7) Brandon League, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
To be competitive in the saves category, I wanted to get at least one more closer on top of Jonathan Papelbon and Jonathan Broxton. This is a bit of a crapshoot, but I took League in the hopes that he is able to work on his control and harness his powerful arm into a dominant ninth-inning force. I would expect League to have a short least, so I should know relatively quickly whether this will be a boom-or-bust pick.
Uggla not so ugly here
8) Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I really think McCann could be a steal in Round 18 for my second catcher. He was dogged by injuries last season and certainly has the upside to turn it around. He is a risk as he isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season, but I think his upside outweighs that at this point in the draft.
9) Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta Braves
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
From 2007 through 2011, Uggla had 5 straight seasons of 30+ HR. For the low price of an 18th round pick, I'm willing to bet that those 5 seasons are a better indication of Uggla's true skill level than is the one disappointing season of 2012.
10) Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B, New York Yankees
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
He qualifies at both corner infield spots; will get to hit in a solid batters yard in New York; is motivated; and has reworked his swing a bit. All of those things are pluses.
11) Jonathon Niese, SP, New York Mets
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
Niese was an easy pick for me here. He is always so underrated in drafts. While it's true that the Mets may struggle offensively this season, Niese should anchor their rotation to the tune of 14 wins and 150 K's.
12) Juan Pierre, OF, Miami Marlins
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Pierre stole 37 bases for the Phillies as a part-time player that received under 400 at-bats. He should see full-time work for the Marlins this year and I expect him to best 40 stolen bases while helping offset poor average sluggers on my team like Alvarez.
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