Posted: Mon March 18, 2013 4:27PM; Updated: Mon March 18, 2013 5:11PM

Fantasy baseball 2013 preview: SI staff Mock Draft

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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout
Outfielder Mike Trout will likely be the first player selected in most fantasy baseball drafts this spring.
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With the 2013 MLB season fast approaching, 12 of Sports Illustrated's baseball and fantasy experts decided to get together for some fantasy fun. Here's an in-depth look at how the draft went, including round-by-round and team-by-team breakdowns, self-assessments from each team owner, key observations and more. Be sure to examine the rest of SI.com's draft kit, including our Top 300 rankings, printable Cheat Sheet and much more.

The format

This draft is for a 12-team standard 5x5 rotisserie league. Each team starts two catchers, one first baseman, one second baseman, one shortstop, one third baseman, one corner infielder, one middle infielder, one utility man, five outfielders and nine pitchers.

The draft order

1. Bette Marston, SI.com associate producer
2. Stephen Cannella, SI assistant managing editor
3. Joe Lemire, SI staff writer
4. Paul Forrester, SI.com producer
5. Albert Chen, SI staff writer
6. Ben Reiter, SI staff writer
7. Ted Keith, SI.com producer
8. Michael Beller, SI.com fantasy contributor
9. Jay Jaffe, SI.com MLB blogger
10. Mallory Rubin, SI.com senior editor
11. Eric Mack, SI.com fantasy contributor
12. Cliff Corcoran, SI.com MLB blogger

Some observations

• The first closer went off the board way too soon: Craig Kimbrel may be the best fantasy reliever by a mile, but drafted at No. 23 overall, he went off the board before such starters as Matt Cain, Felix Hernandez and Cole Hamels and such bats as Jose Reyes, Bryce Harper and David Wright. Regardless of the format, the first closer tends to go around pick No. 50, though that average can drop even later in rotisserie formats. Kimbrel will post a low ERA and deliver plenty of saves, but saves simply don't carry enough weight against the nine other categories to justify this draft position. The next closer taken? Jonathan Papelbon in Round 9.

• The first catcher went too early as well: Buster Posey is coming off an MVP season, and he's clearly the best option at his position. He's got dual eligibility working in his favor as well. But Posey's inflated value in this draft and many others stems largely from an outdated perception of the catcher position, which is no longer the thinnest in fantasy and is in fact quite deep. How deep? Well, Brian McCann went in Round 16. Catchers always pose a heavy injury risk, making them unwise first-round picks, and they rarely live up to their draft position when its elevated to this extreme -- just ask Joe Mauer. Even if Posey has another incredible season, he's unlikely to finish as a top-seven fantasy performer.

• The first rookie went in Round 10: Tampa Bay super-phenom Will Myers has dominated the headlines this spring, but San Diego infielder Jedd Gyorko was the first rookie off the board in our draft. Gyorko likely won't go that early in most drafts, but his power potential at the thin second base position could make him a fantasy starter sooner rather than later. Myers was the next rookie off the board, in Round 17, followed by Arizona's Adam Eaton in Round 18, Detroit's Bruce Rondon and Cleveland's Trevor Bauer in Round 19, Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton in Round 21 and the Cubs' Kyuji Fujikawa with the final pick of the draft. Texas' Jurickson Profar and Baltimore's Dylan Bundy, the top hitting and pitching prospects in baseball, respectively, were not drafted. They'll be hot waiver wire pickups as soon as it sounds like they're heading to the majors.

• Offseason injuries could lead to some serious steals: Curtis Granderson, who likely would have been drafted as a top-10 outfielder before breaking his arm this spring, fell all the way to Round 11. His teammate Mark Teixeira went one round later. Teixeira's the riskier pick given his past injury woes and the recent revelations regarding the exact nature of his injury, but both of these guys could perform like fantasy all-stars once they return to the lineup. Corey Hart, who could miss as few as three weeks of the regular season and will hit atop a loaded Brewers lineup once he returns, fell all the way to Round 21.

• It's crowded at the top, but very lonely at the bottom: Eight MLB teams earned Fantasy Juggernaut status by seeing 12 players drafted: the Angels, Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Giants, Nationals, Reds and Red Sox. While the Marlins saw just three players drafted following their latest fire sale, they weren't the low men on the fantasy totem pole. That dishonor went to the Houston Astros, who saw just two players drafted: Jose Altuve in Round 5 and Jose Veras in Round 23.

Round-by-round breakdown

Round 1
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1Mike Trout, LAAOFMarston
2Miguel Cabrera, DET3BCannella
3Ryan Braun, MILOFLemire
4Albert Pujols, LAA1BForrester
5Robinson Cano, NYY2BChen
6Matt Kemp, LADOFReiter
7Buster Posey, SFC/1BKeith
8Joey Votto, CIN1BBeller
9Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOFJaffe
10Andrew McCutchen, PITOFRubin
11Carlos Gonzalez, COLOFMack
12Justin Verlander, DETSPCorcoran

Primary positional breakdown: 6 OF, 3 CI, 1 MI, 1 C, 1 SP

Round 2
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (13)Prince Fielder, DET1BCorcoran
2 (14)Josh Hamilton, LAAOFMack
3 (15)Troy Tulowitzki, COLSSRubin
4 (16)Stephen Strasburg, WASSPJaffe
5 (17)Clayton Kershaw, LADSPBeller
6 (18)David Price, TBSPKeith
7 (19)Justin Upton, ATLOFReiter
8 (20)Evan Longoria, TB3BChen
9 (21)Dustin Pedroia, BOS2BForrester
10 (22)Ian Kinsler, TEX2BLemire
11 (23)Craig Kimbrel, ATLRPCannella
12 (24)Matt Cain, SFSPMarston

Primary positional breakdown: 4 SP, 3 MI, 2 OF, 2 CI, 1 RP

Round 3
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (25)Carlos Santana, CLEC/1BMarston
2 (26)Jose Reyes, TORSSCannella
3 (27)Felix Hernandez, SEASPLemire
4 (28)Starlin Castro, CHISSForrester
5 (29)Bryce Harper, WASOFChen
6 (30)Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOFReiter
7 (31)David Wright, NYM3BKeith
8 (32)Jose Bautista, TOROFBeller
9 (33)Ian Desmond, WASSSJaffe
10 (34)Cole Hamels, PHISPRubin
11 (35)Jason Heyward, ATLOFMack
12 (36)Joe Mauer, MINC/1BCorcoran

Primary positional breakdown: 4 OF, 3 MI, 2 C, 2 SP, 1 CI

Round 4
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (37)Adrian Beltre, TEX3BCorcoran
2 (38)Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1BMack
3 (39)Jay Bruce, CINOFRubin
4 (40)Matt Wieters, BALCJaffe
5 (41)Adam Jones, BALOFBeller
6 (42)Ben Zobrist, TBOF/2B/SSKeith
7 (43)Hanley Ramirez, LADSS/3BReiter
8 (44)Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOFChen
9 (45)Yadier Molina, STLCForrester
10 (46)Edwin Encarnacion, TOR1BLemire
11 (47)Madison Bumgarner, SFSPCannella
12 (48)Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3BMarston

Primary positional breakdown: 4 OF, 4 CI, 2 C, 1 MI, 1 SP

Round 5
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (49)Mike Napoli, BOS1B/CMarston
2 (50)Jose Altuve, HOU2BCannella
3 (51)Allen Craig, STL1B/OFLemire
4 (52)Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1BForrester
5 (53)Matt Holliday, STLOFChen
6 (54)Yu Darvish, TEXSPReiter
7 (55)Cliff Lee, PHISPKeith
8 (56)Jason Kipnis, CLE2BBeller
9 (57)Chase Headley, SD3BJaffe
10 (58)Jered Weaver, LAASPRubin
11 (59)Billy Butler, KC1BMack
12 (60)Jimmy Rollins, PHISSCorcoran

Primary positional breakdown: 5 CI, 3 MI, 3 SP, 1 OF

Round 6
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (61)Martin Prado, ARI3B/OFCorcoran
2 (62)Victor Martinez, DETCMack
3 (63)Freddie Freeman, ATL1BRubin
4 (64)Anthony Rizzo, CHC1BJaffe
5 (65)Brett Lawrie, TOR3BBeller
6 (66)Michael Bourn, CLEOFKeith
7 (67)Zack Greinke, LADSPReiter
8 (68)Gio Gonzalez, WASSPChen
9 (69)Desmond Jennings, TBOFForrester
10 (70)Alex Gordon, KCOFLemire
11 (71)Elvis Andrus, TEXSSCannella
12 (72)Max Scherzer, DETSPMarston

Primary positional breakdown: 4 CI, 3 OF, 3 SP, 1 MI, 1 C

Round 7
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (73)Shane Victorino, BOSOFMarston
2 (74)Alex Rios, CHWOFCannella
3 (75)Aramis Ramirez, MIL3BLemire
4 (76)Adam Wainwright, STLSPForrester
5 (77)Matt Moore, TBSPChen
6 (78)CC Sabathia, NYYSPReiter
7 (79)R.A. Dickey, TORSPKeith
8 (80)Wilin Rosario, COLCBeller
9 (81)Chris Sale, CHWSPJaffe
10 (82)Pablo Sandoval, SF3BRubin
11 (83)B.J. Upton, ATLOFMack
12 (84)Jayson Werth, WASOFCorcoran

Primary positional breakdown: 5 SP, 4 OF, 2 CI, 1 C

Round 8
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (85)Shin-Soo Choo, CINOFCorcoran
2 (86)Johnny Cueto, CINSPMack
3 (87)Mark Trumbo, LAAOF/1BRubin
4 (88)Brandon Phillips, CIN2BJaffe
5 (89)Yovani Gallardo, MILSPBeller
6 (90)Eric Hosmer, KC1BKeith
7 (91)Salvador Perez, KCCReiter
8 (92)Aroldis Chapman, CINPChen
9 (93)Will Middlebrooks, BOS3BForrester
10 (94)Kris Medlen, ATLSPLemire
11 (95)Jonathan Lucroy, MILCCannella
12 (96)Hunter Pence, SFOFMarston

Primary positional breakdown: 3 OF, 3 SP, 2 MI, 2 C, 1 MI, 1 P

Round 9
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (97)Rickie Weeks, MIL2BMarston
2 (98)Ike Davis, NYM1BCannella
3 (99)Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESSLemire
4 (100)Roy Halladay, PHISPForrester
5 (101)Paul Konerko, CHW1BChen
6 (102)David Ortiz, BOSDHReiter
7 (103)Chase Utley, PHI2BKeith
8 (104)Ryan Howard, PHI1BBeller
9 (105)Aaron Hill, ARI2BJaffe
10 (106)Jesus Montero, SEACRubin
11 (107)Jonathan Papelbon, PHIRPMack
12 (108)Mat Latos, CINSPCorcoran

Primary positional breakdown: 4 MI, 3 CI, 2 SP, 1 C, 1 DH, 1 RP

Round 10
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (109)Jedd Gyorko, SD2B/3BCorcoran
2 (110)Rafael Soriano, WASRPMack
3 (111)Jordan Zimmermann, WASSPRubin
4 (112)Austin Jackson, DETOFJaffe
5 (113)Josh Rutledge, COLSSBeller
6 (114)James Shields, KCSPKeith
7 (115)Dustin Ackley, SEA2BReiter
8 (116)Miguel Montero, ARICChen
9 (117)Melky Cabrera, TOROFForrester
10 (118)Fernando Rodney, TBRPLemire
11 (119)Chris Davis, BAL1B/OFCannella
12 (120)Erick Aybar, LAASSMarston

Primary positional breakdown: 4 MI, 2 OF, 2 SP, 2 RP, 1 CI, 1 C

Round 11
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (121)Ben Revere, PHIOFMarston
2 (122)Josh Reddick, OAKOFCannella
3 (123)Mariano Rivera, NYYRPLemire
4 (124)Norichika Aoki, MILOFForrester
5 (125)Josh Johnson, TORSPChen
6 (126)Jason Motte, STLRPReiter
7 (127)Derek Jeter, NYYSSKeith
8 (128)Curtis Granderson, NYYOFBeller
9 (129)Carlos Beltran, STLOFJaffe
10 (130)Danny Espinosa, WAS2B/SSRubin
11 (131)David Freese, STL3BMack
12 (132)Josh Willingham, MINOFCorcoran

Primary positonal breakdown: 6 OF, 2 RP, 2 MI, 1 CI, 1 SP

Round 12
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (133)Sergio Romo, SFRPCorcoran
2 (134)Tim Lincecum, SFSPMack
3 (135)Carlos Gomez, MILOFRubin
4 (136)Ian Kennedy, ARISPJaffe
5 (137)Nelson Cruz, TEXOFBeller
6 (138)Joe Nathan, TEXRPKeith
7 (139)Tom Wilhelmsen, SEARPReiter
8 (140)Mark Teixeira, NYY1BChen
9 (141)John Axford, MILRPForrester
10 (142)A.J. Pierzynski, TEXCLemire
11 (143)Pedro Alvarez, PIT3BCannella
12 (144)Dan Haren, WASSPMarston

Primary positional breakdown: 4 RP, 3 SP, 2 OF, 2 CI, 1 C

Round 13
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (145)Todd Frazier, CIN3B/1BMarston
2 (146)Brandon Morrow, TORSPCannella
3 (147)Doug Fister, DETSPLemire
4 (148)Jake Peavy, CHWSPForrester
5 (149)Brett Gardner, NYYOFChen
6 (150)Mike Moustakas, KC3BReiter
7 (151)Angel Pagan, SFOFKeith
8 (152)Jeff Samardzija, CHCSPBeller
9 (153)Glen Perkins, MINRPJaffe
10 (154)C.J. Wilson, LAASPRubin
11 (155)Jim Johnson, BALRPMack
12 (156)Ryan Doumit, MINCCorcoran

Primary positional breakdown: 5 SP, 2 OF, 2 CI, 2 RP, 1 C

Round 14
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (157)Ichiro Suzuki, NYYOFCorcoran
2 (158)Carl Crawford, LADOFMack
3 (159)Greg Holland, KCRPRubin
4 (160)Adam LaRoche, WAS1BJaffe
5 (161)Joel Hanrahan, BOSRPBeller
6 (162)Nick Swisher, CLEOFKeith
7 (163)Adam Dunn, CHW1BReiter
8 (164)Brett Anderson, OAKSPChen
9 (165)Mike Minor, ATLSPForrester
10 (166)Alejandro De Aza, CHWOFLemire
11 (167)Mike Fiers, MILSPCannella
12 (168)Hiroki Kuroda, NYYSPMarston

Primary positional breakdown: 4 OF, 4 SP, 2 CI, 2 RP

Round 15
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (169)Nick Markakis, BALOFMarston
2 (170)Shaun Marcum, NYMSPCannella
3 (171)Neil Walker, PIT2BLemire
4 (172)Addison Reed, CHWRPForrester
5 (173)Torii Hunter, DETOFChen
6 (174)Kendrys Morales, SEA1BReiter
7 (175)Homer Bailey, CINSPKeith
8 (176)Jonathan Broxton, CINRPBeller
9 (177)Dexter Fowler, COLOFJaffe
10 (178)Dan Uggla, ATL2BRubin
11 (179)Justin Morneau, MIN1BMack
12 (180)J.J. Putz, ARIRPCorcoran

Primary positional breakdown: 3 OF, 3 RP, 2 CI, 2 MI, 2 SP

Round 16
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (181)Anibal Sanchez, DETSPCorcoran
2 (182)Brian McCann, ATLCMack
3 (183)Steve Cishek, MIARPRubin
4 (184)Ryan Vogelsong, SFSPJaffe
5 (185)Rafael Betancourt, COLRPBeller
6 (186)Lorenzo Cain, KCOFKeith
7 (187)Jon Lester, BOSSPReiter
8 (188)J.J. Hardy, BALSSChen
9 (189)Andre Ethier, LADOFForrester
10 (190)Michael Morse, SEAOFLemire
11 (191)Alex Avila, DETCCannella
12 (192)Grant Balfour, OAKRPMarston

Primary positional breakdown: 3 OF, 3 SP, 3 RP, 2 C, 1 MI

Round 17
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (193)Andrelton Simmons, ATLSSMarston
2 (194)Clay Buchholz, BOSSPCannella
3 (195)Lance Lynn, STLSPLemire
4 (196)Alexei Ramirez, CHWSSForrester
5 (197)Everth Cabrera, SDSSChen
6 (198)Jean Segura, MILSSReiter
7 (199)Andy Pettitte, NYYSPKeith
8 (200)Marco Scutaro, SF2B/SSBeller
9 (201)Wil Myers, TBOFJaffe
10 (202)Michael Cuddyer, COLOF/1BRubin
11 (203)Matt Harrison, TEXSPMack
12 (204)Jason Grili, PITRPCorcoran

Primary positional breakdown: 5 MI, 4 SP, 2 OF, 1 RP

Round 18
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (205)Brandon Belt, SF1BCorcoran
2 (206)Matt Harvey, NYMSPMack
3 (207)Alexi Ogando, TEXPRubin
4 (208)Jonathon Niese, NYMSPJaffe
5 (209)Adam Eaton, ARIOFBeller
6 (210)Brandon League, LADRPKeith
7 (211)David Murphy, TEXOFReiter
8 (212)Casey Janssen, TORRPChen
9 (213)Cameron Maybin, SDOFForrester
10 (214)J.P. Arencibia, TORCLemire
11 (215)Dayan Viciedo, CHWOFCannella
12 (216)Hisashi Iwakuma, SEASPMarston

Primary positional breakdown: 4 OF, 4 SP, 2 RP, 1 CI, 1 C

Round 19
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (217)Daniel Murphy, NYM2BMarston
2 (218)Paul Maholm, ATLSPCannella
3 (219)A.J. Burnett, PITSPLemire
4 (220)A.J. Griffin, OAKSPForrester
5 (221)Huston Street, SDRPChen
6 (222)Ryan Madson, LAARPReiter
7 (223)Kyle Seager, SEA3BKeith
8 (224)Marco Estrada, MILSPBeller
9 (225)Chris Perez, CLERPJaffe
10 (226)Wade Miley, ARISPRubin
11 (227)Jeremy Hellickson, TBSPMack
12 (228)Alcides Escobar, KCSSCorcoran

Primary positional breakdown: 6 SP, 3 RP, 2 MI, 1 CI

Round 20
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (229)Jarrod Parker, OAKSPCorcoran
2 (230)Howard Kendrick, LAA2BMack
3 (231)Bruce Rondon, DETRPRubin
4 (232)Russell Martin, PITCJaffe
5 (233)Trevor Bauer, CLESPBeller
6 (234)Chris Iannetta, LAACKeith
7 (235)Andrew Cashner, SDPReiter
8 (236)Manny Machado, BAL3BChen
9 (237)Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSCForrester
10 (238)Coco Crisp, OAKOFLemire
11 (239)Ryan Ludwick, CINOFCannella
12 (240)Matt Garza, CHCSPMarston

Primary positional breakdown: 4 SP, 3 C, 2 OF, 1 CI, 1 MI, 1 RP

Round 21
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (241)A.J. Ellis, LADCMarston
2 (242)Alex Cobb, TBSPCannella
3 (243)Jason Kubel, ARIOFLemire
4 (244)Tommy Hanson, LAASPForrester
5 (245)Shelby Miller, STLSPChen
6 (246)Josh Beckett, LADSPReiter
7 (247)Billy Hamilton, CINSSKeith
8 (248)Logan Morrison, MIAOF/1BBeller
9 (249)Carlos Quentin, SDOFJaffe
10 (250)Trevor Plouffe, MIN3BRubin
11 (251)Stephen Drew, BOSSSMack
12 (252)Jon Jay, STLOFCorcoran

Primary positional breakdown: 4 OF, 4 SP, 2 MI, 1 CI, 1 C

Round 22
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (253)Tim Hudson, ATLSPCorcoran
2 (254)Gordon Beckham, CHW2BMack
3 (255)Colby Rasmus, TOROFRubin
4 (256)Chad Billingsley, LADSPJaffe
5 (257)Vance Worley, MINSPBeller
6 (258)John Jaso, OAKCChen*
7 (259)Emilio Bonifacio, TOROFReiter
8 (260)Corey Hart, MILOFKeith*
9 (261)Kevin Youkilis, NYY3B/1BForrester
10 (262)Derek Holland, TEXSPLemire
11 (263)Wei-Yin Chen, BALSPCannella
12 (264)Kyle Lohse, FASPMarston

Primary positional breakdown: 6 SP, 3 OF, 1 CI, 1 MI, 1 C

*Trade

Round 23
PickPlayerPositionOwner
1 (265)Jaime Garcia, STLSPMarston
2 (266)Brandon Moss, OAK1B/OFCannella
3 (267)Santiago Casilla, SFRPLemire
4 (268)Carlos Marmol, CHCRPForrester
5 (269)Jose Veras, HOURPChen
6 (270)Travis d'Arnaud, NYMCReiter
7 (271)Ross Detwiler, WASSPKeith
8 (272)Carlos Ruiz, PHICBeller
9 (273)Trevor Cahill, ARISPJaffe
10 (274)Tyler Flowers, CHWCRubin
11 (275)Ernesto Frieri, LAARPMack
12 (276)Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCRPCorcoran

Primary positional breakdown: 5 RP, 3 C, 3 SP, 1 CI

Team-by-team breakdown

Team Marston
PositionPlayerRound
CatcherCarlos Santana3
CatcherA.J. Ellis21
First baseMike Napoli5
Second baseRickie Weeks9
ShortstopErick Aybar10
Third baseRyan Zimmerman4
Middle infielderAndrelton Simmons17
Corner infielderTodd Frazier13
OutfieldMike Trout1
OutfieldShane Victorino7
OutfieldHunter Pence8
OutfieldBen Revere11
OutfieldNick Markakis15
UtilityDaniel Murphy19
PitcherMatt Cain2
PitcherMax Scherzer6
PitcherDan Haren12
PitcherHiroki Kuroda14
PitcherGrant Balfour16
PitcherHisashi Iwakuma18
PitcherMatt Garza20
PitcherKyle Lohse22
PitcherJaime Garcia23

Marston: I grabbed Carlos Santana in the third round, thinking he'd fill my catcher slot. When he filled the first base slot in our CBSSports.com draft, I panicked and grabbed Napoli at the fifth round for a catcher. Napoli. In the fifth round. Definitely don't think he's worth a fifth round pick since he's getting old, but at the time, my thought was, "Get a catcher, quick!" In retrospect, it should have been the other way around -- I should have grabbed another first baseman after snapping up Zimmerman in the fourth round. Sure, Napoli, and even Todd Frazier, who I grabbed in the 14th round, can play first base, but I'd rather not have to depend on three sometimes-play first basemen. Other than that, I'm relatively pleased with my draft. I did not prioritize pitchers, so I'm happy I got Balfour in the 16th -- I feel like many people in our draft were left scrambling for relievers. My one regret? Not picking any Tampa Bay Rays.

Team Cannella
PositionPlayerRound
CatcherJonathan Lucroy8
CatcherAlex Avila16
First baseIke Davis9
Second baseJose Altuve5
ShortstopJose Reyes3
Third baseMiguel Cabrera1
Middle infielderElvis Andrus6
Corner infielderPedro Alvarez12
OutfieldAlex Rios7
OutfieldChris Davis10
OutfieldJosh Reddick11
OutfieldDayan Viciedo18
OutfieldRyan Ludwick20
UtilityBrandon Moss23
PitcherCraig Kimbrel2
PitcherMadison Bumgarner4
PitcherBrandon Morrow13
PitcherMike Fiers14
PitcherShaun Marcum15
PitcherClay Buchholz17
PitcherPaul Maholm19
PitcherAlex Cobb21
PitcherWei-Yen Chen22

Cannella: I had the second pick, and even I couldn't screw it up: With Mike Trout off the board I went straight for Miguel Cabrera. Defense and WAR be damned -- in the fantasy world, Triple Crown numbers (and the AL's second-best run total in 2012) still mean something. Things got a little tougher after that. While I landed a few solid sure-thing picks -- Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Craig Kimbrel and Madison Bumgarner (I think) should be money in the bank -- I'm relying on a lot of guys to either repeat career years or at least not regress all the way to their pre-2012 selves. Can Josh Reddick hit 30 bombs again? Can Brandon Morrow stay healthy? Can Alex Rios be productive in an odd-numbered year? (He hasn't done it since 2007.) Will the American League figure out Wei-Yin Chen in his second season? Can Alex Cobb take a leap in his second? I think I'll hit on a few of those gambles, but an outfield lacking in star power and a pitching staff deep in No. 3 starters could be my undoing. But if anyone wants to trade for a power hitter, I'm all ears.

Team Lemire
PositionPlayerRound
CatcherA.J. Pierzynski12
CatcherJ.P. Arencibia18
First baseEdwin Encarnacion4
Second baseIan Kinsler2
ShortstopAsdrubal Cabrera9
Third baseAramis Ramirez7
Middle infielderNeil Walker15
Corner infielderAllen Craig5
OutfieldRyan Braun1
OutfieldAlex Gordon6
OutfieldAlejandro De Aza14
OutfieldMichael Morse16
OutfieldCoco Crisp20
UtilityJason Kubel21
PitcherFelix Hernandez3
PitcherKris Medlen8
PitcherFernando Rodney10
PitcherMariano Rivera11
PitcherDoug Fister13
PitcherLance Lynn17
PitcherA.J. Burnett19
PitcherDerek Holland22
PitcherSantiago Casilla23

Lemire: I thought there was a clear top-three to start the draft, and I would have been happy with whichever of the three was left, so Ryan Braun is a great cornerstone. I might have reached with Ian Kinsler at the back of the second round, but there seem to be fewer elite hitters at that position than there used to be. I'm obviously banking heavily on Felix Hernandez's elbow holding up and Lance Lynn, A.J. Burnett and Kris Medlen not regressing too much, though even a full run worse ERA for Medlen is a still-stellar 2.57. My offense is more well-rounded and more consistent than my pitching staff, but I was pleased with the overall roster.

Team Forrester
PositionPlayerRound
CatcherYadier Molina4
CatcherJarrod Saltalamacchia20
First baseAlbert Pujols1
Second baseDustin Pedroia2
ShortstopStarlin Castro3
Third baseWill Middlebrooks8
Middle infielderAlexei Ramirez17
Corner infielderPaul Goldschmidt5
OutfieldDesmond Jennings6
OutfieldMelky Cabrera10
OutfieldAoki Norichika11
OutfieldAndre Ethier16
OutfieldCameron Maybin18
UtilityKevin Youkilis22
PitcherAdam Wainwright7
PitcherRoy Halladay9
PitcherJohn Axford12
PitcherJake Peavy13
PitcherMike Minor14
PitcherAddison Reed15
PitcherA.J. Griffin19
PitcherTommy Hanson21
PitcherCarlos Marmol23

Forrester: This team should have plenty of hitting (it better, since I didn't take a pitcher until Round 7). As "poor" as his season was last year, Albert Pujols is still a given for .300, 30 homers and 100 RBI at a minimum. Paul Goldschmidt and Will Middlebrooks should boost the power numbers, and the reward is worth the risk that Yadier Molina repeats his monster 2012 and Melky Cabrera proves he can mash while off PEDs. Speed and scoring is sprinkled throughout the lineup, from Starlin Castro at shortstop to a collection of outfielders who don't carry long track records, but should produce in sum what they lack as individuals. The same philosophy guided my pitching selections. There are too many variables with hurlers to bank them early. That means targeting talents slightly past their primes (Roy Halladay, Jake Peavy) and some health risks (Adam Wainwright, Tommy Hanson). If the bulk of the staff proves serviceable, the waiver wire may cover the rest, but it won't be pretty some weeks.

Team Chen
PositionPlayerRound
CatcherMiguel Montero10
CatcherJohn Jaso22
First basePaul Konerko9
Second baseRobinson Cano1
ShortstopJ.J. Hardy16
Third baseEvan Longoria2
Middle infielderEverth Cabrera17
Corner infielderManny Machado20
OutfieldBryce Harper3
OutfieldJacoby Ellsbury4
OutfieldMatt Holliday5
OutfieldBrett Gardner13
OutfieldTorii Hunter15
UtilityMark Teixeira12
PitcherGio Gonzalez6
PitcherMatt Moore7
PitcherAroldis Chapman8
PitcherJosh Johnson11
PitcherBrett Anderson14
PitcherCasey Janssen18
PitcherHuston Street19
PitcherShelby Miller21
PitcherJose Veras23

Chen: What I like: I passed on the elite starters because I think Gio, Moore, Johnson and Brett Anderson all have the ability to reach that level this year -- I love my starting pitching depth. Aroldis Chapman in Round 8 is my favorite pick: He could be David Price in the rotation, or, worst case, the Reds move him back to the bullpen and he's back to being an elite closer with 40 saves and a ton of Ks. Shelby Miller is my big sleeper: I think he's in for a big season, even if he doesn't start the year in the rotation. My plan was to build around a stud infield, and I got halfway there with Cano and Longoria. I just couldn't pass up 2013 NL MVP Bryce Harper and also Ellsbury and Holliday where I got them. I like my outfield a lot. I'm not doing back flips that Paul Konerko is my first baseman, but what's so bad about a .290 average, 25-30 home runs and close to 100 RBI? I have Teixeira stashed away, so I'm pleased with how first base turned out -- that position is shockingly shallow this year. What don't I like? Well, I waited on closers, and Janssen, Street and Veras could do some big-time damage to my ERA and WHIP. Reiter took Hanley the pick before me, so instead I was left with JJ Hardy and Everth Cabrera -- I will be dealing some starting pitching for a shortstop. I also am not happy with my catching situation: I actually think Montero is underrated, but his K rate scares me and I'm not sure there's much upside there. And John Jaso as my second catcher isn't going to cut it. Josh Johnson for Wilin Rosario, Beller?

Team Reiter
PositionPlayerRound
CatcherSalvador Perez8
CatcherTravis d'Arnaud23
First baseAdam Dunn15
Second baseDustin Ackley10
ShortstopHanley Ramirez4
Third baseMike Moustakas13
Middle infielderJean Segura17
Corner infielderKendrys Morales15
OutfieldMatt Kemp1
OutfieldJustin Upton2
OutfieldYoenis Cespedes3
OutfieldDavid Murphy18
OutfieldEmilio Bonifacio22
UtilityDavid Ortiz9
PitcherYu Darvish5
PitcherZack Greinke6
PitcherCC Sabathia7
PitcherJason Motte11
PitcherTom Wilhelmsen12
PitcherJon Lester16
PitcherRyan Madson19
PitcherAndrew Cashner20
PitcherJosh Beckett21

Reiter: I know. Dustin Ackley in the 10th round. Maybe I like players who share last names with minor characters in Catcher in the Rye. Maybe I panicked after watching nine players fly off the board at a weak position. Maybe I wouldn't do it again. Can I live? No regrets, other than that. I have Matt Kemp ranked fourth overall, after Trout-Cabrera-Braun (in that order), so I was pleased to grab him at six. Then I tried to mix in high-upside personal favorites (Yoenis Cespedes in the third, Sal Perez in the eighth, Jean Segura in the 17th, Andrew Cashner in the 20th) with established stars who I felt represented value picks (a shortstop-eligible Hanley Ramirez in the fourth, CC Sabathia in the seventh, Jon Lester in the 16th). The result, I think, is a generally well-rounded club that is particularly deep in starting pitching. Lester and Sabathia, after all, have in recent years been fantasy aces, but I'm only counting on them to be my No. 3 and No. 4, after Yu Darvish and Zack Greinke. I see no reason why this team won't compete. Provided that Ackley hits, oh, .250.

Team Keith
PositionPlayerRound
CatcherBuster Posey1
CatcherChris Iannetta20
First baseEric Hosmer8
Second baseChase Utley9
ShortstopDerek Jeter11
Third baseDavid Wright3
Middle infielderBilly Hamilton21
Corner infielderKyle Seager19
OutfieldBen Zobrist4
OutfieldMichael Bourn6
OutfieldAngel Pagan13
OutfieldNick Swisher14
OutfieldLorenzo Cain16
UtilityCorey Hart22
PitcherDavid Price2
PitcherCliff Lee5
PitcherR.A. Dickey7
PitcherJames Shields10
PitcherJoe Nathan12
PitcherHomer Bailey15
PitcherAndy Pettitte17
PitcherBrandon League18
PitcherRoss Detwiler23

Keith: Nobody wants the seventh pick. Too far from getting the safe choices up top, too far from getting the snake pick at the bottom. That said, it was hard to pass up the chance at drafting Buster Posey, the reigning National League MVP and undisputed best catcher in baseball. I was more pleased with my second-round pick, AL Cy Young winner David Price, and just to make sure my team had more bling than anyone else's, I later added R.A. Dickey, last year's NL Cy Young winner, as well. My best choice may have been adding the criminally undervalued Ben Zobrist in Round 4, but for the most part, my selections alternated between finding veterans who I think can still provide lots of value (David Wright, Derek Jeter, Chase Utley, Joe Nathan) and young players with breakout potential (Eric Hosmer, Homer Bailey, Lorenzo Cain, Ross Detwiler). Not bad for the seventh slot after all.

Team Beller
PositionPlayerRound
CatcherWilin Rosario7
CatcherCarlos Ruiz23
First baseJoey Votto1
Second baseJason Kipnis5
ShortstopJosh Rutledge10
Third baseBrett Lawrie6
Middle infielderMarco Scutaro17
Corner infielderRyan Howard9
OutfieldJose Bautista3
OutfieldAdam Jones4
OutfieldCurtis Granderson11
OutfieldNelson Cruz12
OutfieldAdam Eaton18
UtilityLogan Morrison21
PitcherClayton Kershaw2
PitcherYovani Gallardo8
PitcherJeff Samardzija13
PitcherJoel Hanrahan14
PitcherJonathan Broxton15
PitcherRafael Betancourt16
PitcherMarco Estrada19
PitcherTrevor Bauer20
PitcherVance Worley22

Beller: I'm very happy with my team's power. With Votto, Bautista, Adam Jones, Granderson, Rosario, Kipnis, Howard and Lawrie, I should be one of the strongest teams in the offensive counting categories. Considering those are the categories that drive hitting success, I feel great about that. I also like my rotation. Kershaw gives me an ace, and Samardizija and Gallardo provide consistency and strikeouts in the middle of the rotation. If two out of Estrada, Bauer and Worley hit, I'm looking good.The one place I could see this team struggling is in batting average. Votto and Jones are my only BA stalwarts. I'm also not in love with my shortstop options (Josh Rutledge and Marco Scutaro). I could for sure see dealing some power to pick up a better shortstop at some point during the season.

Team Jaffe
PositionPlayerRound
CatcherMatt Wieters4
CatcherRussell Martin20
First baseAnthony Rizzo6
Second baseBrandon Phillips8
ShortstopIan Desmond3
Third baseChase Headley5
Middle infielderAaron Hill9
Corner infielderAdam LaRoche14
OutfieldGiancarlo Stanton1
OutfieldAustin Jackson10
OutfieldCarlos Beltran11
OutfieldDexter Fowler15
OutfieldWil Myers17
UtilityCarlos Quentin21
PitcherStephen Strasburg2
PitcherChris Sale7
PitcherIan Kennedy12
PitcherGlen Perkins13
PitcherRyan Vogelsong16
PitcherJonathon Niese18
PitcherChris Perez19
PitcherChad Billingsley22
PitcherTrevor Cahill23

Jaffe: It's been three years since I last drafted a fantasy team, and I certainly felt rusty even if it didn't show. Since I've always preferred 5x5 to 4x4, my ingrained preferences for strikeout-oriented pitchers and high-OBP hitters who wind up scoring runs should have been reflected in my choices, and I think for the most part it was. Headed by Stephen Strasburg and Chris Sale, all of my starting pitchers whiffed at least 7.0 per nine last year; it's their durability, and that of Chad Billingsley, that's in question. My closers, Glen Perkins and Chris Perez, speak to the fact that I treated saves as an afterthought but looked for guys who would at least miss bats while piling up saves for mediocre-to-bad teams. The offense has plenty of power, starting with Giancarlo Stanton, though the ability of guys like Chase Headley, Adam LaRoche and Aaron HIll to repeat those 30-plus homer seasons is in question. While I drafted no burners, my roster has an abundance of hitters to provide steals in addition to everything else: Headley, Hill, Ian Desmond, Brandon Phillips, Carlos Beltran, Dexter Fowler and Austin Jackson all stole between 12-21 bases last year. I tried to avoid OBP sinks; I believe Russell Martin is my only player who was below .320 last year, and he's got good enough power and speed for the position to offset that. If I actually had to play the season out, I think it this team -- El Maximo Jaffe -- would be a fun one to run.

Team Rubin
PositionPlayerRound
CatcherJesus Montero, SEA9
CatcherTyler Flowers, CHW23
First baseFreddie Freeman, ATL6
Second baseDanny Espinosa, WAS11
ShortstopTroy Tulowitzki, COL2
Third basePablo Sandoval, SF7
Middle infielderDan Uggla, ATL15
Corner infielderTrevor Plouffe, MIN21
OutfieldAndrew McCutchen, PIT1
OutfieldJay Bruce, CIN4
OutfieldMark Trumbo, LAA8
OutfieldCarlos Gomez, MIL12
OutfieldMichael Cuddyer, COL17
UtilityColby Rasmus, TOR22
PitcherCole Hamels, PHI3
PitcherJered Weaver, LAA5
PitcherJordan Zimmermann, WAS10
PitcherC.J. Wilson, LAA13
PitcherGreg Holland, KC14
PitcherSteve Cishek, MIA16
PitcherAlexi Ogando, TEX18
PitcherWade Miley, ARI19
PitcherBruce Rondon, DET20

Rubin: We drafted a week ago, and I still can't believe I got Andrew McCutchen at No. 10; we've got him at No. 5 in our SI.com Top 300. Troy Tulowitzki is always an injury risk, but if he stays healthy, I'll have stolen a guy who in recent years routinely went in the top five overall. Streaky or not, I think Jay Bruce can give me 40 homers, and I'm incredibly excited about Freddie Freeman and Mark Trumbo, two guys poised to far outplay their draft position. Dan Uggla will be a terrifying drain on my team batting average, but he'll further cement my lineup's status as one of the most homer-happy in the league. I've got pop at every position, but still have decent speed with Carlos Gomez, McCutchen and Danny Espinosa. Despite waiting on closers, I landed three guys who should post solid saves totals and will surely deliver robust strikeout numbers. The Wade Miley pick was a bad one given his current injury concerns, and especially bad considering Jeremy Hellickson was still on the board, but the rest of my starters play for winning clubs, which should mean ample victories in addition to lots of Ks and low ERAs. Playoffs, here I come.

Team Mack
PositionPlayerRound
CatcherVictor Martinez6
CatcherBrian McCann16
First baseAdrian Gonzalez4
Second baseHowie Kendrick20
ShortstopStephen Drew21
Third baseDavid Freese11
Middle infielderGordon Beckham22
Corner infielderBilly Butler5
OutfieldCarlos Gonzalez1
OutfieldJosh Hamilton2
OutfieldJason Heyward3
OutfieldB.J. Upton7
OutfieldCarl Crawford14
UtilityJustin Morneau15
PitcherJohnny Cueto8
PitcherJonathan Papelbon9
PitcherRafael Soriano10
PitcherTim Lincecum12
PitcherJim Johnson13
PitcherMatt Harrison17
PitcherMatt Harvey18
PitcherJeremy Hellickson19
PitcherErnesto Frieri23

Mack: This wasn't my best execution of a draft, but it was just the fourth one of the season. It is a case-study in why you want to do a number of mock drafts before your big event of the spring, be it a big-money league or merely the only fantasy league you are in. You get better and more efficient with your picks every draft you do. I loved getting Jeremy Hellickson in Round 19. That was a pure steal, some 12 rounds after Matt Moore. I loaded up on the counting numbers (HR, RBI, R, SB) early in the outfield, corner infield and at catcher, scored three 40-save caliber closers and still wound up with a potentially great starting rotation. It meant punting middle infield, which I have done in all four of my drafts thus far, but at least Howard Kendrick, Stephen Drew and Gordon Beckham have some upside. I just can't get away from drafting those erstwhile prospects, apparently. This is a well-rounded, multi-category team with enough talent to compete for a title.

Team Corcoran
PositionPlayerRound
CatcherJoe Mauer3
CatcherRyan Doumit13
First basePrince Fielder2
Second baseJedd Gyorko10
ShortstopJimmy Rollins5
Third baseAdrian Beltre4
Middle infielderAlcides Escobar19
Corner infielderBrandon Belt18
OutfieldMartin Prado6
OutfieldJayson Werth7
OutfieldShin-Soo Choo8
OutfieldJosh Willingham11
OutfieldIchiro Suzuki14
UtilityJon Jay21
PitcherJustin Verlander1
PitcherMat Latos9
PitcherSergio Romo12
PitcherJ.J. Putz15
PitcherAnibal Sanchez16
PitcherJason Grilli17
PitcherJarrod Parker20
PitcherTim Hudson22
PitcherKyuji Fujikawa23

Corcoran: We drafted this league on Monday, March 11, and I drafted my regular league on Friday, March 15. This league is 5x5 roto with high position-eligibility requirements. My regular league is a points league with low position eligibility-requirements. Using my draft lists for the latter led me slightly astray at times in this draft, particularly when I took Martin Prado in the sixth round thinking he qualified at second base (he doesn't in this league). However, as the draft went on, I realized just how shallow the pool of outfielders was and the Prado pick didn't look quite as bad, and while pitching is far more important in my points league than in this league, I remain satisfied with my pick of Verlander in the first round, as well. Overall I'm content with the team I wound up with. I typically favor power hitters who fill HR, RBI, and often R categories over high-average speedsters who help with AVG and fill SB and R (another product of my points league, which awards points for walks and doubles and takes away points for times caught stealing), but this team leans more toward the latter because of the different format and the fact that those players seemed to be in greater supply in the middle and late rounds. I managed to avoid starting pitchers on bad teams who would struggle to compile wins in accordance with the quality of their pitching, and picked up three closers with Fujikawa, Mr. Irrelevant in this draft, a pitcher I expect to take over that role at some point during the season. It's not a great team, but it's one with which I'd feel comfortable entering the season.

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