Friday, April 26, 2013

Looking for a Fight: UFC 159 - Jones v. Sonnen

Jon Jones' greatest weakness has been exposed. His fight promotion. (USAT)

Sports coverage always does seem to amaze me. In a realm where there are more and more avenues for message boards, talking heads, and articles to be written to see many people that cover the UFC simply write-off Saturday night's Jon Jones v. Chael P. Sonnen fight as an afterthought is lazy and not a service to people that read their content. After all, sports in general, and especially combat sports, are built around the humongous upset. The fact that at anytime on any field, in any arena something crazy could happen. That may not mean enough to you to plop down $54.99 for a pay-per-view, but tossing $10 to the door man to have the fight on while you enjoy a microbrew at your local bar sounds fine and dandy to me.

Sure, this fight was put together from the ashes of UFC 151, and while a more credible challenger like Dan Henderson was left to marinate a little - only to lose to Lyoto Machida - leaves a bitter taste in everyone's mouth, it's easy to forget that we've been down this road before. When Sonnen took on Anderson Silva there were just as many doubters about the validity of that fight as this one. Well, Chael P. Sonnen put on an Oregon style butt whooping on Silva, until the Spider was able to wrap his legs around Sonnen and tap him out with seconds left. This was easily the best fight of 2010.

There are other factors that make the Jones' match-up different and probably a higher mountain top to ascend, but if anyone is capable of doing it and at the very least give Jones the toughest fight of his career, it's Sonnen.

The media coverage has fueled the blase fan reaction to this card. While normally the UFC can put Silva, Jones, Georges St-Pierre, or Cain Velasquez to headline a card and fill it with average fights - this time, with a fight that truly is being treated like a foregone conclusion, the card needed to be stronger. It isn't.

Where we are left is for Jones and Sonnen to hype the fight themselves. Oh, that's right, they had 15 hours of TV time on FX to do that during The Ultimate Fighter. What came from that was Jones being Jones and Chael being a great coach and mentor. However, and ironically for the betterment of the show than faking some hostilities, Jones and Sonnen seemed to get along. Jones respected Sonnen's doggedness and personality and jokes (!!); while Sonnen clearly has a lot of respect for Jones. There isn't the hostility and trash talking he's exhibited in the Silva bouts, and with Jones finally laying off the perfect guy act - is just being his normal, confident, fun loving self. This isn't to say both fighters won't put on their mean hats Saturday night, but their promotion of the fight wasn't exactly Nick Diaz-esque (again, that's probably for the betterment of everyone).

So with the trash talking/promoter belt being strapped around Diaz's waist, the UFC and the two fighters had to do something. There were rhymes by Sonnen alluding to Jones' DWI conviction. Jones saying Sonnen is a roider and not a true fighter. None of it resonated. It's clear that in all the press leading up to the fight, these two had their minds in other places.

Jones wants to win a couple more 205 title defenses to beat Tito Ortiz's record, then move on to a super fight and/or bump up to the heavyweight division (which is only logical as by the time he has his two more defenses he would have cleaned out the division and be about a year older, which will allow him to put on more weight). Sonnen isn't a legit threat to Bones, rather just another victim.

For Sonnen - he's reaping the rewards of being a self-made man. Kevin Iole mentions in his article today how Sonnen created this personality to drive his career. It's sure worked. Now moving up to 205 and taking on one of the best fighters on the planet, everything seems lined up for move to greener pastures. Should (notice I said should) Sonnen lose, then his shtick would have certainly worn thing ... still entertaining, but thin. He has a fantastic broadcast career in front of him with the UFC for sure, and UFC President Dana White hinted within the FOX family as well. Sonnen isn't a threat to Bones, rather just one more big pay day.

BREAKDOWN

While writers covering the fight could probably outline 75% of their day after articles today if they wanted, there is still the pesky matter of the fight. I'm of the persuasion where if one of the best fighters on the planet is fighting, I'm watching. I said this when Anderson Silva fought Stephan Bonnar and I say that today. I mean how much fun was that Anderson fight? Did he make it worth your money? Were you not entertained?

Sonnen is certainly more of a threat than Bonnar was to Silva, but shouldn't you expect Jones to put on a show? To leave people saying, wow this guy is talented? A couple elbows to the chiseled chin of Chael won't do that. Jones is coming, and Jones is bringing some Nike swag with him.

The most disappointing outcome of this fight would be for Jones to wrestle and hold Sonnen down. The size disadvantage is too great to have this be an exciting or interesting strategy (see, I got your back, GSP). We need some flying kicks and knees. We need something to put on that Nike commercial.

Bones has never been reckless in any fight, but he hasn't been conservative either. Sonnen won't stop moving forward, and he'll create an interesting canvas for Jones to work with.

Overall, I do think Chael will aim to impress, but without the full use of his elite wrestling it'll be tough. I just think Chael's determination will give Jones a bit more trouble than we are all expecting. However, I'm not here to act like a genius. To predict Sonnen wins so I can say I told you so. It'll be a Jones win, but I'll be tuning in to see how he does it. That ... will be exciting.

Jones 3rd Rd Submission.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Looking for a Fight: UFC on FOX: Henderson v. Melendez

What path will Daniel Cormier take? (facebook.com)

Hear that? That's the sound of another bad pun related to the Uriah Hall hype train. It was a week ago today many were wondering how Ultimate Fighter finalist would fair against Anderson Silva after he dispatched co-finalist Kevin Gastelum with some kind of highlight reel kick.

Well, that didn't happen.

Hall lost, and if he can't rebound from that, we can file him away with Todd Duffee, Brandon Schaub, Ryan Bader, Phillipe Nover, and Houston Alexander as failed next big things. Note that all but two of those fighters came from TUF. That UFC is pretty good at hyping their fighters.

The next, next big thing is chugging towards San Jose Saturday night as Daniel Cormier is set to make his UFC debut against former champ and tattoo makeover star Frank Mir.

Cormier is coming in with some different creds than his predecessors. Cormier is an Olympic wrestler, who since his jump to MMA hasn't tasted defeat. The 34 year-old is 11-0, and the winner of the inaugural Strikeforce Heavyweight Grad Prix where he defeated Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva (who is fighting Cain Velasquez for the belt next month) and Josh Barnett who is one of the best heavyweights of the past decade.

The rise of Cormier in this sport has surprised even himself, but what truly separates Cormier from not only Hall, but a lot of fighters is his supreme confidence. All along the way Cormier has thoughtfully responded to questions like would he fight his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Velasquez for the title? (No, he wouldn't). Would he like to fight Jon Jones? (Yes, he would at heavyweight or at light heavyweight). The responses aren't one of arrogance, but of confidence.

Competing at the highest levels of athletics his entire life allows him to know within himself that he is ready and can succeed at anything MMA can throw at him. Thus far, he's proved himself right.

At 5'11, Cormier is a stocky heavyweight, heck, at that height he'd be a stocky welterweight. But his agility and endurance make him a handful to deal with. His build is not lean, but that of a brick shithouse. Bumping shoulders with him would probably be tantamount to brushing past the HP Pavilion itself.

His striking will never be able to match with the elite heavys or 205'ers, but once he is able to get a fighter to the ground, his strength and ability to keep you there is like struggling against quicksand ... you'll only get pulled down deeper.

Of course, there's always something intimidating about going against someone that has no fear. Cormier is certainly one of those guys. It is his confidence, though, that could get in his way.

The seemingly predetermined nature where Cormier will defeat Mir on Saturday sets him up for either a fight for the heavyweight belt, should Velasquez lose, or a drop down to 205 to fight Jones. Leaving the heavyweight division doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. Sure, he doesn't want to fight Velasquez, but in a weak division his star power could be a much needed addition for the UFC - especially since to get there, he would have to put Mir out to pasture as a legitimate contender.

A move to 205 is risky in that Cormier has had weight cutting issues in the past - one instance led to kidney failure and an inability to participate in his second Olympics - and on top of that, fighting Jones is no easy feat. On top of that, Jones' time at 205 appears to be coming to an end before his eventual move to heavyweight. You have to appreciate the doggedness that Cormier is showing, but he might be taking on more than he can - causing a lot more harm than good.

First thing is first though, and as Uriah Hall can let him know - you have to handle your business on fight night before you can take another step forward.

BREAKDOWN

It's certainly possible that Cormier's fight on Saturday won't be his toughest to date. Mir hasn't looked competitive since he broke Big Nog's arm, and since then, well it appears Big Nog shouldn't be fighting anymore. He got a gimme bout against Junior dos Santos and was comically knocked out, and the years are mounting on Mir.

He moved his camp away from Las Vegas to Greg Jackson's camp in Albuquerque, NM to gain better focus and train with some more elite fighters. Jackson has a way of making fighters better, but even his mantras and juju might not be enough for Mir against Cormier.

As noted before, Cormier is an extremely confident fighter. So I'd expect him to want to come out and throw some strikes with Mir. Test the waters and take some joy in his UFC debut. But when the time comes, I expect much of this fight to take place on the ground.

One of the more interesting style match ups I always like to watch is jiu-jitsu vs. wrestling. It's interesting because both styles are set on the ground, and there are some many intricacies to body control and manipulating the right move at the right moment in order to be successful.

Surprising to me is that most of the time, wrestling wins. That's what I expect out of this fight. If Mir can't hang with Cormier on the ground, then this is going to be a quick fight. Mir's opportunity is to capitalize on the ground or surprise Cormier with an overhand right. Which, for Mir, has become his only viable strike in his arsenal.

As I said, I don't view Cormier as arrogant, just confident. He is well prepared and ready to continue his evolution as a complete fighter and move onto his goal of being a UFC champion. While I probably give Mir a better shot than most, I still see Cormier as being too much for the former champ.

Cormier by 2nd Round TKO.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fantasy Funkhouser: The LEAP Game

When Jose Fernandez takes the bump tonight; every fantasy owner should be paying attention. (Getty)
Fantasy Funkhouser will review all things Fantasy Baseball. After all, life is a small sample size.

There's a popular term out there in both real and fantasy sports known as the leap year. The year in which a promising prospect or player with a couple years in the league takes the leap to another level. Attains a higher clout in his sport, and makes more disbelievers into believers. Getting such a player during such a year in fantasy is the ultimate joy. Especially in keeper leagues where you've been through some of the ups and downs that come with attempting to master a sport at a young age. I'm looking at you Justin Upton.

Well, on the micro level - with small sample sizes all over the place - there is also a leap game. A game that serves as the breaking point for a lot of fantasy owners who are monitoring specific players. You're seeing them perform early on, don't believe it - then they put a game together where you go, "Ok, I'm in on this guy."

The two more recent successful ventures I can remember (because who remembers the failures?) was Adam Dunn last year and Jose Bautista in his legendary 2010 year. Last year, Dunn - who was coming off a horrific year - hit two homers in Seattle on April 20th and I thought he was a good rebound candidate, so seeing the power was back was what I needed to add him. 41 homers and 96 RBI later, he was one of the best pick ups of the year.

Of course in 2010, no one expected anything out of Jose Bautista, and that can be evidenced by the fact that I was the first person in my league to add him ... on May 23rd. By that point he had already dinged 13 homers en route to his career and leading homerun total of 54. I also learned another important lesson that year, if a guy is tearing it up - just add him. Risk is minimal and the rewards are potentially high.

Some guys this year I've been an earlier buyer on in free agency: Coco Crisp, Evan Gattis, Starling Marte, and I'm almost there with Jose Quintana. But the cream of the crop thus far has been Jose Fernandez.

So have I struck gold, or have his first two starts just been against inept offenses? I'm tending to lean more towards the former than the latter, but that's where tonight's game comes into play. Fernandez will be on the road in Cincinnati taking on the Reds. As it stands right now, I'm sure there are a lot of skeptics on this 20 year old that was suddenly brought up and pitching for the worst team in baseball, but if he can go out and dominate the Reds - well, then you have the leap game.

Doubters will become believers and Fernandez's fantasy value will go through the roof. In the main league I own him in, I'm avidly attempting to trade him. Not because I don't believe in him, but because I have some nice pitching already, and I need to focus on winning this year, not the next couple of years. Fernandez is a valuable asset in the interim, but an innings cap and potential rough patches down the road make him more trade bait for me.

Depending on what side of the line you fall on, fantasy owners should be actively pursuing Fernandez now - not after tonight. If you're worried now what you'll have to give up for him ... well, come 10:30 pm ET tonight, if he has his leap game, that price just went up.

As a seller on Fernandez, for the reasons mentioned above, I have some offers out for him, but probably an hour before game time, I'm pulling them all. Unless he's scratched with the flu, any other outcome will either negate the trade I currently have out there or boost his value higher. I'm not leaving that decision in another owner's hands because he wants to wait and see how this evening turns out.

Personally, in a Matt Harvey world, I'm surprised someone isn't willing to jump in on Fernandez just because. I'm not the kind of owner that will hold Fernandez hostage for an elite pitcher (for example, I offered him straight up for Dan Haren a week ago ... thankfully, that was not accepted).

On the macro level - this start won't be the end of the world for Fernandez. If he gets knocked around, it doesn't mean he's no longer an elite talent. He could go strike out 15 in his next outing, but if he is able to succeed, this will drastically alter his value. He'll be in all the fantasy write-ups tomorrow and people will begin to believe.


The Funkman is down the rabbit hole: He's beginning to believe!


Friday, April 12, 2013

Fantasy Funkhouser: So You Think You Can Throw Your Non-Pitching Shoulder into a 6'2 240 LB. Man & Other Zack Greinke Mistakes

Running, rather than fighting, would have saved Zack Greinke's fantasy owners a lot of grief. (USAT)
Fantasy Funkhouser will review all things Fantasy Baseball. After all, life is a small sample size.

Let's go back a couple of weeks ago. Zack Greinke had some twinges in his pitching elbow. He was sent for an evaluation and had some concerns heading into the season. The few, the proud, the fantasy owners that said to hell with that and went ahead and drafted Greinke at a somewhat discounted price only to see Greinke shake off any signs of injury and perform like his usual self in his first 11.1 innings of 2013.

All of that good juju dissipated into the San Diego night sky as an up and in heater to the shoulder of perennial baseball beanee Carlos Quentin caused the outfielder to charge the mound in rage.

Quentin who is listed at the size of Ray Lewis chugged his way to Greinke, who decided the best course of action was to throw his non-pitching shoulder into the on-coming slugger. Now, to compare, Greinke is a couple pounds lighter than Roger Federer - so I'm no physicist, but I'd say Greinke is likely to come out on the short end of this transaction.

(balleralert.com)
(sensasports.blogspot.com)


Sure as shit, after the multiple fights settled down, Greinke had done gone and broke his left clavicle. He'll be gone for 6-8 weeks.  I'm not sure what Greinke's owners did to earn such a brutal and absurd blow, but it is one of the more baffling and unexpected injuries in recent fantasy sports. Rarely ever is a player injured on these types of brawls, let a lone one of the best (and most expensive) pitchers in the game. I'm sure if you own Greinke, you'd just wish that Quentin would have grabbed Greinke in a headlock and rabbit punched him multiple times in the forehead a la Nolan Ryan and Robin Ventura. Sadly, that is not how the levy broke Thursday night.


The backpack means bizness.(AP)
There will be heated debate on whether or not Quentin was in the right (per the player code guidelines of charging the mound) or in the wrong. Why Greinke stormed into Quentin rather than wait on the mound for someone to tackle him. And of course whether or not such actions should even be allowed any more in baseball. After top prospect Jorge Soler tried to use a bat in some capacity in a brawl a couple of days earlier, it does seem antiquated that such action is even tolerated in baseball today. Of course this isn't limited to just baseball, we all remember the time when former 4th liner Happy Gilmore used his skate in a hockey fight.

But, hey, that's for other people to talk about. What I'm here is to run through some replacement options for those owners who will have Greinke filling their DL spot. These are SP's that are available in over 40% of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball Leagues.

Chris Capuano, LA (9% owned)

First thing is first. With Greinke out, Capuano steps in and takes over pitching duties. Capuano had a magnificent first half last year before tiring down the stretch. Through his first 18 games he had 100 K's in 111.1 IP and carried a 2.91 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He should be starting, but the Dodgers just buy players without much thought behind it. He's worth a grab.

Jose Fernandez, MIA (57%)

Fernandez was a shock call up at the beginning of the season, but he didn't look to fazed. The 20 year-old Cuban defector not only names his pitches, but he can also throw them. Enjoy for a minute. Like any rookie pitcher the ride might get a little bumpy, but even with a fledgling team around him - I wouldn't worry much about chasing wins so long as he keeps putting up figures in all the other pitching categories. Any severe worry for Fernandez should come later in the season for an innings limit or just general wearing down, but Greinke will be back by then.

A.J. Griffin, OAK (40%) 

How about those Oakland A's, huh? They're off to a rip-roaring start and the pitching has a part to do with it. Another A's rotation guy Tommy Milone I've already expressed an appreciation for, so feel free to nab him as well, but Griffin has continued his effective 2012 ways early in 2013. Much like Fernandez, who might lack Greinke's wins, Griffin might not come through with the K numbers you'd like, but you work with what you have.

Chris Tillman, BAL (18%)

Looking for a guy that can be Diet Greinke? It's potentially Tillman. The guy has a lot of talent and a lot of pundits have pegged him for a breakout year. His first start was a mess, but his second start looked much more like what you'd hope to expect. If you're riding upside, here's your guy.

Andrew Cashner, SD (9%)

Might as well end with where we started. Back on the field in San Diego. I had mentioned Cashner previously as a sleeper-ish pick of mine. Lo and behold, he lost his rotation spot to Tyson Ross. No shit! Anyway, lost is probably the wrong word as even Padres manager Bud Black said Cashner will get in the rotation once he has built up enough arm strength. With Cashner doing his Cashner thing so far - high K's, high ERA, manageable WHIP - he could take a leap up a couple pitching tiers if the oft-injured northpaw can take the hill every 5 days.


The Funkman says: "He's not lowering his shoulder is he?"


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Fantasy Funkhouser: Fantasy Baseball 2013 Ranks Auto-Pick Edition

The King wasn't the highest paid pitcher for long, but he got off to a great start for 2013. (theprovince.com)
Fantasy Funkhouser will review all things Fantasy Baseball. After all, life is a small sample size.

Nothing is quite like baseball's Opening Day from a fantasy perspective. All the teams trot out their best starters, offensive bats are mostly quiet, and everyone is extremely annoyed that they're already losing their head to head match-up 8-2. Yes, it's the perfect time to overreact and panic that Joey Votto may not get a hit all season, or if Justin Verlander only threw 5 innings because he's nursing an elbow injury.

These times will pass once you realize that there are 6 months left of regular season baseball. Lots can happen over that span of time; some good, some bad, but it'll be fun. So in my last installment of my ranks, I've gone into auto pick mode and list my Top 200. All of which haven't been altered in the slightest due to Opening Day. Enjoy.


RANK NAME POSITION
1 MIGUEL CABRERA 3B
2 RYAN BRAUN OF
3 MIKE TROUT OF
4 JOEY VOTTO 1B
5 ANDREW MCCUTCHEN OF
6 MATT KEMP OF
7 ROBINSON CANO 2B
8 ALBERT PUJOLS 1B
9 CARLOS GONZALEZ OF
10 JUSTIN VERLANDER SP
11 PRINCE FIELDER 1B
12 CLAYTON KERSHAW SP
13 JASON HEYWARD OF
14 GIANCARLO STANTON OF
15 DAVID WRIGHT 3B
16 FELIX HERNANDEZ SP
17 JUSTIN UPTON OF
18 JOSE BAUTISTA OF
19 EVAN LONGORIA 3B
20 STEPHEN STRASBURG SP
21 ADRIAN BELTRE 3B
22 TROY TULOWITZKI SS
23 JOSH HAMILTON OF
24 BUSTER POSEY C/1B
25 ADAM JONES OF
26 DAVID PRICE SP
27 EDWIN ENCARNACION 1B/DH
28 IAN KINSLER 2B
29 MATT CAIN SP
30 COLE HAMELS SP
31 STARLIN CASTRO SS
32 DUSTIN PEDROIA 2B
33 JAY BRUCE OF
34 JOSE REYES SS
35 CLIFF LEE SP
36 ADRIAN GONZALEZ 1B/OF
37 MATT HOLLIDAY OF
38 RYAN ZIMMERMAN 3B
39 JACOBY ELLSBURY OF
40 ADAM WAINWRIGHT SP
41 MADISON BUMGARNER SP
42 BRYCE HARPER OF
43 JERED WEAVER SP
44 BRANDON PHILLIPS 2B
45 ALLEN CRAIG 1B/OF
46 YU DARVISH SP
47 YOENIS CESPEDES OF
48 BILLY BUTLER 1B
49 BEN ZOBRIST 2B/SS/OF
50 PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT 1B
51 GIO GONZALEZ SP
52 R.A. DICKEY SP
53 B.J. UPTON OF
54 ARAMIS RAMIREZ 3B
55 ZACK GREINKE SP
56 CRAIG KIMBREL RP
57 JOHNY CUETO SP
58 IAN DESMOND SS
59 YADIER MOLINA C
60 AUSTIN JACKSON OF
61 AROLDIS CHAPMAN SP/RP
62 MAT LATOS SP
63 JASON KIPNIS  2B
64 PABLO SANDOVAL 3B
65 KRIS MEDLEN SP
66 DESMOND JENNINGS OF
67 CHRIS SALE SP
68 BRETT LAWRIE 3B
69 JIMMY ROLLINS SS
70 CC SABATHIA SP
71 ALEX GORDON OF
72 MAX SCHERZER SP
73 AARON HILL 2B
74 JOE MAUER C/1B
75 JORDAN ZIMMERMANN SP
76 MICHAEL BOURN OF
77 SHIN-SOO CHOO OF
78 ANTHONY RIZZO 1B
79 FREDDIE FREEMAN 1B
80 HANLEY RAMIREZ SS/3B
81 YOVANI GALLARDO SP
82 MATT WIETERS C
83 ROY HALLADAY SP
84 JAMES SHIELDS SP
85 JONATHAN PAPELBON RP
86 ELVIS ANDRUS SS
87 MATT MOORE SP
88 CARLOS SANTANA C
89 MARTIN PRADO 2B/SS/3B/OF
90 SERGIO ROMO RP
91 FERNANDO RODNEY RP
92 CHASE HEADLEY 3B
93 ASDRUBAL CABRERA SS
94 ALEX RIOS OF
95 JOSE ALTUVE 2B
96 IAN KENNEDY SP
97 CARLOS BELTRAN OF
98 IKE DAVIS 1B
99 ERIC HOSMER 1B
100 CURTIS GRANDERSON OF
101 MARIANO RIVERA RP
102 RYAN HOWARD 1B
103 J.J. PUTZ RP
104 PAUL KONERKO 1B
105 BRANDON MORROW SP
106 NELSON CRUZ OF
107 DAVID ORTIZ 1B/DH
108 TIM LINCECUM SP
109 MATT HARVEY SP
110 MARK TRUMBO 1B/3B/OF
111 JOSH WILLINGHAM OF
112 VICTOR MARTINEZ C
113 JEFF SAMARDZIJA SP
114 ANIBAL SANCHEZ SP
115 JOE NATHAN RP
116 DAN HAREN SP
117 JOSH JOHNSON SP
118 NORICHIKA AOKI OF
119 CARLOS GOMEZ OF
120 JAKE PEAVY SP
121 DOUG FISTER SP
122 HUNTER PENCE OF
123 MIKE NAPOLI C/1B
124 RAFAEL SORIANO RP
125 BRETT ANDERSON SP
126 JIM JOHNSON RP
127 WILL MIDDLEBROOKS 3B
128 NICK SWISHER 1B/OF
129 RICKIE WEEKS 2B
130 HUSTON STREET RP
131 JON LESTER SP
132 GREG HOLLAND RP
133 JON NIESE SP
134 ALEJANDRO DE AZA OF
135 ADDISON REED RP
136 ALCIDES ESCOBAR SS
137 CHASE UTLEY 2B
138 MIKE MINOR SP
139 MELKY CABRERA OF
140 SHANE VICTORINO OF
141 HIROKI KURODA SP
142 BRETT GARDNER OF
143 BEN REVERE OF
144 JASON MOTTE RP
145 ANGEL PAGAN OF
146 MIKE MOUSTAKAS 3B
147 HOMER BAILEY SP
148 WILIN ROSARIO C
149 JARROD PARKER SP
150 ANDRE ETHIER OF
151 LANCE LYNN SP
152 CARL CRAWFORD OF
153 ERICK AYBAR SS
154 JOHN AXFORD RP
155 MICHAEL MORSE OF
156 RAFAEL BETANCOURT RP
157 C.J. WILSON SP
158 JOEL HANRAHAN RP
159 JOSH REDDICK OF
160 JEREMY HELLICKSON SP
161 KYLE SEAGER 2B/3B
162 TORII HUNTER OF
163 DAVID FREESE 3B
164 DAN UGGLA 2B
165 MARCO ESTRADA SP
166 GRANT BALFOUR RP
167 MIGUEL MONTERO C
168 MATT HARRISON SP
169 CHRIS PEREZ RP
170 NEIL WALKER 2B
171 TREVOR CAHILL SP
172 COREY HART 1B/OF
173 ALEXI OGANDO SP
174 JESUS MONTERO C
175 ALEX COBB SP
176 DANNY ESPINOSA 2B/SS
177 TOMMY MILONE SP
178 CHRIS DAVIS 1B/OF
179 J.J. HARDY SS
180 MANNY MACHADO 3B
181 COCO CRISP OF
182 ADAM LAROCHE 1B
183 WADE MILEY  SP
184 TODD FRAZIER 1B/3B
185 RYAN VOGELSONG SP
186 ICHIRO SUZUKI OF
187 DEXTER FOWLER OF
188 KENDRYS MORALES 1B
189 GLEN PERKINS RP
190 JASON GRILLI RP
191 PEDRO ALVAREZ 3B
192 JOSH BECKETT SP
193 TIM HUDSON SP
194 KENLEY JANSEN RP
195 ALEXI RAMIREZ SS
196 DEREK JETER SS
197 JASON KUBEL OF
198 MARCO SCUTARO 2B/SS
199 HOWIE KENDRICK 2B
200 CASEY JANSSEN RP


The Funkman says: "Really looking forward to this season."