7) David Murphy, OF, Texas Rangers
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
Murphy gets his best shot at a starting job with Josh Hamilton now in Anaheim. He's produced some very nice numbers when he's played – including a .304 average with 15 homers and 10 steals last season. The skills are there.
8) Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
In a weekly lineup league there is room for one or two high upside midseason stashes on the bench, especially this far out from opening day. Taveras has .300/.370/.500+ written all over him; can he do it year one? We'll see.
9) Alex Cobb, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Tampa back-enders remain solid bets for pitching profit. Cobb had a mini-breakthrough last year in terms of command. The ground-ball artist is a lot like Trevor Cahill, whom Steve Gardner plucked before me a few rounds ago. Cobb's mid-3.00 ERA with modest strikeout upside balances my selection of Tommy Hanson in Round 22.
10) Omar Infante, 2B, Detroit Tigers
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
This is just a case of taking a likely value pick. At this stage, in the final quarter, most players are prayers. It's surprising that someone who needed some MI depth didn't want Infante, who'll probably bat second for los Tigres for most of the season. Can't beat that, at this point, and some security at MI won't hurt for me.
11) Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland Indians
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
How quickly people forget. He was one of the most highly touted young pitchers last season, and a less-than-spectacular debut that was rushed to begin with, coupled with some unconventional warm-up practices, put him out of favor with the stodgy, old-school critics. A move to a more neutral park should help counter any alleged issues with moving to the American League.
12) Jhonny Peralta, SS, Detroit Tigers
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Peralta is the protection if my primary SS goes down; his projected 15 HRs are not bad to have on the bench.
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