1) Michael Cuddyer, 1B/OF, Minnesota Twins
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster
I hadn't quite filled my quota for Twins outfielders so I added Cuddy. Actually, he fills the CI slot and gives me outfield depth. His numbers weren't great last year at .271-93-14-81-7, but they were good enough for this stage of the draft.
2) C.J. Wilson, SP, Texas Rangers
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Little worried about his innings limit and control, but he still made a successful transition to starting. As my No. 6 starting pitcher, I'm OK with a little drop-off - he keeps the ball on the ground, which solidifies my trust.
3) Miguel Tejada, 3B/SS, San Francisco Giants
Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster
It's fun to hate on him, but he'll still put up decent power numbers from an extremely shallow position. Honestly how much difference is there likely to be between Tejada and Stephen Drew or Alexei Ramirez? In a perfect world I'd take the younger guys, but at this point I'll deal with his mediocrity.
A return to NL could help Vazquez
4) Chris D. Johnson, 3B, Houston Astros
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Last year he gave the impression that he may be immune to a sophomore jinx.
5) Leo Nunez, RP, Florida Marlins
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
This is the type of guy you end up having to take a chance on when you don't roster the top flight closers. I feel good enough about my offense to take the chance.
6) Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, Cleveland Indians
Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Was looking for insurance behind Marco Scutaro at short. If Cabrera is healthy, and from what I've heard he is, he might very well be worth even more than Marco when all is said and done.
7) Ryan Raburn, OF, Detroit Tigers
Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster
I decided to outsource this pick to the wisdom of crowds, who have serenaded Raburn with sleeper love this off-season for his elite power potential if sketchy contact rate. Hopefully, I didn't Boesch this pick.
8) Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster
If he can stay healthy for entire season, he has 30 HR, .275 BA upside. A sleeper pick at the corner.
9) Ricky Romero, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I usually fill out my pitching staff late and Romero proves that can be a good strategy. He is the ace of the Blue Jays and should continue to grow. He took his game to a new level last season, providing wins, a solid ERA and WHIP as well as getting strikeouts. If he cuts down on walks this season, his game will go to a new level.
10) Edwin Jackson, SP, Chicago White Sox
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
This up-and-down tease had a great finish to 2010 after ChiSox PC Don Cooper worked with him. The K/9 contribution remains alluring enough that he's easily worth a shot here.
11) Javier Vazquez, SP, Florida Marlins
Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster
After taking Roy Halladay as my ace, I waited until Round 11 to take my next pitcher. In the 10 rounds since, Vazquez is the 7th pitcher I've taken. To me, this is where the value lies. And back in the NL East, Vazquez has the potential upside of a guy who just two seasons ago went 15-10 with a 2.87 ERA.
12) Kevin Gregg, RP, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Collin Hager, FantasyPros911.com | Roster
My bet to be the closer in Baltimore given Alfredo Simon's "issues." Gregg gives me a second closer and the saves I need to hold my own in the category.
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