Spring Training News and Notes: March 1, 2014
Jason's Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Spring Training News and Notes - March 1, 2014
March 1, 2014
Spring Training News and Notes:
March 1, 2014
- Jose Fernandez looks poised to build off his ROY season. Fernandez has stated that his goal this season is to have a 1.95 ERA. That is a very high goal for any pitcher, but a possible one considering he ended his rookie year with a 2.19 ERA. Fernandez was very strong in his first two spring innings against the Cardinals as he threw 23 of his 32 pitches for strikes. Fernandez was a bit sloppy in the 2nd inning as he made an error and got a few pitches up, but all in all he looked very good and quite sharp in his first game action. Fernandez is stepping up as a team leader, and he looks ready to take on the challenges of being a top pitcher in the major leagues.
- Jose Bautista started off spring training by hitting the first home run in 2014, and that is a great sign for fantasy owners who are investing in Bautista's bargain status. Bautista has been slipping in drafts this season because of his recent injury history. However, Bautista still has his power stroke and he may lose some of his bargain value if he keeps hitting home runs in spring training games.
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- C.C. Sabathia has reported to camp weighing the same amount that he did last spring. Sabathia lost some power and endurance last year and he blamed it on his weight loss, but he has stated those issues will not be a concern this year. Sabathia said he has put on nearly ten pounds of muscle and that he is much stronger and should not have fatigue issues this season. Sabathia has made a splash this spring with his new physique, and fantasy owners interested in taking a gamble on the Yankees' ace should watch his spring performances closely.
Kansas City Royals - The Royals got off to a very bad start last season, but they finished the year very strong. If the Royals can take the next step that has been expected of them for some time, then there are several fantasy bargains hiding in their lineup. Three of those players have started the spring off with very good games. Norichika Aoki, Billy Butler, and Mike Moustakas all had great games on Friday against the Rangers. Each of them had a multi hit game, and while the season has not even started yet, this was a great sign for this young team.
Los Angeles Angels - The Angels are another team that has gotten off to a hot spring start as they beat up Clayton Kershaw in their first spring action, and scored 15 runs against the Cubs in their second game. Trout was the big star and he is giving fantasy owners more reasons to pick him over Miguel Cabrera. Jered Weaver worked on his offspeed pitches this offseason, and he looked good in his first spring action as well. The big boys have not done much though as Pujols was 0-2 with a walk and Josh Hamilton is already nursing an injury. The Angels have come firing out of the spring gates without the benefit of their two biggest stars and it will be interesting to see how this team develops over the next month.
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