Spring Training News and Notes: 3/3/14
Jason's Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Spring Training News and Notes - March 3, 2014
March 3, 2014
Spring Training News and Notes:
March 3, 2014
- The Yankees starting pitchers have looked good to start the spring, but their very early success should be taken with a grain of salt. Tanaka made his first appearance in a relief effort so his competition was not very tough, that said, he had three strikeouts in two innings. Sabathia also pitched well but his velocity was still low, and that is a concern for anyone thinking of drafting him this year.
- Tony Cingrani got his spring started on the right path as he was able to strikeout three batters in his first two innings of work. Cingrani is being draft in the latter half of drafts this spring because there are concerns about his ability to continue to amass a large number of strikeouts with only one pitch. Cingrani has stated that his slider is progressing well, and more solid spring performances could send him moving up draft boards.
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- Jose Bautista is looking primed for the season as he has already hit two home runs this spring. He was looking like an injury risk bargain before the spring started, but he if keeps up this pace, he will no longer be a draft day bargain.
- Mike Moustakas has started out blazing this spring as he also has hit two home runs already. Fantasy owners will need to see a lot more from the once hyped prospect before they start believing in him again. However, Moustakas is working hard to garner the attention of fantasy owners as draft day approaches.
- Neftali Feliz is having trouble with his delivery and his velocity is low so far. Fantasy owners thinking of taking Feliz as a late round sleeper need to monitor his spring progress.
- Dee Gordon is battling for a starting job in Los Angeles, and he could be fantasy relevant again if he wins the second base job for the Dodgers. Gordon is a one category player, but he is a player fantasy owners in rotisserie leagues need to watch this spring as he could be worth a late round pick because of his speed.
- Ike Davis and Lucas Duda are in a position battle earn the right to be called the Mets' starting first baseman. Both Davis and Duda were once considered fantasy sleepers, but both players have been nothing more than fantasy disappointments. The winner of this position battle will go undrafted except in the deepest leagues, but Davis would be a player to watch if he wins the job.
The Twins top prospect, Miguel Sano, is reported to be done for season because he needs to have Tommy John surgery. Any fantasy owners who were counting on him to be a late round sleeper need to mark him off their lists for this season.
Starlin Castro hurt his hamstring and he will miss 7-10 days. The reports from camp say Castro has stepped up and is ready to assume his role as a team leader, but fantasy owners will have to wait a week or so for him to prove it through his actions on the field.
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