7) Roy Halladay, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
This could be the steal of the whole draft. Halladay had a down year in 2012 mired with injuries and inconsistency. He appears to be healthy now and is motivated to prove last year was a fluke. Grabbing him in the 8th round could provide some of the best value for any player available if he returns to his 2011 form.
No middle rounds for Middlebrooks
8) Mat Latos, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
With lots of pitchers starting to come off the board, I thought now was the time to get my second starter. I had a tough call choice here between two Reds – Latos and Johnny Cueto. I just like Latos a little more as he has better strikeout numbers. And I think Latos can improve on last season some, especially with his wins total.
9) Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
Scherzer had a slow start to 2012, but lowered his ERA in each subsequent month, finishing the season with a 1.91 ERA and a 6.0 strikeout to walk ratio in 6 starts during September and October. It's unrealistic to expect a sub-3.00 ERA over an entire season, but 200+ strikeouts seems virtually guaranteed assuming he stays healthy.
10) James Shields, SP, Kansas City Royals
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
Others might be nervous with Shields as their top arm. I'm not. He's about as stable as they come on the hill, gets a lot of punchouts (8.82 per nine last year), and combines that skill with an increasing ground ball rate (52 percent in '12).
11) Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston Red Sox
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster
When it got to be two picks away, I saw Max Scherzer and Kris Medlen both on the board. I only really wanted one of them so I was happy when Ray took Scherzer. This allowed me to grab Middlebrooks who I think can build on last year's rookie season. He should hit 6th in that order and there is a good chance he hits 25/90 this season.
12) R.A. Dickey, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Dickey was an easy pick for me, and he helped make me feel better about my decision to pass on Sabathia with my previous pick. A move from the National League to the American League will help cut into his strikeout rate, but he and King Felix will lay a nice foundation in ERA and WHIP for my team and do so in over 450-plus innings combined.
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