1) Clayton Richard, SP, San Diego Padres
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster
Richard probably isn't as good as the 14-9, 3.75 ERA he posted last year, but is a decent option to use in a weekly format when he is schedule to have a start or two at home, where he sported a 3.15 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and .227 BAA.
2) Tyler Colvin, OF, Chicago Cubs
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Needed a No. 5 outfield type with some upside and tabbed Colvin's power; I have enough speedy BA types. Colvin will be part of a rotation but packs plenty of pine pop and profit potential.
3) Seth Smith, OF, Colorado Rockies
Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster
I have not heard anyone talking about Smith this spring, but his minor league numbers indicate there's a whole lot more than he showed in 2010. I'm thinking a .280 season with 25 HRs is not out of the question.
4) Mike M. Adams, RP, San Diego Padres
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
I fell in love with his low ERA and WHIP.
Colvin provides OF depth
5) Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
I wanted to bolster my pitching staff, but there are a handful of starters and relievers I could go with, so I backed up my weakest hitting position by adding this speedster (my other SS is Jason Bartlett).
6) Dallas Braden, SP, Oakland Athletics
Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
I realize Braden is a soft tosser who doesn't strike out a ton of guys, but he does sport a nice WHIP and managed to keep his ERA down. Oakland should be better in 2011 as well, giving him a chance for more victories.
7) Kevin Slowey, SP, Minnesota Twins
Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster
Bedeviled by poor luck. Perhaps pitching godfather Bert Blyleven's induction to the Hall of Fame brings some karma to Slowey.
8) David Murphy, OF, Texas Rangers
Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster
Considered him for my final OF spot, so when he was still available as a reserve, it was a no-brainer. Should produce 15/15 with a .280 BA and has upside if he gets more playing time.
9) Jake Westbrook, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
Lots of similar starting pitchers at this point, but I had my eye on Westbrook. I like his upside in his first full season with the Cardinals and Dave Duncan.
10) Jonny Venters, RP, Atlanta Braves
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
Another in my run of high K/9 southpaws with shot at saves. Not ideal profile in general, perhaps, but managers' mindsets regarding "closers" may be shifting. Was surprised Venters lasted considering that he may share responsibilities.
11) Josh Thole, C, New York Mets
Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster
I'm one of the last to fill his second catcher spot, but I don't feel too badly about it. Just about all the catchers outside of the top 10 are hit-or-miss guys. I'm just looking for someone who won't hurt my team and Thole's contact rate should ensure he has a decent batting average.
12) Fausto Carmona, SP, Cleveland Indians
Team: Collin Hager, FantasyPros911.com | Roster
Needs better command, but he won 13 games with a 3.77 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Like to see more than 124 Ks in 200 innings, but he is a good upside selection for rotation depth.
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