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Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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New York Mets 3B Todd Frazier (oblique) likely will not be ready for the start of the regular season, according to manager Mickey Callaway.
Colorado Rockies third baseman and made man Nolan Arenado looks like hes already on the right path this year. First, he signed a new mega-deal for $260 million to stay in Colorado until hes 35-years-old, and now, hes bashed his third home run of the spring and is hitting .333 during the practice session. Arenado is one of the most dependable players in the game at this point. Arenados hit .287 or better with at least 37 home runs and 110 RBI in each of the last four seasons, and hes posted an OPS north of .930 for three straight years. Hes one of the top studs in the game, and this year should be no different as he continues his climb up the board of Rockies franchise leaders. Hell likely end this year 4th in franchise history in home runs, 6th in RBI, and 4th in WAR. Not bad at 28 years of age.
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez was knocked around by the Angels on Tuesday in an ugly tune-up start. Marquez was hit hard as he gave up a pair of home runs as well as eight other hits in just 4 2/3 innings. After the game, he told reporters the struggles had to do with placement of his fastball, and manager Bud Black confirmed that Marquez was regularly leaving the pitch high in the zone. A new trend in baseball has featured pitchers running fastballs up in the zone as hitters have keyed in on lower-level strikes, but its a dangerous approach to take as the difference between a strikeout and a rocket to the seats can be just a hair. Marquez has been a popular target this spring after he posted a stellar second-half of the season last year, but no ones really sure who will be showing up in Denver in April. Taking flyers on starting pitchers is part of the game, but owners might want to think twice before taking one on someone who pitches in Coors Field.
At 35-years-old, Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta is getting ready to start his 14th season behind the plate. Returning to the place where his career began in 2006, Iannetta knocked 11 homers and hit .224 in a time-share last season. This year expects to be more of the same, at least at the start of the year. Iannettas been struggling mightily in spring training, but he smacked a couple of hits over the last two games to help put minds at ease. Iannetta is slated to be the starter again this season, but with on-again, off-again prospect Tom Murphy lurking, he could eventually end up taking a back seat. For now, owners should have a pretty good idea what to expect from Iannetta. 10 years ago, he only hit 16 home runs and batted .228 in Colorado. Hes pretty dependable at this point.
Colorado Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson went six innings in a late tune-up in spring training on Wednesday, and he once again mixed potential with concern. Anderson struck out seven and only walked one, but he also gave up a pair of dingers to the lowly Royals. Obviously, not a ton can be made out of spring training performances, but home runs have plagued Anderson throughout his career. Last season, he led the National League in homers surrendered. Anderson is one of the many starting pitchers in Colorado who are dripping with potential but have a few too many bruises to allow them to become great. The 4.50 ERA-version of Anderson that has shown up each of the last two seasons is likely the one that will appear in Denver again this year.
New York Mets INF Jed Lowrie (knee) likely will not be ready for the start of the regular season, according to manager Mickey Callaway.
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Paul Goldschmidt is nearing a five-year, $110 million contract extension, according to sources.
Texas Rangers outfielder Hunter Pence will be on the team's Opening Day roster as the fourth outfielder, while Willie Calhoun has been optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Calhoun still has a lot of upside, but as a left-handed hitter he was blocked by Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Shin-Soo Choo. Calhoun will attempt to increase his versatility by playing all three outfield spots in the minors. Pence had a good spring, but he must stay healthy in order to be productive for those taking a flier on him in AL-only leagues.
Houston Astros OF Derek Fisher (undisclosed) is considered day-to-day and will be reevaluated Friday, March 22, after leaving the game early as a precaution with an undisclosed injury Thursday, March 21.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell has come to an agreement with the club on a five-year, $50 million guaranteed contract. The extension comes in the wake of scrutiny of the Rays for a very small raise after his Cy Young season. There will be no options on the contract and it will buy out all of his arbitration years plus one year of free agency. Snell broke out to the tune of a 21-5 record, 1.89 ERA and 31.6 percent strikeout rate. Snell is a top starting pitcher option in 2019 drafts.
Tampa Bay Rays LHP Blake Snell signed a five-year, $50 million extension Thursday, March 21.
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Adam Plutko was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday. Plutko filled in for a few games as a starter last season, but struggled to a 5.28 ERA. He'll serve as rotation depth at Triple-A, but will likely see at least a few starts if injuries strike the Cleveland starting rotation. He doesn't need to be owned in the majority of fantasy formats.
Texas Rangers veteran outfielder Hunter Pence is finally healthy and is on his way to earning an Opening Day roster spot for the rebuilding Rangers. The 35-year-old is hitting .356 (16-for-45) with three home runs, seven RBI and six stolen bases in 16 spring games as he tries to make the team. Pence rebuilt his swing in the offseason and looks healthy for now, but there's no guarantee that he'll see everyday at-bats when the regular season starts. Injuries have slowed him down in recent seasons, and he hit just .226 with four homers and 24 RBI in 97 games in his final season with the Giants. Pence is merely a flier in AL-only leagues if he starts on the Opening Day roster.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun has bounced back this spring after a terrible 2018 campaign. As a result, he figures to be the team's leadoff hitter heading into the regular season. The 31-year-old hit a miserable .208/.283/.369 with 19 home runs and 57 RBI in 137 games for the Halos in 2018. Calhoun managed the same number of homers in 2017 and hit .244. There's certainly rebound potential, but the ceiling isn't very high for a player that hasn't topped 20 home runs since 2015, which was the only time he's done it in his seven-year career in the big leagues.
San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado cracked a two-run home run Wednesday, his first of spring training. Machado is hitting just .176 in 34 at-bats this March but it shouldnt be a concern for the $300-million-man. Machado will likely bat second or third and should test 30 homers along with 180 runs-plus-RBI in 2019. Its possible the 26-year-olds offensive numbers diminish slightly from career norms playing half his games at Petco Park, but hes still a worthy investment at his current 18 ADP.
Milwaukee Brewers RHP Corey Knebel (elbow) will have his elbow examined by a doctor Thursday, March 21. 'There's reason for concern,' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. 11:14 AM - 21 Mar
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez, the team's No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, has electric stuff and has been so impressive that the Red Sox might have him start out of the bullpen on Opening Day. The 22-year-old has only six innings of professional experience above Single-A ball, however. In the long term, Hernandez projects to be a starter for Boston. It's promising for the left-handed pitcher, but he's still just one to watch in dynasty/keeper leagues for future seasons.
San Diego Padres starter/reliever Matt Strahm is on track to be the teams third starter to begin the regular season. Strahm fired five innings of scoreless ball and recorded four strikeouts Wednesday to bring his spring resume to a 2.65 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 10.1 K/9 across 17 frames. Strahms strong performance and injuries to other potential starters have likely secured his rotation spot. The 27-year-old was used primarily as a reliever in 2018 after returning from knee surgery and registered a sparkling 2.05 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. With four quality pitches, endurance is the key risk for Strahm as a starter. Hes an intriguing sleeper candidate in fantasy drafts.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo's surgically-repaired right knee has held up and he's been one of the team's most pleasant spring surprises. The Orioles are now re-evaluating their plan to have him start the season on the injured list. Trumbo has hit just .200 (2-for-10), but the results aren't as important for him. The slugging outfielder managed to play in just 90 games last year and disappointed by hitting .261 with 17 home runs after clubbing 47 round-trippers two seasons ago. He should be able to help fantasy owners out with his power in a hitter-friendly home park if he's healthy, but those in mixed leagues will probably take a wait-and-see approach.
Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo has raved about outfielder Teoscar Hernandez's power and defense all spring. The 26-year-old has breakout potential and 30-homer power with everyday playing time after hitting .239/.302/.468 with 22 home runs and 57 RBI in 476 at-bats last season. In 15 spring training games, Hernandez is batting .410 (16-for-39) with two homers and eight RBI. He's in a great hitting environment and is definitely worth a late-round flier for his power upside in deep mixed leagues.
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