8) P James Paxton, Seattle Mariners
Rudy Gamble, Razzball | Roster
I am more lukewarm than most on rookie pitchers, and Paxton is no exception. Has shown below-average control and a solid (but not spectacular) K rate. But he's a lefty with a great arm (i.e. 95 mph fastball) and has a starting rotation spot in a pitcher's park. Worth the flyer.
9) 3B Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins
Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster
Lewis will be in the news
3B phenom Miguel Sano will have to get Tommy John Surgery. Look for Plouffe to hold down the job at the hot corner for one more season. Plouffe has some power, but I am looking to trade him if he gets off to a hot start.
10) 1B/OF Andrew Lambo, Pittsburgh Pirates
Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
Just filling the bench with hopefuls who can give great returns instead of others whose production I can more easily predict and who don't do a lot for me. The Bucs would be thrilled to see this former top prospect (LHB) take 1B PAs from RHB Gaby Sanchez. Lambo has the power to hit 25-plus bombs.
11) 1B Justin Smoak, Seattle Mariners
Ryan Bloomfield, Baseball HQ | Roster
Speculation time: Hoping that this once top prospect can regain some of the magic. I think he has 30-plus-HR power but will likely come at the expense of BA. Playing time a question too with Corey Hart and Logan Morrison to contend with.
12) SP Jacob Turner, Miami Marlins
Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I think I'm higher on Turner than most as I have nabbed him in many early drafts. The once highly touted prospect has a spot in the rotation in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. He flashed some good things at times last season, and I look for him to take a step forward in 2014.
13) SP Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals
Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
There's nothing special about him, but he's a lefty who eats innings and should keep his ERA right around 4.00 at the worst. He makes for a good fill-in and potential streamer if the match-ups are right.
14) SP Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers
Andrew Martinez, Rotowire | Roster
Reports have Lewis hitting 89 mph in spring training and if he can show the command he had from before the injuries, he might make the rotation.
15) SP Trevor Cahill, Arizona Diamondbacks
Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
Last year, he had three months with ERAs under 3.00. Another at 3.22. Then there was that 0-5 record and 9.85 ERA in June that was fueled by a .402 BABIP. I'll take my chances.
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