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.
How'd the round end?
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