In Texas, he'll get AB, as well
1) A.J. Pierzynski, C, Texas Rangers
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Pierzynski won't repeat last year's out-of-nowhere career year, but he's a full-time catcher in a high scoring lineup with a friendly home ballpark. He's an excellent second catcher.
2) Starling Marte, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
Was very surprised to see Marte still on the board. Some may look at the depressed BA and stay away; I look at a potential 15-30 player coming into his own.
3) Dustin Ackley, 2B, Seattle Mariners
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
I don't know how he scored more than 80 runs with an OBP under .300 last year. Some slight improvement across the board could lead to 10th round production.
4) Lance Berkman, 1B, Texas Rangers
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
Berkman probably won't stay healthy the entire season, but I don't need him to. As long as he can stay in the lineup until Corey Hart returns, I can use the pair to get premium production at my CI roster spot.
5) Adam Eaton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
Eaton will start from day one and has big steals potential. He is no sure thing as a rookie, but I like his potential to help in several categories. He was a guy I was targeting for late in the draft and ended up getting a chance to nab him.
6) Tim Hudson, SP, Atlanta Braves
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
After 18 rounds, I only had three starting pitchers in David Price, Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson. In case Halladay and Johnson have lingering injury issues, I became worried about wins. Hudson has always been a fantasy favorite of mine because all he does is win. He doesn't strike many batters out anymore, but he is good for 15 wins and a mid-3.00 ERA.
7) Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
The second catcher run could be coming soon and although Ruiz will be suspended for the first 25 games, the talent level of the remaining catchers should be very close to the waiver guy I pick up to fill in for those 25 games. After that, I end up with last year's No. 4 overall catcher.
8) Kelly Johnson, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
Despite Brian McCann, Jonathan Niese, and A.J. Pierzynski going before me, all targets of mine, I still got my best available from the previous round. Tampa Bay gets the most of their players so expect a year of "Good Kelly."
9) Rafael Betancourt, RP, Colorado Rockies
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
I only planned on drafting two closers, but Betancourt here was too alluring to pass up. His fly-ball issues shouldn't jeopardize his hold on the job barring a complete collapse of velocity.
10) Ryan Cook, RP, Oakland Athletics
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
Well, it seems that I have still waited for too long to assemble a corps of relievers who are entering the season as closers - at least, for certain that they are. I have Cook as the best projected reliever (and part-time closer), by a good bit, of those who remain, for a variety of reasons (outlined here). After I made it, I realized that I could regret not taking a different target of mine - a teammate of Cook's - with this pick.
11) Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
Big fan of third-year starters who have shown growth over their first two seasons, and Hellickson has done just that with an increase in strikeout rate and a decrease in walks issued, all while inducing more ground balls. There's more than just a chance he takes another step forward this year. Was going to take Alex Avila here but Pasko looked like he was primed to pounce on some starters.
12) Adam Dunn, 1B, Chicago White Sox
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
My team can absorb his low BA. If he performs like last year, his projected 40+ HRs will come in handy.
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