7) Mike Minor, SP, Atlanta Braves
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
One of my favorite middle-round picks this season, Minor had much better peripheral stats than his 4.12 ERA indicated. His BABIP was unusually low, but he has strikeout ability and upside – not to mention a great bullpen behind him.
8) Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
Highly regarded prospect is destined for the top of the order and has speed to burn, exactly what my team is lacking, and with Everth Cabrera looking at a suspension I couldn't gamble getting sniped on Segura.
9) J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
A lot of midrange, promising SPs left, but shortstops ... not so much. Hardly a sexy pick, but it fills a big need and makes me calmer since I already filled my MI spot with Rickie Weeks. Hardy's homer-fueled profile was probably the most stable skill left among any 6, so it made sense to get him now and fill in holes later.
10) Chris Perez, RP, Cleveland Indians
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
This is precisely the reliever I was targeting two rounds ago. It may come as a surprise or seem misguided to many fantasy players, but I believe that Perez is undervalued for a series of reasons (summed up in our sleepers & undervalued section on RPs). I'll stand by that projection, and if I'm wrong, so be it. I'll learn from it. I wasn't willing to wait on the position any longer. In the past couple of years, I've waited too long to address it and found that where I am in saves is what has prevented me from winning.
11) Glen Perkins, RP, Minnesota Twins
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
Still reeling from Heaney stealing Greg Holland back in Round 13, but I'm in need of a second closer and one whose job security is fairly solid. Nothing worse than having to spend all your FAAB money chasing saves. He may not rack up a ton of saves, but his ratios and rate stats are fantastic. He'll do just fine as a complementary closer.
12) Howard Kendrick, 2B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Playing in a potent LAA lineup, I expect a decent production from a 2B picked in the 15th round.
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