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Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch confirmed on Friday that Brad Peacock will serve as the team's No. 5 starter to open the season. The 31-year-old right-hander started only one game last year after making 21 starts in 2017. He went 3-5 with a 3.46 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 96 K's and 20 walks in his 65 innings in 2018. Peacock developed a changeup this year which could make him more effective. It's unclear how many innings he'll approach as a starter again this season, but Peacock will be sneaky rotation depth in deep mixed and AL-only leagues.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer allowed three runs in seven innings against the Marlins in his final Grapefruit League start before the regular season on Friday, striking out 12 and walking none. No pitcher had recorded as many strikeouts in a spring training game in nearly four years, when Tyson Ross had 12 K's for the Padres in 2015. Scherzer led the majors with 300 strikeouts and continues to be a perennial Cy Young contender. He's a sure-fire ace and remains the top fantasy starter on the board in the first round.
Miami Marlins third baseman Neil Walker hit a home run off Nationals starterMax Scherzer on Friday, bringing his on-base percentage in March to .344 and his slugging percentage to .633. The veteran is slotted to regularly bat third against righties and can also play first base. Walker is a bit of a forgotten player who won't get a lot of fantasy love due to his new team. But he only needs consistent at-bats, which won't be a problem on a rebuilding team like the Marlins, to provide sneaky fantasy value. If he continues to hit solidly, he makes a good player to slot into your MI position.
Washington Nationals second baseman Howie Kendrick (hamstring) saw live pitching from reliever Tony Sipp on Thursday for the first time since he strained his left hamstring earlier this spring. Manager Dave Martinez is optimistic that both Kendrick and Sipp could be ready for Opening Day, but both players still have hurdles to clear. Kendrick is coming off surgery on his right Achilles last year and needs to play in at least three or four games before Opening Day. He's still running at only 85 percent, so the team could start him in a minor league game to control his at-bats. Outfielder Michael A. Taylor (hip, knee) is also expected to remain in Florida after the team wraps up Grapefruit League play on Sunday to continue working toward a return.
Miami Marlins outfielder Garrett Cooper is doing everything he can to crack the Marlins 25-man roster. The 28-year-old went 2-for-3 on Friday, bringing his spring training OPS to .991 with a week to go. The Marlins already have Curtis Granderson, Lewis Brinson locked up to start the season, with only Pete O'Brien as Cooper's main competition for the last spot in the outfield. Cooper was the Marlins' regular guy in right field last season before getting hit on the wrist by a pitch in the second game. He ended up playing in only 14 games all year, but is bouncing back nicely. He should only be rostered in the deepest of leagues, but is worth monitoring in case some of the Marlins magic this spring carries over into the regular season.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez (shoulder) resumed throwing on Wednesday after taking a few days off for the birth of his daughter, but manager Mike Shildt said it will be "another couple weeks" before Martinez will throw off a mound. The team won't rush a decision on whether to use him as a starter or reliever, and they can likely delay making that call until mid-April. The Cardinals plan to send Martinez to St. Louis next week so that he can continue his throwing program under the supervision of the medical staff. Martinez has high-end stuff when healthy, but he was on the disabled list multiple times in 2018 and is off to a bad start this year. He's still worth stashing in the late rounds of deep mixed leagues if you have the room, but a move to the bullpen permanently would hurt his overall upside.
Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro (knee) has been named the team's Opening Day catcher by Don Mattingly. Alfaro has not played in almost three weeks, but will be catching on Saturday when the team faces the Astros. Acquired over the offseason in the J.T. Realmuto trade with the Phillies, Alfaro has been dealing with knee issues which have limited him to just three games. He was a sleeper pick a few years ago, but is relevant in NL-only and deep leagues.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler, who could hit anywhere from second to seventh this year, hit two home runs in the spring game on Thursday against the Yankees and has been making consistent hard contact in camp. He entered Thursday with one extra-base hit in his first 40 spring at-bats, but Fowler has put multiple balls in play at an exit velocity of 105 mph or higher. According to Statcast, he had just three events in 2018 at that exit velocity. Fowler had an abysmal year in 2018, hitting .180 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in just 90 games due to injury. He could easily bounce back, but fantasy owners in mixed leagues will take a wait-and-see approach.
St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter, who dealt with back tightness last weekend, plans to play in just one more Grapefruit League game before getting the rest of his at-bats in a minor league setting next week. He plans on being ready for Opening Day next Thursday against Milwaukee. Carpenter had five hits, including three home runs, in 28 at-bats before his back tightened up last Saturday. The 33-year-old is penciled in as the club's leadoff hitter this year after batting .257 with a career-high 36 home runs and 81 RBI in 156 games in 2018. Carpenter is an early round pick as a corner infielder for his power stroke.
New York Mets third baseman Jed Lowrie hasn't attempted to run at full speed five weeks after suffering a sprained left knee capsule. He ran earlier this week on an anti-gravity treadmill, but he doesn't seem close to a full slate of sprints or baseball activities. As a result, Lowrie won't be ready for Opening Day and the team has no idea what his timetable will be. With both Lowrie and corner infielder Todd Frazier (oblique) set to open on the injured list, Jeff McNeil will serve as the primary third baseman and will likely be the two-hole hitter against right-handers.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson reported some elbow soreness after pitching into the fourth inning in a minor league game on Thursday, and he was to be examined by the team's head physician on Friday. Manager Craig Counsell expressed optimism that Nelson's injury wasn't serious. The team is hoping Nelson is just experiencing soreness common for starting pitchers as they build up stamina for the regular season. The Brewers don't think any additional testing will be necessary. Nelson missed all of last year after having right shoulder surgery and will begin 2019 in the minor leagues. If healthy, though, he could have a big impact in the starting rotation in Milwaukee and could become relevant again in mixed leagues.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks' chronic back pain hasn't eased to the point where he has been able to resume baseball activities. The switch-hitter had hoped to be activated from the injured list on April 4, but manager Aaron Boone said that timetable was "probably too ambitious." Hicks' power and speed combination is attractive in all mixed leagues, but this injury just reminds us of the type of risk that he comes with. Brett Gardner is expected to patrol center field regularly until Hicks can return.
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was relieved to find out that X-rays and a CT scan on his right elbow came back clean on Friday. Bird was hit by a pitch on his right elbow in a spring game on Wednesday. He did not swing or take ground balls on Friday, but he expects to return to the lineup on Saturday. The 26-year-old missed all of 2016 after right labrum surgery and also injured his right ankle in spring training of 2017. Bird had a bone spur removed from his right ankle last year and has been dogged by injuries in his time with the Yanks. When healthy, he'll have to compete for playing time with Luke Voit.
New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday. The 24-year-old played in just 69 games last year (15 in the majors) due to the effects of a concussion, and he hit just .130 over 46 at-bats with two doubles, one triple, five RBI and three stolen bases in 17 Grapefruit League games. He walked four times and struck out a team-leading 15 times. Frazier's demotion likely means that infielder Tyler Wade will make the roster in a utility role. Frazier still has potential at the next level, but New York's crowded outfield will make it hard for him to make a significant impact.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish (finger) and relief pitcher Pedro Strop (hamstring) both threw successful bullpen sessions on Friday and should be ready for the season opener next Thursday. Strop will return to game action either Monday or Tuesday against Boston, which will mark his first outing since March 9. Darvish's next test will come Sunday in a controlled minor league setting. Strop should open the year as the primary closer with Brandon Morrow (elbow) still out. He's a low-end closing option because of the fact that Morrow could get his job back when healthy. Darvish made just eight starts last year in his first in Chicago and hasn't gone over 200 innings since 2013 with Texas. He's an injury risk but if he stays healthy, he could outperform his current ADP.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Justin Upton (knee) and third baseman Zack Cozart (calf) will continue to get extra playing time over the next few days in camp so that they are ready for the season opener next Thursday against the A's. Manager Brad Ausmus thinks both players will avoid the injured list, but the team could ease them into regular season action. Upton's injury might cause his draft stock to fall slightly. If it does, scoop him up as a top-20 fantasy outfielder for his pop. Cozart is coming off a lost season in his first year in Anaheim and can be reserved for AL-only leagues.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (elbow) took part in his final spring workout on Friday and will head to Anaheim on Saturday to continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The Japanese two-way star threw 55 times on flat ground, including 35 throws from 50 feet, and he also took 10 swings off a tee, 10 swings on soft toss and 10 swings in batting practice in the cages. He won't pitch at all in 2019, but he's aiming to return as the DH in early May. Ohtani is expected to take batting practice on the field soon, and from there he'll move to live batting practice, simulated games and then a minor league rehab assignment. Despite getting a late start to the year, Ohtani is worth stashing late in mixed leagues for his blend of power and speed as a hitter.
Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo (groin) homered, grounded out and walked twice as the designated hitter in a Triple-A game on Friday after being sidelined since March 14 with a strained right groin. The left-handed slugger said he was pain-free and ran at about 80 percent. Gallo will continue to receive at-bats in minor league games with the goal of playing on Monday against the Indians in Texas. As long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Gallo should be good for Opening Day next Thursday. He has elite power but will kill your team batting average.
Minnesota Twins 3B Miguel Sano (heel) is no longer wearing a walking boot and is expected to begin rehab Saturday, March 23.
Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun was disappointed to learn he was optioned to Triple-A Nashville and has yet to report to the team. A player has 72 hours to report to a team, according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Calhoun still has a lot of potential at the major league level, but he's going to have to bide his time. He hit just .222 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 35 games for Texas in 2018. The Rangers don't have a ton of outfield depth in the majors, so Calhoun should get a call up at some point. He's mainly a stash option in AL-only leagues for now.
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