7) David Freese, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
I took a risk by waiting so long for a 3B, but it paid off because I grabbed Freese 7 rounds after David Wright and should get similar production with the exception of a few stolen bases. Freese is capable of hitting close to .300 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI if he can stay healthy.
Youthful K's aplenty this round
8) Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
Thought about taking a closer here but with another pick coming soon, I felt taking a starter was the way to go with the guys left on the board. I looked at Moore, Dan Haren and Josh Johnson with this pick, going with Moore because he is a young pitcher that seems ready for that breakout season. He just had the most upside out of that group.
9) Aroldis Chapman, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
BaseballHQ founder Ron Shandler coined the phrase "draft skills, not roles" and that's precisely what I did with Chapman. At this point during spring training, we don't know yet whether Chapman will start or close for the Reds, but we already know he can be one of MLB's best closers and he has the talent to strike out 200 if he starts instead.
10) Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
Markakis is exactly the type of player I like to target. He's consistently solid across the board, is a veteran, and his value is depressed since he's coming off an injury plagued season. Many don't know that per 162 games his 5x5 line is .295-18-85-89-9. I'll gladly take that.
11) Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
Gardner doesn't get the credit he deserves. He posts solid numbers and very well could lead the AL in stolen bases. In fact, his numbers are very similar to Michael Bourn - except that you can get Gardner 4-5 rounds later in your draft.
12) Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Lincecum had a wretched regular season last year, but his second half numbers set a nice base line, with the upside for more, for projecting his play this year. Post ASB: 89.1 innings pitched, 4.03 BB/9, 8.66 K/9, 3.83 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. I would have considered Chapman and Moore had they been available.
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