1) CC Sabathia, SP, New York Yankees
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Reports indicate that Sabathia's injury was minor and that he is fully healed. Even with an NY offense that is a bit older, pitching from the top of the NY rotation will give Sabathia 15 wins and perhaps more. Others considered were R.A. Dickey, Max Scherzer and Jordan Zimmermann.
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2) Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
Two others need a first baseman and Rizzo's power potential puts him at the top of those remaining. Still solid, proven talent on the board, but I don't see him coming back to me in the next round. Hitting in Wrigley and batting third offers some serious promise for a 30-100 season.
3) Alex Rios, OF, Chicago White Sox
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
Rios represented, to me, what was the last member of a tier of higher-end performers in the outfield, so this was kind of a fear-induced selection. It's a violation of policy: avoid him in a year after he's had a good one. The reason I was willing to gamble (I think it's a gamble, anyway): 2012 was the byproduct of a swing makeover and, perhaps, an attitude adjustment. Rios has long been an immature player, but maybe he's growing up. At least, I hope so. I kind of regretted not taking Ike Davis.
4) Ike Davis, 1B, New York Mets
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
My target at this position landed in my lap. (OK, well, Freddie Freeman was, as well, but he went earlier.) Davis' 30-homer profile should be joined by a much better clip than he produced in an odd 2012. Anything closer to, say, .270 will make him one of the most profitable draft picks this year, let alone among first basemen.
5) Jordan Zimmermann, SP, Washington Nationals
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
I am a proponent of collecting pitching on the cheap, but in order to do so you must acquire low WHIP starters to build around. Gonzalez should be, but might not be; Zimmermann is a certainty. Peripherals are trending up, too. My 1-2 starting pitchers will produce like top-5-round guys, only at a much cheaper rate.
6) Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco Giants
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
I'm a little concerned by Pence's poor numbers after the trade to San Francisco, but will chalk them up to a small sample size and focus instead on his career totals. He's averaged 23 homers, 97 RBI and 10 steals per year over the past three seasons. I'm happy with that at this point in the draft.
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