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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