Friday, March 16, 2018

Fantasy Focus: Choosing Keepers

My fantasy baseball league is adding a Keeper wrinkle this year.  We have to keep 2 pitchers and 2 hitters from last year's final roster, and we have to designate one of the Keepers as a "Franchise Player" who we have to keep for 3 years.  We cannot trade or drop our Franchise Player.  So, I have my 4 Keeper set:  Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper, Madison Bumgarner and Wade Davis.

My question is, who should I designate as my Franchise Player?  Arenado or Harper?  I would like your opinion with your reasoning.


Around the League:

Ozzie Albies 2B, Braves- 2 for 3, 2 HR(2).  BA= .318.  Albies is the darling of the Breakout predictors.

Gregory Polanco OF, Pirates- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .379.  Polanco battled injuries last year but should bounceback if he stays healthy.

Josh Bell 1B, Pirates- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .250.  Bell broke out last year, but I think there is still room for growth.

Jameson Taillon SP, Pirates- 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.79.  Hopefully Taillon is fully healthy and can reach his high ceiling.

Michael Wacha SP, Cardinals-  6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.20.

Jeimer Candelario 3B, Tigers- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .265.  Breakout candidate.

Nick Castellanos OF, Tigers- 1 for 3, HR(5).  BA= .278.  The 5 HR is catching my eye.  Is Castellanos breakout season still in the future?

JP Crawford SS, Phillies- 3 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .303.  The big question is whether Crawford will hit.  The rest of the package is elite.

Miles Mikolas SP, Cardinals- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 6.59.  Got knocked around early in the spring but seems to be settling in now.

Jaime Garcia SP, Blue Jays- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.00.  Has battled injuries for several years.  Can he stay healthy for a season?

Jake deGrom SP, Mets- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.35.  Elite SP.

Andrew Cashner SP, Orioles- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.01.  Cashner was surprisingly good last year with the Rangers.  Not a lot of K's, but solid in W's, ERA and WHIP.

Shohei Ohtani SP, Angels- 1.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  Great tools but has a lot to learn.  Don't expect much from him in 2018.

Chad Green RP, Yankees- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.25.  Multi-inning reliever who has fantasy value.

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/15/2018: Padres 9 Giants 7

The Giants put together a nice hitting show, but it was not enough to overcome some rough pitching.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence LF- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .250.  Pence seems to be getting into one of his grooves.  Talk of a DFA has faded away.

Andrew McCutchen RF- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .318.  Cutch is having a solid sustainable spring.

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .394.  Belt won't hit .394, but it's great to see him having a great spring.

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .267.  Arizona R&R is over.  Time to get ready for the season.  Expecting big things from Crawford this year.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 10.64.  Not worried about Shark, at least more than I ever am, which is quite a bit.  He'll have his mix of good games and terrible ones and likely end up with about 20 QS's.

Tony Watson LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 6.23.  Watson had a rough first half last season.

Cory Gearrin RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  If I had to pick 1 Giants pitcher to close out a game that counts tomorrow, I think I would pick Cory Gearrin.  That's how bad it's gotten.

Roberto Gomez RHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.68.  Gomez has had some good outings after a rough early spring.  He has no chance to make the Opening Day roster, but is putting himself in line for call up later in the season.


Fantasy Focus: Around the League

Lucas Giolito SP, White Sox- 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 3.18.  Breakout candidate.

Kevin Gausman SP, Orioles- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 6/2.  ERA= 4.82.  I've predicted so many breakouts for Gausman and gotten burned.  I think I'll stay away, which means this might be his year.

Jack Flaherty SP, Cardinals- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K's, GO/AO= 5/1.  ERA= 4.85.  Big time upside.  Still inconsistent.

Jonathan Schoop 2B, Orioles- 2 for 2, HR(5).  BA= .441.  Schoop already broke out, but may have more in the tank.

Mike Foltynewicz SP, Brave- 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5K's.  ERA= 0.00.  See Kevin Gausman above.

Dallas Keuchal SP, Astros-  5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.74.  Keuchal getting his work in.

Kyle Gibson SP, Twins- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.80.  Gibson is another inconsistent, frustrating pitcher.

David Price SP, Red Sox- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's. ERA= 0.00.  Big question is if Price is fully healthy.

Matt Harvey SP, Mets- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 5.52.  The 8 K's suggest Harvey is poised for a comeback.

Kyle Hendricks SP, Cubs- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.00.  Is Hendricks best season still to come?

Scott Scheeler OF, Reds- 2 for 3, 2 2B.  BA= .500.  Schebler hit 30 HR's last year.  There may be more in the tank.

Tyler Mahle SP, Reds- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 2.45.  Mahle is a back-end of the draft kind of guy.  More of a streamer candidate.

Rich Hill SP, Dodgers- 0.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 8.59.  Hill has always run hot and cold and health is always an issue with him.

Delino DeShields OF, Rangers- 1 for 3, BB, SB(4).  BA= .351.  DeShields projects to 40-50 SB's and will give you better all around numbers than Billy Hamilton.

David Dahl OF, Rockies- 1 for 3, HR(5).  BA= .200.  Rockies stirred up their OF picture by re-signing CarGo.  Dahl could start the season in AAA.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/14/2018: Mariners 6 Giants 5

While Johnny Cueto and Mark Melancon were off pitching in a minor league game, Derek Holland got the start in the MLB game.  Key Lines:

Evan Longoria 3B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .296.  If Longoria plays like this in the regular season, the Giants are gonna be least until the 9'th inning.

Buster Posey DH- 2 for 3.  BA= .500.  Buster being Buster.  Hope his ankle is feeling better.

Josh Rutledge 2B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .409.  Rutledge has definitely done everything possible to make the team.  Does d'Arnaud and Kelby's ability to play SS give them a leg up on him?

Derek Holland LHP- 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 3.27.  I would say Holland is almost a lock to be the Giants long man out of the bullpen.

Derek Law RHP- 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 8.44.  I know a lot of fans expect Law to make the Opening Day Roster, but why?

Josh Osich LHP- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Has Osich finally found the key to success at the MLB level?  The multiple innings are particularly impressive.

Sam Dyson RHP- 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 13.50.  Hmm, Hmm, Hmm!  I don't know if I quite buy that Dyson is just working on things.  Those horrendous Blown Saves at the end of last year are still pretty fresh in my mind.


A very sad end to the Gustavo Cabrera story.  He announced his retirement from baseball today.  When I think of what that kid could have been, I get a sick feeling.  Gave it his best, but the hand just never completely came around.


Fantasy Focus:  Around the League

Ketel Marte SS, D'Backs- 2 for 3.  BA= .435.  The Humidor could be a problem, but Marte is someone to at least follow and possibly draft in deeper leagues.

Scott Schebler OF, Reds- 1 for 2, HR(2).  BA= .480.  Did you know that Scott Schebler hit 30 HR's last year?

Zack Grienke SP,  D'Backs- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.38.  This may not be as bad as it looks.  Grienke came out after 1 inning after tweaking his groin.  It was termed "precautionary" and no MRI is planned.  He reportedly hit 92 MPH after struggling to get above 90 in his first few starts.

Jhoulys Chacin SP, Brewers- 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.87.  Chacin should be a nice late round option in your fantasy draft, although he is moving from a pitcher-friendly park to a hitter friendly one in Milwaukee.

Ryan Braun 1B- 2 for 2, 2 HR(2).  BA= .400.  Braun seems to be getting more comfortable at 1B which is good news for Domingo Santana lovers.  Braun is still a potent offensive force as long as he can stay healthy.

Travis Shaw 3B- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .286.  Shaw's breakout was last year, so you won't sneak up on anyone this year, but he's a second tier draft guy who could give you top tier production.

Yonny Chirinos SP, Rays- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.06.  Sleeper Alert!  Brent Honeywell's injury and some trades seem to have opened the door for Chirinos who put up this line in AAA last year:  12-5, 2.74, 141 IP, 22 BB, 120 K, GO/AO= 1.44.

Adam Wainwright SP, Cardinals- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.84.  Waino has had a rough couple of seasons.  Could he be a bounceback candidate?

Julio Tehran SP, Braves- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.24.  Solid SP option.

Jonathan Schoop 2B, Orioles- 2 for 3, HR(4).  BA= .406.  Schoop is already a reliable power option at 2B and seems to be still improving.

Dan Straily SP, Marlins- 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.20.  Strailly will have more value in QS leagues than ones that still use W's.  He'll pick up more W's if he is traded to a contender midseason which is very likely.

Steven Matz SP, Mets- 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 10.80.  The most important thing for Matz is he seems to be healthy.  More of a follow guy than a draft target right now.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/13/2018: Cubs 2 Giants 1

Tyler Chatwood was just as tough on the Giants in this spring training game as he is in the regular season as the Cubbies shut down the Giants.  Key lines:

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.15.  Bummy allowed solo dingers to Ian Happ and Addison Russell.  The Giants didn't answer until the top of the 9'th inning and it was too little too late.

Julian Fernandez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 27.00.  Fernandez kept his hopes for a roster spot alive with a shutdown inning.  Fernandez is a longterm asset the Giants should try to hang onto.

Cory Gearrin RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Gearrin's spot in the bullpen is not much in doubt.


Fantasy Focus:  Around the League

Tyler Chatwood RHP, Cubs- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 0.98.  Chatwood usually shuts down the Giants but he did more than that here with the 9 K's in 5 IP.  I am targeting him big time in my upcoming fantasy draft.

Addison Russell SS, Cubs- 2 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .364.  Russell killed my fantasy team last year, but he could break out if his physical and personal issues are resolved.

Lance Lynn RHP, Twins- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Lynn makes his first official spring appearance a success.

Didi Gregorius SS, Yankees- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .286.  Gregorius helped my fantasy team after I finally dumped Russell.  He is having a fine spring too.  He's still my draft target at SS.

Jordan Zimmermann RHP- Tigers- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.15.  Zimm has had a rough time since signing a big FA deal with the Tigers.  I wouldn't jump on his bandwagon based on this one spring start, but he's worth following.

Teoscar Hernandez OF, Blue Jays- 2 for 2, HR(3), SB(2).  BA= .547.  Major breakout candidate, if the Blue Jays have the sense to start him in RF over Randall Grichuk.

Freddie Freeman 1B, Braves- 3 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .321. Position alert!  Freeman also has 3B eligibility in Yahoo formats.  BTW, Anthony Rizzo has 2B eligibility.

Francis Martes RHP, Astros- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.93.  High ceiling prospect.   He will likely start the season as another multi-inning reliever for the 'Stros.  That has fantasy value.

Yusmeiro Petit RHP, A's- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.35.  Petit was a fantasy stud last year in a long relief role with the Angels.  He has been lights out this spring.

Rob Whalen RHP, Mariners- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 1.38.  Whalen had a rough season last year in both AAA and a short MLB stint.  Prior to that, he was a promising prospect.  He is not currently listed on the Mariners depth chart.  Deep Sleeper alert.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/12/2018: Giants 6 A's 5

Two young Giants, Chris Stratton and Steven Duggar, left a big, good, impression as the Giants edged out the A's.  Key Lines:

Joe Panic 2B- 1 for 2, BB.  BA= .348.  Feels like Average Joe is doing this while sitting in the rocking chair right now:  Get up, go to the park, get 1 or 2 hits and a walk, go home.

Nick Hundley C- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .444.  What a major luxury to have Hundley as the backup catcher!

Jarrett Parker DH- 1 for 3, 2B, BB. BA= .242.  OF competition is fierce.  Parker is not giving up without a fight.  He has the option numbers on his side.

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 2, HR(4), Sac.  BA= .300.  Speaking of not giving up without a fight....another statement game by Duggar! The dinger came off a lefty reliever.  Giants beats sound like he's ticketed to Sacramento, at least to start the season, but he's definitely making his case to be the starting CF on Opening Day.

Chris Stratton RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.25.  The Giants placed a lot of faith in Stratton this offseason and concentrated on shoring up several positions.  So far, Stratton is making that strategy look good.  Looks like he has a pretty firm grip on #4 starter.

Sam Dyson RHP- 0.2 IP,  4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 12.27.  Ooof!  I wish I have more confidence in the Giants Closer situation.  Melancon seems like he's about 1 pitch away from the DL and Dyson finished last season with 2 disaster Blown Saves.  Now this.


The Giants cut 13 players leaving 47 still in. camp:

Optioned:  Tyler Herb, Pierce Johnson, Chase Johnson, Reyes Maronta, DJ Snelton, Steven Okert, Aramis Garcia, Miguel Gomez

Reassigned:  Alen Hanson, Tyler Cyr, Jose Flores, Dereck Rodriguez, Madison Younginer.

The biggest surprise is probably Okert, with Josh Osich apparently sticking around for a longer look.


Fantasy Focus:  Around the League

Jharel Cotton RHP, A's- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.75.

Franklin Barreto 2B, A's- 1 for 2, HR(3).  BA= .300.  Barreto seems ready to be a star.  He needs a place to play.  Will that be 2B?

Dylan Cease RHP, White Sox- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Not sure if he has a chance to start the season in the ChiSox rotation but he must be getting close.  Former highly ranked draft prospect.

Sharlon Schoop 2B, Orioles- 2 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .379.   Schoop has become a reliable power option at 2B.

Dylan Bundy RHP, Orioles- 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 10.61.  Bundy needs to find consistency.

Jakob Junis RHP, Royals- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K.  ERA= 1.50.  Did you know Junis went 9-3, 4.30, 98.1 IP, 25 BB, 80 K's, 1.28 WHIP last year?  I know I didn't!  Sleeper alert!

Trevor Bauer RHP, Indians- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 6.75.  Bauer was inconsistent last year but had a K/9 greater than 9.

Jake Eflin RHP, Phillies- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 2.89.

Sean Newcomb LHP, Braves- 4.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.53.  Breakout alert!

Delino Deshields Jr CF, Rangers- 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SB(3).  BA= .387.  DeShields line last year was .269/.347/.367, 6 HR, 29 SB in 420 PA.  Rangers say he's going to be the full-time starting CF in 2018.  Rangers manager says he's going to steal 50 bases.  If you just project last year's numbers to 630 PA he has 45, so 50 is easily reachable.  If you are thinking of drafting Billy Hamilton for his SB's, DeShields projects to almost as many with much better surrounding numbers.  I mean, you can't steal 1B and DeShields gets on base!  Breakout Alert!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hot Stove Update: Jake Arrieta Signs With the Phillies

Jake Arrieta finally found a home, signing with the Phillies for 3 years/$75 M.  This is $25 M and 1 year less than MLBTR's prediction way back when the Hot Stove first fired up and WAY less than his original asking price of $200 M.  The deal breaks down to a front-loaded contract of $30 M in 2018, $25 M in 2019 and $20 M in 2020.  He has an opt out after 2 years, but the Phillies also have an option to void the opt out and extend the contract for another year with base pay of $20 M for each of the last 2 seasons with incentives to $30 M each of those seasons.  So, the maximum payout from the deal could go as high as $105 M over 4 years which is right where MLBTR had him pegged, but a lot has to happen to get to there.

This has to be a disappointment for Arrieta, who as recently as 2 years ago was among the best 2 or 3 pitchers in baseball.  Last season was not nearly as good with an ERA of 3.53, and some analysts think they see the beginnings of or the downhill phase of his career.  The higher ERA came with a higher BABIP and HR/FB, so it's possible that it was all due to bad luck, but according to Fangraphs, if you dig deeper into the granular data, there were definite problems with his slider, which had been his wipeout pitch.

It's a bit of a head scratcher why a rebuilding team like the Phillies would put out a contract like this that will likely expire before they reach their window of contention.  On the other hand, if Arrieta can pitch even as good as he did last year, he could propel them into playoff contention ahead of schedule.  It's a lot of money with a significant risk for that chance, though.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/11/2018: Giants 5 Padres 4

Hunter Pence highlighted a 5-run rally in the first inning with a grand slam HR and the Giants hung on for a 1-run win.  Key Lines:

Austin Jackson CF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .400.  Jackson is having a fine spring at the plate.  Starting to make a believer out of of me even though spring stats mean close to nothing.

Hunter Pence DH- 1 for 2, HR(1), BB.  BA= .143.  The dinger was a first pitch grand slam HR in the first inning.  And Hunter Pence sez "STFU, haters!"

Ty Blach LHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K, ERA= 2.92.  Blach wasn't as sharp as in his previous starts. You could tell because even the outs were fly balls or lineouts.

DJ Snelton LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.69.  Snelton is leaving an impression for later if the Giants need to call up a lefty reliever.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 2/0.  ERA= 4.50.  Per Pavs, Melancon's stuff looked more crisp today than his first appearance.

Pierce Johnson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Another guy who is leaving his calling card for down the road.

Tyler Herb RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.40.  Nice 2 innings of work for Herb, who should get the promo to Sacramento after pitching AA last year.


Fantasy Focus:  Around the League

Bartolo Colon SP, Rangers- 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.04.  Looks like Colon is going to do his thing for at least another year.  He has value in Wins and WHIP.

JC Ramirez, SP, Angels- 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.72.  Ramirez has been very good when healthy.

Justin Upton, OF, Angels- 1 for 3, HR(2).  BA= .333.  Upton may be poised for his career year.

Matt Olson, 1B, A's- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .310.  Olson had a breakout in the second half last year.  From his spring so far, he may be able to keep it up for a full season.

Luke Weaver, SP, Cardinals- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 1.00.  Breakout candidate.

Didi Gregorius, SS, Yankees- 1 for 3, HR(2).  BA= .280.  Gregorius is my late round target at SS.

Francisco Liriano, SP, Tigers- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA- 0.00.  Liriano is a lock for the Tigers decimated rotation.  He's had his ups and downs, but can be terrific when he gets on a roll.

Jose Pirela, 2B, Padres- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .481.  Padres are obviously trying to expand Pirela's defensive repertoire to get his bat into the lineup more.  Deep sleeper, but needs a position.

Andrew Cashner, SP, Orioles- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 6/2.  ERA= 0.00.  Cashner's first appearance of the spring.  He's kind of like Bartolo Colon only younger.  Had a 3.40 ERA in 166 IP for the Rangers last year, but had a poor K/BB.

Chris Iannetta, C, Rockies- 1 for 2, HR(3), BB.  BA= .308.  Iannetta has appeared to be on the verge of breakouts in the past and disappointed, but I love his upside moving to Coors Field.

Keston Hiura, 2B, Brewers- 2 for 2.  BA= .409.   If he can throw at all, it seems like a matter of a short time before Hiura is the starting 2B for the BrewCrew.  He should be an instant asset in BA.

Carlos Carrasco, SP, Indians- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.00. Carrasco is an ace level pitcher now.

Wade Miley, SP, Brewers- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.38.  Miley has disappointed for several years.  Is he pulling it back together?

Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox- 2 for 2, 3B, HR(2) BB.  BA= .750.  Jimenez missed the early part of spring training with an injury, but is back with a vengeance.  If you have a place to stash him, by all means try to draft him.  Just a monster bat.

Reynaldo Lopez, SP, White Sox- 4.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.96. Breakout candidate.

Brandon Finnegan, SP, Reds- left his start in the first inning with forearm pain.

Robinson Cano, 2B, Mariners- left the game in the first inning with a lame hammy.