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.
7) Chris Nelson, 2B/3B, Colorado Rockies
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
I wanted to bolster my depth at two positions and Nelson was the choice over Tampa Bay's Ryan Roberts. I think he'll see a decent amount of playing time at third – at least to start the season.
8) Dillon Gee, SP, New York Mets
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
Showed all of the skills you want out of a starting arm last year - high K/9s, strong K/BB, solid ratios. I'm more worried about the team around him than his arm staying intact though.
9) Ricky Romero, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Sure, it burned me, but Mark made my decision easier. Extreme regression, please: Romero has to be better, if he's healthy. I'm throwing out his 2012 peripherals. Considered Jorge De La Rosa, Jeff Niemann and others, but this payoff was the biggest. A return to 2010, not 2011 (pipe dream), hardly constitutes a stretch.
10) Vinnie Pestano, RP, Cleveland Indians
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I spent awhile debating what to do with this pick. As my eyes glazed over Pestano's name on my cheat sheet, I thought, Boy, wouldn't I be pissed if Chris Perez suffered an injury (like he did last spring) or just took a metaphorical performance crap between now and opening day? Five weeks! This security means more to me than the remote possibilities of what remains.
11) Dylan Bundy, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
Looking for pitching depth but nothing on the board looked attractive to me. I opted for a stash and was wavering between recovering Tommy John surgery alum like Danny Duffy or Cory Luebke who could be back mid-season, or baseball's hottest young pitching prospect in Bundy. The Orioles have already said that there's a strong chance he contributes in the second half this season, so rather than fight for him later, I'll grab him right now.
12) Travis d'Arnaud, C, New York Mets
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
My drafts traditionally end with a high ranked prospect projected to join the majors during the season. d'Arnaud fits this profile, and my team needs a third, bench catcher.
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