Jonesing for offensive depth
1) Jorge De La Rosa, SP, Colorado Rockies
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Fear made me do it! Last year, my teams were hit by so many injuries to pitchers that I decided to be safe and stock my bench with one more pitcher.
2) Carlos Pena, 1B, Houston Astros
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
I have backups for the outfield and middle infield, so an extra corner guy was in order. He's seen a dramatic decline these last two seasons, but perhaps staying in the AL while calling a hitter's park home can help lead to a resurgence. Should he continue his descent, he's an easy drop for my first waiver pick-up.
3) Jeff Niemann, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I considered this guy with each of my last few. It was between him, Kyle Kendrick and (briefly) Hiroyuki Nakajima for my last one. Again, not much left that is exciting, relative to the depth of this league. I opted for the greatest mix of upside and evidence to support it, in my opinion. Niemann's ability to generate K's won out over Kendrick's relative breakout potential. I'm concerned that Kyle Lohse won't sign until well into the season.
4) Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
I've taken some upside but needed a tad more Curtis Granderson coverage: Joyce plays at several hitter-friendly parks in April and, with potential weeks filled with right-handed pitchers, could contribute to a month's worth of elite replacement production ... potentially a fine platoon play throughout the season anyway. Maybe the extra hitting studies he's doing this offseason will make him something more than that.
5) Mike Olt, 1B, Texas Rangers
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
He might not last on my roster beyond Week 1, but this is the time of year for high-upside fliers. Middle-of-the-order bats in lethal lineups with 30+ HR upside usually aren't here and all it takes is one injury to open the door.
6) Garrett Jones, 1B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
The best hitter left on the board in the final round. He's 31, but is coming off career-highs in home runs (27) and RBI (86). An excellent fill-in if anyone gets hurt.
The draft's final six picks....
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