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Spring Training News and Notes: 3/5/14

Jason's Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Spring Training News and Notes - March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

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Spring Training News and Notes:
March 5, 2014

- The Nationals are still looking for someone to fill the 5th spot in their starting rotation and Tanner Roark performed better than his competition for the job, Ross Detwiler on Monday. Detwiler gave up three earned run against the Yankees in 1 and ? innings, while Roark pitched two scoreless innings in the same game. Roark was a strong fantasy player at the end of last season, and he would become a deep sleeper if he is able to win the starting job.

- Stephen Strasburg looked very good in his spring debut. Strasburg faced some of the big hitters in the Atlanta lineup and he cruised through two innings giving up just one hit with one strikeout as well. Strasburg showcased his new new slider and it appears to be a pitch that could make him more effective, and that is scary. Strasburg is looking poised to build off his stellar reputation as a fantasy ace, and fantasy owners should feel very comfortable with spending a 3rd round pick on him.

Spring Training News and Notes: 3/5/14

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- Archie Bradley is a name that fantasy owners need to remember as the Diamondbacks prospect made a splash in his spring debut striking out six batters in three innings of work. Bradley is not a lock to leave camp with the Diamondbacks this season, but fantasy owners must remember his name and pick him up if he gets called up this season.

- Encarnacion gave fantasy owners a boost of confidence by bashing his first home run of the spring. In fact, Encarnacion has recorded a hit in each of his first four games, and that bodes very well for the slugger and his recovery from a wrist injury. Encarnacion has earned the respect of fantasy owners as he is being drafted in the first round of fantasy drafts this year, and a solid spring will go a long way in convincing fantasy owners he is not an injury risk.

- Jhonny Peralta made his presence felt against his old teammates, Detriot Tigers, as he belted two homers against them. Peralta was a top 5 fantasy shortstop last year before he received a PED suspension. Now Peralta is going undrafted in the majority of leagues, but he will be the starting shortstop for the Cardinals this season. Peralta should be considered a sleeper this year since he has fallen out of favor with fantasy owners but is hitting in a solid St. Louis lineup.

- Russell Wilson has made his presence felt as the Texas Rangers camp. It is very doubtful that Wilson will make the team and have an impact in fantasy baseball this year, but his presence at the Rangers camp sure makes for fun conversations.

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