta, making him a solid corner backup. Potential ROY candidate could put up good numbers, although hitting at bottom of ATL lineup will limit him initially.
9) Jhonny Peralta, 3B/SS, Detroit Tigers
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
Peralta won't help my average much, but I like his home run and RBI potential at a position scarce in those areas.
10) Mike Minor, SP, Atlanta Braves
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I remain focused on high strikeout output. Minor (10.92 K/9 throughout minors, 9.52 in 40 2/3 big league innings) more than fits. He's inexperienced but doesn't carry control rate issues like others I've targeted and could pay huge dividends.
11) Rafael Soriano, RP, New York Yankees
Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster
It's about time for people to start taking potential closers now that the actual ones are all gone. Soriano should put up excellent numbers in a setup role for the Yankees, grab a handful of vulture wins and protect me if anything happens to Mariano Rivera.
12) Carl Pavano, SP, Minnesota Twins
Team: Collin Hager, FantasyPros911.com | Roster
I can't resist a good mustache. He doesn't miss bats, but his command was solid and he produced a 1.19 WHIP last year with a 3.75 ERA. Not a sexy pick, but reliable in two key pitching categories even if I'm scared what he'll break if he steps out of bed wrong.
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