1) Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, Chicago Cubs
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
We know that there is a high turnover of closers throughout the season. I am betting that one of them will see Fujikawa replace Carlos Marmol. If not, no fear, there will be free-agent closers coming soon.
Will Fiers burn or die out?
2) Jason Vargas, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
He's not going to dazzle you with strikeouts, but he can maintain decent ratios for a back-of-the-rotation guy to stream in. His home-road splits indicate that Safeco Field has helped him, but Angel Stadium plays very well to pitchers too. A good innings-eater to have as depth.
3) Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Cleveland Indians
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I'm really confident in Manny Machado (to be adequate, at least) for a multitude of reasons, but my confidence doesn't negate the risk. Chisenhall is my stab - the last legit stab left, in my opinion - to gain some more upside at the hot corner. I'm wary that he'll struggle to hit southpaws and end up in platoon duty, but if he runs with this opp, he could hit 20 homers. I had my eyes on Domonic Brown, too, but third base was my greater concern, especially since I took Jon Jay with my last pick. I thought Brown might come back, too, but he doesn't, it turns out.
4) Matt Carpenter, 1B/3B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
... and hopefully 2B, as well. At this juncture, why not? His 15-15 potential would look nice from the keystone job for which he's fighting, and this gives me even more Curtis Granderson and CI coverage.
5) Brandon McCarthy, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
He has the skills to push a 3.00 ERA, and the move to the NL will only help; just needs to stay healthy.
6) Mike Fiers, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
Fiers has an excellent strikeout rate (9.5 K/9), especially for someone who doesn't throw all that hard (88.1 mph). Gotta love those skills, especially for a bench spot.
7) Wilson Ramos, C, Washington Nationals
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
Still needing another catcher at this point, I went with Ramos, who will likely be the starter in Washington assuming he remains healthy. Ramos is capable of being a respectable hitter, but injuries have derailed his career thus far. I knew what I was in store for when I punted the catching position, so the combination of A.J. Ellis and Ramos won't make anyone else shake in their boots.
8) Wei-Yin Chen, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
Chen had an awful second half, but I can't ignore what he did in the first half of his first full season in the majors. I look for him to take a step forward this season and improve on his numbers slightly from last season, making him a good spot starter for my team.
9) Luke Gregerson, RP, San Diego Padres
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
I selected Gregerson primarily to handcuff Huston Street, who is highly likely to get hurt at some point during the year. When he does, Gregerson is the most likely candidate to pick up the saves in his absence. Thanks to his very low ERA and WHIP, I can also use him in a pinch if I am trying to avoid a bad matchup for one of my SP.
10) Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
I really didn't need another outfielder, but with Delmon Young nursing an ankle maybe, just maybe, Brown flashes that 20-20 talent.
11) Edinson Volquez, SP, San Diego Padres
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
Volquez is a streaky pitcher who pitches in PETCO Park. He also strikes out a ton of guys. Safe pick this late in the draft.
12) Ryan Ludwick, OF, Cincinnati Reds
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
I anticipate on the Rays opening the season with Myers in the minors to delay starting his service time clock. With that in mind, I needed an outfielder as a stop gap, and Ludwick fills that need.
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