1) J.P. Arencibia, C, Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
I wanted Ryan Doumit, but arrived late so I went with Arencibia while eyeing Carlos Ruiz in a later round.
Bender's night moves for Seager
2) Kyle Seager, 3B, Seattle Mariners
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
He's another strong addition who follows my strategy of drafting solid power/speed guys. He's got 20-HR power and double-digit steals potential and should see his batting average climb soon enough with those tasty line drive rates of his. The fences coming in at Safeco Field should also help those home/road splits of his.
3) Manny Machado, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I'm a curmudgeon when it comes to drafting very young players. I don't take their general instability lightly. What does it say that I'm letting a lot ride on one at third base, then? Waiting this long on a third baseman wasn't part of the original plan, but Machado entered when my plan evolved. I love his talent (on par with that of other buzz-worthy 20-year-olds) and the expectations for him (just play ball and grow as a player while hacking at the bottom of the order.) Just get me by.
4) Jason Grilli, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
His renaissance was bolstered by health and skills improvement. I think Mark Melancon may be a bigger threat than most realize, mainly because of Grilli's age and inexperience in the role, but the incumbent has posted some of the finest relief numbers over the last two years. Now he'll add closures to that line. Bully.
5) Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
I usually stay away from these types, but I feel more comfortable with Ryu then past Asian cross-overs. K's may not be overwhelming, but pinpoint control could lead to a significantly better WHIP than others available now and this team should net a pile of W's.
6) Anibal Sanchez, SP, Detroit Tigers
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
Sanchez was at his best down the stretch (2.21 ERA in his final 61 innings) as the Tigers advanced to the World Series. Though I thought about taking a closer, another solid starter seemed more important with this pick.
7) Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
With one outfield spot still vacant, I was debating between Soriano and Torii Hunter. In the end I opted for Soriano who had a renaissance season in 2012 with over 30 home runs and 100 RBI. Even if he regresses a bit this year, it is hard to argue with getting at least 20 home runs and 80 RBI from a 5th outfielder. He gets to play half his games at the Friendly Confines, which is always a good thing. While he is the subject of trade rumors again, he is the type of power hitter who can hit long balls no matter what park he calls home.
Hart of gold at this pick?
8) Torii Hunter, OF, Detroit Tigers
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I almost grabbed Hunter a few rounds back but went with other options, which looks like a good idea at this point. I don't expect Hunter to repeat last season by any means but he can hit .280 with 15 homers, 80 runs and RBIs, and a few steals. I'm happy with him as my fourth outfielder.
9) Corey Hart, 1B/OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
Hart is coming at a deep discount due to the off-season knee surgery that will keep him sidelined for the start of 2013. If he can come back by June 1, he has the raw power to top 20 HR over the remainder of the season.
10) Steve Cishek, RP, Miami Marlins
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
Wanted Hart who was taken a pick ahead. Therefore decided to make the plunge with my first closer. Stronger skills than Jim Johnson who had 51 saves last year.
11) Jim Johnson, RP, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
People are really down on Johnson. While it's true that he doesn't have a high K rate, he does have the confidence of his manager which should make him a virtual lock for 40 saves this season. Plus he is now my 3rd closer, so I have pretty happy.
12) A.J. Burnett, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Burnett revived his career last season after posting ERAs north of 5.00 for the Yankees in 2010 and 2011. It wasn't a case of catching National League hitters off guard either, as he was better after the All-Star break than before it.
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