MLB News: Spring Training Baseball News and Notes: 3/11/14
Jason's Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Spring Training News and Notes
March 11. 2014
Spring Training News and Notes:
March 11, 2013
The Braves pitching staff suffered some setbacks this week and the biggest worry is about Kris Medlen. Medlen is in danger of becoming a spring training casualty since he suffered a forearm injury, and now the Braves are waiting to find out if he will need another round of Tommy John surgery. Medlen was not the only Braves pitcher to deal with injuries this week. Brandon Beachy felt some tightness in his arm, but he says he will be okay. Fantasy owners who were targeting the Braves rotation as mid round values need to follow this situation closely.
Tim Lincecum has been working with his new teammate,Tim Hudson, to learn how to adjust his pitching approach. Lincecum lost the ability to overpower hitters and now he is learning how to pitch to contact. So far this spring, Lincecum is showing some good success as he has only allowed 3 hits in 5 innings. Fantasy owners may be a little off put by the fact that Lincecum has only struck out one batter. If Lincecum has mastered a new pitching style, he would become a very intriguing sleeper option in fantasy drafts this season.
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Matt Cain has been lights out so far this spring as he is hoping to rebound from a poor season. Cain has only allowed 1 hit and no walks to go with 9 strikeouts in 8 innings. This type of performance should give fantasy owners confidence that he is very capable of rebounding in 2014.
The back half of the Yankees rotation has started out on the good foot this spring. Kuroda has been outstanding in his limited spring action as he has not allowed a run in 4.2 innings while striking out 7 batters over that span. Kuroda is once again looking to have another solid and undervalued fantasy season. Kuroda's teammate, Michael Pineda, is trying to have a bounce back season as he has been a big disappointment since being traded to the Yankees. Pineda had a good game in his first spring action as he struck out 4 batters in 2 innings. Pineda is a player to watch this spring as he has sleeper potential.
Tyson Ross is another potential fantasy sleeper and he has also gotten off to a good start this spring. Ross has not allowed a hit in 5 spring innings and he also has 4 strikeouts. In order to keep things from looking too spectacular, Ross has walked 3 batters as well. Still, Ross has the potential to be a great late round bargain on draft day and fantasy owners should watch to see how he progresses over the rest of spring training.
Billy Hamilton is not making too much noise so far this spring and that is great news for fantasy owners hoping to snag the speedster in the later rounds. Hamilton has been labeled as a player that has trouble getting on base despite his .350 minor league career OBP, and his .429 OBP in 13 major league games last year. This spring Hamilton has produced a strong .435 OBP in 19 spring at bats. As long as fantasy owners are overlooking that fact that Hamilton has produced a strong OBP in his short time in the majors, he will be remain a very good bargain on draft day.
Grady Sizemore is receiving more praise from his new team, but his injury history is still a real concern for the Red Sox. The reports are suggesting that Sizemore is getting close to his old form, but the Red Sox are worried that he could get hurt again if they push him too hard. This will be an interesting scenario in Boston, and if Sizemore can convince the Red Sox that he is capable of being an everyday player, he would be one of the best draft day bargains this year.
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