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1) Alex Avila, C, Detroit Tigers
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
If Avila returns to his 2011 form he is a steal; I wanted McCann or Ruiz but waited one round too long.
2) John Jaso, C, Oakland Athletics
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
Kicking myself for not grabbing Avila with previous pick as Pasko runs off two from my queue in Avila and Adam Dunn. Catcher position is near barren, so Jaso as the new primary in Oakland is really the best option out there. Fantastic walk rate with decent contact numbers will hopefully keep the average respectable and add in some decent runs-scored production. Not thrilled with the pick, but it's better than getting stuck with nothing as your second catcher.
3) Jarrod Parker, SP, Oakland Athletics
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
Parker is Ryan Cook's teammate whom I was also targeting. I realized after I selected Cook that the market for Parker might be more competitive than that for Cook, whose development and ability I love but whose services may not be in as great a demand. Parker has already fallen, based on ADP. But, it worked out, and I like the strikeout upside of one of my depth starting pitchers.
4) Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City Royals
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
My outfield needed two more starters, and Cain was the remaining option with the most power-speed upside. Injuries have halted his growth, and while he won't hit much higher than, say, .270, a campaign of 15-20 or better is possible, and this was a perfect time to test that potential.
5) Phil Hughes, SP, New York Yankees
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
The remainder of my short list was brutalized in the 8 picks between mine. Rafael Betancourt, Ryan Cook, and Alex Avila - all gone. Don't get me wrong, I like Hughes and think he is on tap for a big year, but I feel more comfortable dumpster-diving for pitching than catcher, and those were some tremendous values at closer. I waited too long.
6) Jason Kubel, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
In need of a little more power to round out my lineup, Kubel fills the fifth outfielder spot nicely. He hit 30 homers last season in Arizona and a few extra interleague games will allow him to DH.
7) Denard Span, OF, Washington Nationals
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
I am still avoiding catchers at this point. There are plenty of pitching options left on the board, so I decided to start filling my bench by selecting Span, the Nationals' new leadoff hitter. Reports from Nationals camp indicate that Span is motivated to return to his 2009-2010 form and hit .300 with more stolen bases. I'll sign up for that right now.
8) Michael Young, 1B/3B, Philadelphia Phillies
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I was thinking of taking Young or Logan Morrison here and ended up with both, taking Morrison a round later. Young is on the decline and his dip in power is a concern, but I still think he is a more than capable fantasy option at the corner infield spot for me.
9) Derek Holland, SP, Texas Rangers
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
With this pick, I was looking for a SP that was a solid source of strikeouts and wins with upside potential. Holland's age (26) and improving control (2.8 K/BB in 2012) gives good reason to think a breakout could be around the corner.
10) Bobby Parnell, RP, New York Mets
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
There's no doubting Frank Francisco has a huge arm, but elbow woes could lead to the fireballing, ground-ball-inducing Parnell becoming the Mets' closer.
11) Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Minnesota Twins
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
I took Plouffe to cover myself in case Middlebrooks doesn't pan out. Plouffe should hit 30 HR in the middle of the order for the Twins.
12) Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas Rangers
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Ray's selection of Parnell two picks prior was a punch to the gut. There were a trio of middle infielders on the board that I felt could serve as early season place holders, and that was all the motivation I needed to take Profar. There isn't an immediate opening for him, but he's ready when one presents itself.
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