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Update June 25th:
Notes on the exceptional 2020 MLB Season
MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to play a 66-day and 60-game season in 2020. This 66-day season runs from July 24th thru September 27th. This is a season of 9 weeks and 3 days.
Here are the impacts on our fantasy baseball leagues:
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Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco, MLB's top prospect, could find his way onto the big league roster later this year despite being just 19 years old and not playing at a level beyond High-A. Franco is the second prospect ever to receive an 80-grade hit tool (the other being Vladimir Guerrero Jr.) and has an advanced grasp of the strike zone with an 83:54 BB:K ratio over 768 minor league plate appearances. He was officially named to the team's 60-man roster for the 2020 season this week. It's exciting to think about Franco playing in the majors, but there's no guarantee it'll happen during the 60-game season, so he's still best as a dynasty/keeper asset than a redraft one.
If Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jay Bruce, who has a .219/.287/.445 slash line since 2018, struggles, the Phillies could turn to third baseman Alec Bohm at designated hitter. Baseball's No. 30 prospect could also see playing time if center fielder Adam Haseley doesn't hit enough, which would cause the Phillies to use either Scott Kingery or Jean Segura in center field, opening up third base for Bohm. The 23-year-old finished last year hitting .305/.378/.518 with 21 homers in 125 minor league games. Philly's rotation is up in the air behind Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Jake Arrieta, so Howard, baseball's No. 34 prospect, could see a prominent role early this season. Howard made great progress with his changeup last year and had a 2.03 ERA with 94 K's and 16 walks in 71 minor league innings.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning(elbow) is facing live hitters on Friday at the first day of the team's summer camp workouts. The 24-year-old was shut down back in March with elbow issues. But the promising pitcher is now trending in the right direction after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection. The Angels invested a lot in their offense this offseason, but one of the biggest questions on the team remains the pitching staff. Canning's progression should be handled cautiously, but he is trending towards being able to contribute when/if the season gets underway, which would make him a flier in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Los Angeles Angels OF Mike Trout said he has not made a final decision on whether to play this season because his wife is scheduled to have a child in August and is worried about the possibility of giving them COVID-19 if he tested positive.
Detroit Tigers OF Troy Stokes Jr. (hand) recently underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand, according to manager Ron Gardenhire. Gardenhire did not rule out the possibility of Stokes playing at some point in 2020.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer threw 65 pitches to live hitters on the first day of summer camp on Friday. Scherzer was battling through an injury to his right side back in March, but it looks as though he's past that and ready for the start of the regular season later this month. The 35-year-old right-hander continues to be an elite fantasy starter when he's on the mound, but injuries have started to creep into the conversation, as he missed some starts in 2019 while dealing with the injury bug. There's a lot more risk involved with Mad Max, especially at his age, but he remains a high-end SP1 worth taking a chance on in the early rounds.
Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez said that catcher Welington Castillo has opted out of playing in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Castillo will join teammates Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross in opting out this year. The 33-year-old was on a minor league deal that he signed in January and was unlikely to make much, if any, fantasy impact as the third catcher on the depth chart behind Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki. Castillo hit a disappointing .209/.267/.417 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI in 72 games in his second season and final season with the White Sox in 2019.
Atlanta Braves LHP Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday, July 3, and said his shoulder feels great.
Texas Rangers relief pitcher Brett Martin has tested positive for COVID-19 and has some "mild" symptoms. Martin is a diabetic, so it is a delicate situation, and he's at risk for complications. Heading into the season, Martin was expected to serve in a setup role alongside Rafael Montero and Joely Rodriguez ahead of closer Jose Leclerc, but he could now consider sitting out in 2020 because he's a high-risk individual. The 25-year-old left-hander made his MLB debut in 2019 and had a 4.76 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 51 games (two starts) over 62 1/3 innings. Martin won't carry much fantasy appeal if he decides to play in 2020.
Texas Rangers LHP Brett Martin (illness) has tested positive for COVID-19 and is dealing with mild symptoms. He will need to test negative twice within 24 hours before he can return to the team.
Houston Astros outfielder/designated hitter Yordan Alvarez is currently not in Houston as camps across the league begin to open. When asked about the situation, manager Dusty Baker replied that the reigning Rookie of the Year is not present due to "league mandates". Nothing has been confirmed but it is fair to consider that his absence is due to a health issue. Alvarez is looking to prove that his phenomenal rookie season wasn't a fluke but may not be able to join the team for the next 1-2 weeks.
Free-agent C Steven Baron, INF/OF Jake Elmore and RP David Hernandez signed minor league contracts with the Cleveland Indians Friday, July 3, and have been added to the 60-man roster.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. (hand) suffered a broken bone in his hand and underwent surgery to fix it, according to manager Ron Gardenhire. It's the reason why Stokes was left out of the team's player pool for the upcoming season. The 24-year-old is looking unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season in late July. A former fourth-round selection of the Brewers in 2014, Stokes hit just .233/.341/.385 with nine home runs, 40 RBI, 50 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 95 games for Triple-A San Antonio in the 2019 season. His power/speed combination is intriguing for a rebuilding Tigers squad, but he shouldn't be on the radar for those in redraft leagues as of right now.
New York Mets relief pitcher Dellin Betances (shoulder, Achilles) looked "really good" during his bullpen session on Friday, according to manager Luis Rojas. Shoulder and Achilles injuries limited Betances to only one game last season for the Yankees. If Betances is in fact ready for the July start of the 2020 season, he and Seth Lugo will serve as the Mets setup men in front of closer Edwin Diaz. Betances will have value in holds leagues and for strikeout upside if he's healthy. He may also be in line for some save opportunities if Diaz loses his grip on the closer role during the season.
With Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and his wife, Jessica, expecting their first child in August, he is discussing the possibility of sitting out in 2020 on a daily basis. "Honestly, I still don't feel comfortable," Trout told reporters Friday. The three-time American League MVP continues to have discussions with general manager Billy Eppler and manager Joe Maddon as well. He left open the possibility of not playing until the baby arrives. It sounds as though Trout is leaning towards playing this year, but nothing is certain in these uncertain times. Normally a lock to be in consideration for the No. 1 overall fantasy pick, suddenly fantasy owners must weigh the risks of taking him that high and then having him sit out for all or a good chunk of the 2020 season. If Trout were to sit out, the chances of top prospect Jo Adell making a significant contribution would increase.
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom appears to be in midseason form, according to Mets manager Luis Rojas. Rojas made those statements on Friday following a bullpen session thrown by deGrom. deGrom is coming off of a National League Cy Young award season in which he posted an 11-8 record, 2.43 ERA and 0.97 WHIP with 255 strikeouts in 204 innings pitched. deGrom is a lock-down SP1 in all formats who can provide a high number of strikeouts and league-leading ratios.
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (heel, ankle) was able to ramp up to sprint speed while quarantined. Cespedes, named to the Mets 60-man player pool, is coming off of heel and ankle injuries that have kept him sidelined since mid-July 2018. The Mets have indicated that they want to see him in person before determining if he can participate in full-speed baserunning drills with the team. Provided he is healthy, Cespedes could serve as the Mets regular DH. That said, even if fully recovered, consistent playing time is not a given with Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis serving as potential options for the Mets at DH. If Cespedes proves to be healthy once games begin in late July, he's worth a roster spot in mixed and NL-only formats
San Diego Padres left-handed starter MacKenzie Gore, baseball's No. 1 pitching prospect and fifth overall, is the most intriguing starting option behind ace Chris Paddack in 2020. If Gore debuts early on this year and dominates as a rookie, the Padres could sneak into the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The 21-year-old southpaw had a 1.69 ERA with 135 strikeouts and 28 walks in 101 innings at High-A and Double-A in 2019. The question with Gore this year is when will he debut and how many innings will he actually get in the Friars rotation? He's the real deal, though, so he needs to be owned in all fantasy formats with the Padres being aggressive with their top prospects recently.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez has not arrived to Fenway Park during the early stages of summer camp as he awaits his results after undergoing a test for COVID-19. Rodriguez is currently isolating after being around somebody who tested positive at his home in Florida. The 27-year-old left-hander got off to an impressive start during the spring prior to the shutdown, with a 1.64 ERA and 20 strikeouts through 11 innings. Rodriguez's status for the beginning of the season should not be severely impacted at the moment with Opening Day set to take place in three weeks.
The Cleveland Indians have signed catcher Steve Baron, infielder Jake Elmore and relief pitcherDavid Hernandez to minor league deals on Friday. Baron will report to the clubs Lake County camp, while Elmore and Hernandez will report to Progressive Field in Cleveland. Hernandez should be used regularly early on as starters begin to build up their pitch counts. He had a rough year in Cincinnati in 2019, though, and all three players can be ignored in all fantasy formats ahead of the shortened 2020 season.
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