1) Stephen Drew, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
Team: Collin Hager, FantasyPros911.com | Roster
I went into this set of swing picks thinking two pitchers, and there are some good ones still on my board. Still, I can't pass up Drew here given the shortstops remaining. The problem with the sandwich picks is you have to somewhat look ahead. I don't pick again for 20-plus selections. With only 7 teams having drafted a starter at the position and MI spots to fill, Drew was the more logical call.
2) Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland Indians
Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster
This was a very difficult pick because I really wanted to back up my Mike Stanton pick with Jay Bruce for an awesome 1-2 power punch. Instead I opted to fill my No. 1 catcher spot, even though I actually have Santana ranked 12 spots below where we are in the draft (74th overall). However, with 20 picks to go before my selection in Round 8 I felt I needed to reach a bit here to avoid getting stuck with a much weaker No. 1 catcher.
3) Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
Drew: SS thinning out
This southpaw has one of most secure skill sets in baseball, something he has in common with my first two pitchers. My comp has been picking through bats in the past couple of rounds, so I wanted to test an approach involving one part focus on high-end, efficient strikeout pitchers. However you view the "worth" of pitching, my team's triumvirate is no less reliable than the hitters who are going now, and are probably more so.
4) Josh M. Johnson, SP, Florida Marlins
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I had no intentions of taking a pitcher with this pick but couldn't pass up the prospects of adding Johnson or David Price as my No. 2 pitcher. I was surprised to see both still available. I took Johnson because I think he has a little more upside for huge things. He is an injury risk, but he has huge potential as evident by his dominating numbers last season.
5) Martin Prado, 2B/3B/OF, Atlanta Braves
Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster
Best 2B left on the board and one of the few career .300 hitters remaining. At a good age for power growth, giving him 20 HR upside. Scored 100 runs last season, so a big help in that category as well.
6) Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees
Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster
Very disappointed that Stephen Drew, who I think is going to have a breakout season, was selected five spots earlier. Instead, I'll go with Curtis Granderson, who like my sixth round pick is suffering from a negative overreaction thanks to a bad early couple of months last season. Otherwise, Granderson has been pretty steady and still maintains the statistical upside that goes with playing in a top lineup in a great hitter's ballpark.
7) Corey Hart, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Showed me his toughness last year and stayed healthy for a full season. I like the fact that Prince will be in the lineup with him for at least one more year to help pad Corey's run or RBI totals. Hart is a solid middle of the lineup run producer even when he wears his sunglasses at night.
8) Tommy Hanson, SP, Atlanta Braves
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
I never take two SPs in my first seven choices – never - but when Prado and Drew were taken before me I went with Hanson. Not seing any hitters who stuck out, I figured I'd take the top SP on my board and then head back to offense next.
9) Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Colorado Rockies
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
What's not to like about him? Well, for one thing, he pitches in Colorado. And his second half last season was not as stellar as the first half. Nevertheless, I love his wins category and hope for a 20 win season. Must admit that I had considered Yovani Gallardo.
10) Chris B. Young, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster
People are a little leery on Young because of his low average and the fact that he's had a very up-and-down career. In the past four years he's had two great seasons, one mediocre campaign and one that I don't want to even think about. I'm gonna focus on the obvious 30/30 potential and let the chips fall. I think I've built a team that can absorb his .250 average.
11) Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati Reds
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Shortstops continue to drop, so I'll grab an outfielder; I was considering Young (thanks, Doug). Man crush alert: I grabbed Bruce in K-BAD's fifth round last year (overzealous?), so here's OK with another season under his belt. 30 HR is well within range, and Bruce has the peripherals to improve his clip. If he doesn't, I can live with it considering my BA base.
12) Mike Napoli, C/1B, Texas Rangers
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster
In a two-catcher league I figured it was about time to add a catcher. I like Napoli for a number of reasons. He should get plenty of at bats in that powerful Texas lineup at C, 1B, and DH. That extra eligibility makes Napoli desirable. With 20+ HRs for three straight years, he helps make up for Andrus and Butler, who are lacking in that department. I'm expecting a .270-65-28-75-3 line.
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