1) Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Tillman isn't as good as his surface stats indicate, but he finally cashed in on his promise as a former blue chip prospect. His increase in velocity last year and success, even if it was somewhat lucky, are encouraging.
Gee whiz - a sleeper
2) Erasmo Ramirez, SP, Seattle Mariners
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
I was down to Ramirez and Dillon Gee at this point. I went with Ramirez because I love what he did in the second half last year.
3) David Robertson, RP, New York Yankees
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
Had a great season last year and people forget if he hadn't gotten hurt it likely would have been him, and not Rafael Soriano, who led the Yankees in saves.
4) Jedd Gyorko, 3B, San Diego Padres
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
Gyorko has a good shot to be the starting 2B for the Padres this year but begins the year as 3B eligible. He has mashed in the minors (55 HR over 2011-2012), and I'm willing to gamble on the upside, particularly with the SD fences moving in. If he doesn't make the team, he's an easy cut the first time I need to make a move.
5) Daniel Murphy, 2B, New York Mets
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
This was some insurance for my Chase Utley pick, looking for someone that would be an adequate fill-in for when Utley misses some time, which is bound to happen. Murphy isn't exciting but is steady. He has some steals potential and always hits for a pretty good average.
6) Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Cleveland Indians
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
It is incredible how far Jimenez has fallen in the past couple years. He was regarded as a solid fantasy option as recently as 2011, but the past year and a half has been an unmitigated disaster. He has something to prove this year on an Indians team that is expecting to compete for the AL Central crown. There is enough talent and upside left in his arm to take a flier on this late in the draft and as a bench player.
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