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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