Spring Training News and Notes: 3/7/14
Jason's Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Spring Training News and Notes
March 7, 2014
Spring Training News and Notes:
March 7, 2014
Jurickson Profar has started to heat up this spring as he has hit safely in six of the seven springs games he has played. Profar lost some fantasy value last season because of his poor performances with the Rangers, but this spring he is showing that he is ready to redeem himself. If Profar continues to hit this well for the rest of March, fantasy owners should expect him to quickly move up draft boards.
Nick Castellanos is quietly having a very solid spring training. Castellanos is taking over third base for the Tigers since Cabrera is moving back to first, and so far this spring he is showing why the Tigers believe in him. Castellanos hit well in the minors with a .303 batting average and a .804 OPS so there is reason to believe he could become a fantasy relevant third baseman this season. It is too early to consider him a starting option, but the Tigers have a strong lineup and Castellanos great spring start means he should now be on the fantasy radar.
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Ryan Braun is out to rebuild his reputation and fantasy owners should take notice because he already has two home runs in only seven spring at bats. Braun was arguably worthy of the first overall pick last year, and now he is going in the second round. If his hot spring is any indication of how his regular season is going to go, than Braun would be a total bargain with a second round pick.
Shelby Miller has gotten off to a good start this spring as he looks ready to improve on his strong rookie season. Miller is also working on adding another pitch to his arsenal, and if he can master his new cutter, than he should improve on his already impressive 8.9 K/9 rate. Miller's fantasy stock dropped because he was not an impact player in the Cardinals postseason run last year, but he is looking like a great draft day bargain this year.
Brandon Beachy was very impressive in his start on Wednesday as he pitched three hitless innings against the Phillies. Beachy is coming back from Tommy John surgery and a few more outings like this one will get him back on the fantasy radar. Beachy was having an incredible season in 2012 before he got hurt as he posted a 2.00 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP in 13 starts. Beachy's great 2012 season seems to be a forgot fantasy memory, but he is giving fantasy owners strong evidence to believe he can regain his 2012 form.
Brandon Morrow is another pitcher trying to comeback from injury, but he has not had much success this spring. Morrow allowed five runs in three innings against the Pirates, and this is not the type of spring performance fantasy owners were hoping to see. Morrow was on the verge of a breakout season in 2012, but he was only able to pitch in 21 games that year. Morrow was terrible last season, and if he cannot show improvement this spring than fantasy owners should leave him to the waiver wire.
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