1) Ichiro Suzuki, OF, New York Yankees
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Suzuki is 39. Will he repeat his last year's stellar performance in NY? I am willing to risk.
Not a CHIP, but a sleeper
2) Marco Estrada, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
Felt the need to address pitching here and thought about Hiroki Kuroda and Doug Fister. But Estrada's 9.30 K/9 was in the top 10 of pitchers who threw 100-plus innings last year and he does a tremendous job of limiting walks (1.86 BB/9). He's just coming into his own right now and I expect him to move up a level of performance this season.
3) Alexi Ogando, SP, Texas Rangers
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I felt a little urgency to draft a reliever here, on the comeback, but I'm going to gamble that one or two of those I'm targeting will still be available. I expect a number of them to go after I select, but I need to begin building pitching depth, period, with a focus on strikeout pitchers with high-end skills. Ogando has already proven that he can be above-average in a starting role, thanks to guidance from his organization as well as his own abilities.
4) Doug Fister, SP, Detroit Tigers
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Not my ideal choice considering his shaky K profile, but everything else about him is gold. If I'm going to experiment with upside arms later on, this is quite the bedrock to allow me to pursue that strategy. I believe in him enough to consider this a steal.
5) John Axford, RP, Milwaukee Brewers
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
I like closers that have held the job for multiple years and don't have any viable threats behind them. Axford fits that mold perfectly, only concern being I think he tried to pitch through an injury last year so here's hoping he's over whatever ailed him.
6) Mike Morse, 1B/OF, Seattle Mariners
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
It seems Morse has dropped a little further than he should have because of the trade to Seattle. He may have some contact issues, but he hits the ball hard ... and a left-field wall that's 10-12 feet closer and over 10 feet lower makes him a definite home run threat, especially in a division with Houston and Texas.
How'd the round finish?
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