6. Stephen Pryor is a relief pitcher who plays for the Seattle Mariners.
Pryor was also my 41st-round selection. Being that I'm a Tom Wilhelmsen owner, the pick makes a whole lot of sense. But then there's Carter Capps, who was drafted ten rounds earlier. From what I'm reading, he could also factor into the ninth inning mix in the event of a Wilhelmsen injury or trade. Carter Capps. Is he related to Matt Capps?
7. Wesley Wright, the saves sleeper?
Jose Veras is set to open the season as Houston's closer, but I have a feeling that his sky-high walk rate will eventually cost him the ninth-inning job. I had to dig up the Astros' roster to figure this one out, but Wright seems like the logical replacement. He's coming off a stellar 2012 campaign in which he pitched to a 3.27 ERA and 1.18 WHIP while whiffing more than a batter per inning. Right now, he's at the top of my queue as my Round 43 pick nears. Shhh.
8. The Pittsburgh Pirates' starting shortstop is ... Clint Barmes.
The last time I even thought about Barmes was a few years ago, when he got injured carrying luggage up a flight of stairs. And it looks like I haven't been missing much, as he's struggled mightily over the past few seasons. But he does have some pop along with a guarantee of 450-plus at-bats, as long as he sticks to elevators, or even escalators.
9. Kyle Blanks is tearing it up.
Injuries combined with a penchant for striking out way too much have derailed the once promising career of this former top prospect. But check out what he's doing this spring: 12-for-28 (.429 AVG) with two homers and seven RBIs through 13 games. We know Blanks has power, so if he can hit his way onto the Padres' opening day roster, there's at least a tiny bit of value to be had here. And guess who is right below Wesley Wright on my queue.
10. Freddy Garcia signed with the San Diego Padres?
Talk about an under-the-radar off-season move. I totally missed this one. My first reaction was to add Garcia to my queue. After all, if you're a pitcher looking to bounce back from a terrible season, San Diego is the place to be! My second reaction was to head over to the Padres' official website and scan the starting rotation depth chart. No Freddy Garcia. My third reaction was to look at Garcia's stat line through three starts this spring: 13.50 ERA, 2.10 WHIP, .375 BAA.
My fourth reaction? Remove him from my queue.
I told you this was a learning experience.
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