1) Michael Saunders, OF, Seattle Mariners
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
In a crowded Mariners outfield Saunders will play every day; there is 20-20 potential here.
Rebound for Rasmus?
2) Jose Veras, RP, Houston Astros
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
Closers seem to be a hot commodity in this draft so a third seemed like a good idea. He's dealt with command issues in the past, but for this late an investment, I'll be very happy with 20 saves from a Houston pitcher.
3) Shelby Miller, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I've waited too long for players who fill needs (outfield, swipes), or, in my opinion, worthwhile gambles to attempt to address them. I'm opting for considerable upside, regardless of position, and Miller fits. These kinds of gambles are much more meaningful because, if they pan out, they create a real surplus of resources. Perhaps I may turn some of them into what I need. Miller, or Leonys Martin (a player I've eyed)? I like Martin, but his ceiling is limited to a .280 average and 20 steals. Miller's upside is significantly greater.
4) Jason Hammel, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
I drove Hammel's bandwagon after his first start and enjoyed profitable returns. His breakout resulted from positive alterations of his approach and mechanics, not luck. Even if his K's drop to about 7.00 or so per nine, his boosts in grounders forced and walks prevented make him a complete pitcher on the rise.
5) Yasmani Grandal, C, San Diego Padres
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
He could be this year's Salvador Perez, except he's on the shelf due to the juice instead of a bum knee. Still, a high average and modest power from a decent batting order spot is to be expected; just need to find a 50-game bridge.
6) Wandy Rodriguez, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
Not bad for my final starting pitcher. Although his best days have passed, the 34-year-old Rodriguez has a good home park and some solid defenders behind him.
7) Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
I had put Rasmus in my draft queue several rounds before and considered taking him in various spots. But I was hesitant to draft him as someone I would have to start because of how poorly he hit left-handers and his albatross of a batting average. But in the 24th round, I felt this was a good gamble to take because Rasmus has a lot of talent and should still put up 20+ home runs in a loaded Blue Jays' lineup.
8) Jaime Garcia, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
Garcia seems like an injury waiting to happen, but when he's healthy, I like his upside. He plays for a good team, strikes guys out and his ERA and WHIP numbers are usually more than respectable. At this point of the draft, I'm fine with taking chances on guys like Garcia.
9) Wade Davis, SP, Kansas City Royals
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
At this point in the draft, I'm drafting purely for upside. Davis was electric in relief (11.1 K/9) for the Rays last year but will be a starter again in 2013 now that's been traded to the Royals. Enough RP have made the transition to SP without a noticeable drop-off in skills that it's worth taking the gamble that Davis can do the same.
10) James McDonald, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
A tale of two halves. In the first, he was impressive (9-3, 2.37 ERA, 0.97 WHIP ). In the second, he sucked eggs (3-5, 7.52 ERA, 1.79 WHIP). Still has that power arm.
11) A.J. Griffin, SP, Oakland Athletics
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
Lots of starters were still out there, but I took a shot on Griffin. The A's play in a pitcher's park, and I like Griffin's K/BB ratio. I say he takes a big step up in 2013.
12) Colby Lewis, SP, Texas Rangers
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
We added two DL spots to rosters this year, and Lewis will occupy one of those on my roster to open the season. Hopefully he'll help my staff during the second half of the season.
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