7) Joe Mauer, C/1B, Minnesota Twins
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
He should also see time at first base, which will give him more at-bats than most catchers. And those should be quality at-bats too. Pairing him with Joey Votto gives me a rock-solid base in batting average that will allow me to take a chance on some riskier power and/or speed sources later in the draft.
8) Carlos Santana, C/1B, Cleveland Indians
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
I avoided Santana last year because I feared the sophomore slump and I am glad I did. He showed signs of breaking out of it in the second half and the front office took some pressure off his shoulders with the signings of Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds. Expect big things this year.
9) Pablo Sandoval, 3B, San Francisco Giants
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Would've grabbed Santana if Mark didn't. Now, as to what actually happened: The weight risk made this difficult, but Panda still carries 30-homer, .300 BA upside, which is more than I can say about what else was left at the hot corner. Brett Lawrie entered my mind for a split-second. At least Sandoval can't break another hamate bone.
10) Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cincinnati Reds
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I had yet to address either of the middle-infield positions, and I don't have any of the shortstops remaining projected to earn close to what the top couple of second-sackers left could. I was extremely tempted to select Aaron Hill, but I opted for the track record of Phillips versus the somewhat greater upside (in the home run department) of Hill. Either way, I'm not losing out - good value, in my opinion.
11) Brett Lawrie, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
Felt like 3B and SP needed to be addressed here and even though Pasko Varnica had A-Ram, I opted to grab Lawrie just to feel at ease. So many great starters still available. Lawrie may not have the power most like at the hot corner, but he's another great 5-category guy with killer upside. The move down in the order should help increase the RBI total.
12) Jered Weaver, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
I considered Matt Cain and Yu Darvish, but chose Weaver because I trust that LAA will give him plenty of run support. That run support will translate into at least 16 wins, if not more. Whether other metrics will regress or bounce back is pure speculation.
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