Drew Silva

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Drafting With The Stars

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Round 22

22.295 Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE
22.296 Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
22.297 Jake McGee, RP, TB
22.298 A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK
22.299 Will Venable, OF, SD
22.300 Kelvin Herrera, RP, KC
22.301 Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
22.302 Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
22.303 Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
22.304 Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
22.305 Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
22.306 Jon Jay, OF, STL
22.307 Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
22.308 Joaquin Benoit, RP, DET

MY PICK: I was happy to add Garcia as the final piece to my fantasy rotation. His left shoulder has not been a problem this spring in Cardinals camp and he has always been a steady fantasy option when healthy.

OBSERVATIONS: Bauer registered a 2.42 ERA and 157/61 K/BB ratio over 130 1/3 innings last season between the Double-A and Triple-A levels. I like him even better now that he’s not going to be making half his starts at Arizona's Chase Field. … Hamilton seems doubtful to join the Reds before the All-Star break, but he’s worth grabbing on draft day in case there’s an early-season injury in the Cincinnati outfield. Hamilton stole a record 155 bases in 132 minor league games last year. He's going to be a huge fantasy star eventually.

Round 23

23.309 Dee Gordon, SS, LAD
23.310 James McDonald, SP, PIT
23.311 Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
23.312 J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR
23.313 Junichi Tazawa, RP, BOS
23.314 Tyler Clippard, RP, WAS
23.315 Mike Olt, 1B, TEX
23.316 Johan Santana, SP, NYM
23.317 Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
23.318 Phil Coke, RP, DET
23.319 Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL
23.320 Sean Marshall, RP, CIN
23.321 Drew Storen, RP, WAS
23.322 Chris Nelson, 2B, COL

MY PICK: Arencibia seemed like a decent candidate for my second UTIL spot. He has eligibility at catcher -- which could come in handy if Santana gets hurt -- and wields a good power bat in a much-improved Blue Jays lineup.

OBSERVATIONS: Gordon was hyped as a fantasy sleeper last season, but he doesn’t hit enough and the Dodgers now have Hanley at shortstop. I don’t think Gordon is worth even a late-round flier in 2013. … Marshall was a nice grab here in the 23rd round. If Chapman stays in the Reds' starting rotation and Broxton falls apart in the ninth-inning role (which is something we’ve seen before), saves on a really good Cincinnati team will go to Marshall.

Round 24

24.323 Lucas Duda, OF, NYM
24.324 Edinson Volquez, SP, SD
24.325 Matt Harrison, SP, TEX
24.326 Luke Scott, 1B, TB
24.327 Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA
24.328 Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS, OAK
24.329 Scott Baker, SP, CHC
24.330 Luke Gregerson, RP, SD
24.331 Logan Morrison, 1B, MIA
24.332 Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL
24.333 Matt Joyce, OF, TB
24.334 Shaun Marcum, SP, NYM
24.335 Nate McLouth, OF, BAL
24.336 Tim Hudson, SP, ATL

MY PICK: I’ve already dropped Joyce to clear a roster spot in case I need an early-season replacement at third base for Wright. Not sure who that might be yet. Joyce is a fine reserve (or even fourth) outfielder in a standard mixed fantasy league. I expect someone to pluck him off waivers quickly.

OBSERVATIONS: Nakajima hasn’t done much this spring in A’s camp. But he batted .311/.382/.451 with 13 home runs and 74 RBI in 136 games last year in Japan, so I can understand taking a chance on him. … Roberts, on the other hand, has looked really sharp this spring in Orioles camp. He has appeared in only 115 games over the past three seasons due to injuries, but the veteran second baseman was a fantasy star before that.

Round 25

25.337 Rajai Davis, OF, TOR
25.338 Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK
25.339 Joel Peralta, RP, TB
25.340 Brian Wilson, RP, SF
25.341 Jordan Pacheco, 3B, COL
25.342 Tim Collins, RP, KC
25.343 Omar Infante, 2B, DET
25.344 Santiago Casilla, RP, SF
25.345 Brian McCann, C, ATL
25.346 Hyun-Jin Ryu, RP, LAD
25.347 Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
25.348 Mark Rogers, SP, MIL
25.349 Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD
25.350 Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT

MY PICK: Wilson is still a free agent and has instructed his agents to hold off on any contract negotiations until he feels like he can pitch in a game. That day should be coming soon, and my hope is that he’ll sign with a team with a ninth-inning opening like the Tigers. Then I’d have my third closer.

OBSERVATIONS: Setup men and risky rotation picks -- that’s the usual for any final round. … McCann fell this far primarily because he’s going to open the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, but this serves as a nice final reminder that catcher is extremely deep this year. You can wait until the final round, as evidenced here, and still land someone good. With the benefit of hindsight, I might not have jumped on Santana in the sixth.

Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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