The Washington Times - March 20, 2009, 12:03AM

We have 25-man rosters and draft only 23 players, so we have two spots to fill on waivers. Sitting sixth on the waiver order, I put a claim in for 20-year-old Tigers pitching phenom Rick Porcello - who is reportedly still in the running for the No. 5 starter job even though he spent last season in advanced Class A - but someone else in my league beat me to it. The following night I got Blue Jays pitching prospect Brett Cecil, who was recently sent to the minors but had a good spring and has been dynamite in the minors (9-5, 2.41 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 185-to-52 K-to-walk ratio in 168 1/3 innings). I’m betting he’ll be in the bigs by mid-May at the latest. I also needed a placeholder catcher because the Orioles will probably have Wieters start the year in triple-A. I settled on the Marlins’ John Baker, who hit .299 with five homers in 197 big league at bats last year after hitting .321 with six homers in triple-A. I’m hoping he can get the job done while I await Wieters’ arrival and then serve as an adequate backup from there on out.



No. 1 Starter: Jon Lester
No. 2 Starter: James Shields
No. 3 Starter: Joba Chamberlain
No. 4 Starter: Derek Lowe
No. 5 Starter: Gavin Floyd
Closer: Troy Percival
Catcher: Matt Wieters
First Baseman: Adrian Gonzalez
Second Baseman: Mark DeRosa
Third Baseman: Chipper Jones
Shortstop: J.J. Hardy
Outfield: Nick Markakis
Outfield: Raul Ibanez
Outfield: Johnny Damon
Utility: Pablo Sandoval


John Baker (C)
Clint Barmes (2B/SS)
Cristian Guzman (SS)
Travis Snider (OF)


Jordan Zimmermann (SP)
Kelvim Escobar (SP)
Koji Uehara (SP/RP)
Justin Masterson (SP/RP)
Manny Corpas (RP)
Brett Cecil (SP - Minors)


So how do you think I made out? Constructive criticism is encouraged, and if you think I nailed it, feel free to tell me that too. Good luck with your drafts.


Jay LeBlanc is an assistant news editor at The Washington Times. He can be reached at