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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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Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger has yet to resume any baseball activities while recovering from a second core surgery and a back procedure. The Mariners have told Haniger to "not push it" and to focus on getting healthy. Haniger was already very likely to miss the beginning of the 2020 season, but this news raises concerns of him playing at all in the shortened season. At this time, fantasy owners shouldn't make Haniger a priority on draft day as the Mariners will have no reason to rush him back due to their surplus of talented outfielders. The Mariners look to have Mallex Smith, Kyle Lewis and Jake Fraley to open up the 2020 season in the outfield with top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez waiting in the wing.
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Jose Castillo (lat) left the Tuesday night intrasquad with a lat injury, according to manager Jayce Tingler. The Padres are awaiting results from some tests, but they think Castillo is dealing with a lat strain, which would almost certainly cause him to miss the beginning of the regular season. The 24-year-old southpaw from Venezuela only saw two-thirds of an inning in the big leagues in 2019, but he was solid with a 3.29 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 38 1/3 relief innings over 37 appearances in his first year in the majors in 2018. Castillo will strictly be a middle reliever for the Friars if he pitches at all in 2020.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (head) continues to exercise as he recovers from a concussion. The Yankees are taking a cautious approach in Tanakas recovery, but the 31-year-old appears to have been progressing well and should be ready for the start of the season or close to it. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor Tanakas progress in case of setbacks but expect him to be healthy for the vast majority, if not all of the season.
San Diego Padres infield prospect Jorge Mateo tested positive for COVID-19, according to manager Jayce Tingler. Mateo has had some loss of smell and test but is starting to feel a little better. He'll require two negative tests within 24 hours in order to join the team's workouts. The A's traded Mateo to the Padres last week and is their No. 12 prospect, per MLB Pipeline. The 25-year-old has fallen a bit in the prospect ranks, but he did hit .289/.330/.504 with 19 home runs, 78 RBI, 95 runs and 24 stolen bases in 566 plate appearances at Triple-A last season. There's lots of raw potential here, but Mateo has been very inconsistent at the minor league level. With Fernando Tatis Jr. locked in at the 6, Mateo's only path to playing time would appear to be at second base, but he might be unlikely to be ready for Opening Day now. Don't give up on him yet in dynasty leagues, and he's worth a flier in NL-only affairs for his speed.
New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier (foot) has been dealing with plantar fasciitis over the past few months. Manager Aaron Boone expects Frazier to play through the injury, and the outfielder is already able to run and play defense at least. Frazier is unlikely to be much of a fantasy asset regardless of his health though, as playing time in the Yankee outfield will likely be tough to come by.
The Baltimore Orioles announced Wednesday that first baseman Ryan Mountcastle and outfielder Mason Williams have been added to the team's player pool, bringing their total to 47 players. Manager Brandon Hyde said they would both be reassigned to secondary camp once it opens. Mountcastle is the only fantasy-relevant player in this news, being one of the team's top prospects. He holds value in dynasty leagues at this time.
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jose Iglesias sat out of Wednesday's intrasquad game due to soreness in his back. He also missed Tuesday's workout. Manager Brandon Hyde said this was a precautionary move and is hoping that Iglesias will be available on Thursday. The veteran should serve as the O's everyday shortstop this season and had a solid, if unexciting 2019 season, posting a .288/.318/.407 slash line with 11 home runs, 59 RBI and six steals over 530 plate appearances with the Reds. His fantasy upside is not all that high, but he would be a nice option to fill a roster spot if injuries should arise for a fantasy roster.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Julio Teheran is waiting on his COVID-19 test results before he can return to the team. Teheran has told the team that members of his family have experienced symptoms but is hoping to rejoin the team by the weekend. All other signs point to the right-hander being healthy and ready to roll once the test clears him to play. Teheran was brought on during the offseason to help shore up the Angels biggest weakness heading into the season; the starting rotation.
The Chicago Cubs have added infielder Hernan Perez to their player pool. Perez was signed to a minor league deal this offseason after struggling last season with the Milwaukee Brewers. Perez adds versatility to the Cubs and will compete for one of their final bench spots. For now, Perez can be left on the waiver wire in all formats.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) remained sidelined on Wednesday. Manager David Ross said that the club is approaching Rizzos back with caution and he is day-to-day. Rizzo has dealt with back issues over the last couple of seasons, but for now it should not remain a big issue. Rizzo remains one of the more consistent options at first base.
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar is taking ground balls and throws at first base as he attempts to increase his defensive versatility. Andujar attempted defense at first base early in spring training, but the Yankees decided not to pursue that position for him at the time. With third base and left field clogging up, though, the Yankees are retrying Andujar at first base to get him in the lineup. Unfortunately for Andujar, first base is fairly crowded as well, with Luke Voit and Mike Ford already at the position. Andujars lack of clear playing time makes him likely to be only relevant in DFS leagues this year despite his impressive bat that produced a .855 OPS in 2018.
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was unable to participate in the team's workout on Wednesday because his COVID-19 test results were delayed. The situation is being described as a "snafu" and team sources have declared that Bregman is "fine." But this is the second such test that has delayed an Astros player from joining the team in the past few days, something that should concern MLB in regards to the efficiency of their testing process. The runner-up to the 2019 MVP is integral to the Astros success during this season's 60-game sprint. He should be able to join the team in workouts by the end of the week.
Texas Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman is working out with the team on Wednesday. It looks like Guzman's recent absence at summer camp was just the result of delayed testing results. In his two big league seasons with the Rangers, Guzman has hit a weak .229/.307/.415 with 26 home runs and 94 RBI in 643 at-bats over 210 games played. He hit just .219 last year with 10 long balls and 36 RBI in 87 games. The left-handed hitter should split time at first base with Greg Bird in 2020 and will be nothing more than corner infield depth in AL-only leagues.
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt said he is trying to build his arm strength up to be a starter, but is still behind other starting pitchers. Bassitt said he threw during quarantine but did not have access to a training facility nor simulated games. Despite being a step behind, Bassitt said he should be able to build up to throwing five or six innings by the start of the season. With fellow starter Jesus Luzardo on the COVID-19 Injured List, there is opportunity for Bassitt to seize a rotation spot. Despite the opportunity, he is a long shot to make an impact in standard-size fantasy leagues. His 3.81 ERA last season was not supported by his 4.61 xFIP and his 20 percent career strikeout rate is well below average.
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that starting pitcher Tyler Mahle will be set up as a piggyback or long-relief option in the back end of the starting rotation. Pitchers Sonny Gray, Luis Castillo, Trevor Bauer, Wade Miley and Anthony DeSclafani make up the five-man rotation, so Mahle will begin the 2020 season as the odd man out for now. The 25-year-old right-hander had a 5.14 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 9.0 K/9 in 25 starts (129 2/3 innings) for the Reds last year. He wasn't much better in 23 starts in 2018, posting a 4.98 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 112 frames. Mahle only has minimal DFS and NL-only value if he's making starts at some point, but even then there are likely better options to choose from.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Delino DeShields received a negative COVID-19 test, so he will be traveling to Cleveland on Wednesday. DeShields will be tested again upon his arrival and needs another negative test within 24 hours in order to join the team at summer camp. The 27-year-old could be cleared to begin practicing with the team later this week. Projected to be the Tribe's fourth outfielder in 2020, DeShields offers some attractive speed late in drafts in deep mixed and AL-only leagues. The former Texas Ranger totaled 106 stolen bases and 288 runs scored in his five seasons with the Rangers from 2015 to 2019.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes has been cleared to return to Progressive Field on Wednesday for batting practice. Reyes was held out of workouts the last two days after attending a July 4 party over the weekend where people weren't wearing masks. The team required Reyes self-isolate as a result, and he has since tested negative for COVID-19. The 25-year-old Dominican had 37 total home runs in 150 games with the Padres and Indians in 2019 while slashing .249/.310/.512. He can be streaky and won't be of much help in the average department, but the power is very real and he might be even more attractive to owners chasing power during the shortened 60-game season.
Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy (foot) was back on the field for the full morning workout on Tuesday after he sat out on Monday with a bruised left foot from a ball that he fouled off himself on Sunday. Murphy should be just fine and should see the majority of starts behind the plate this year after hitting 18 home runs with a 126 wRC+ in 281 plate appearances in 2019. There's a lot of swing and miss to his game, though, so he's unlikely to help fantasy owners out in any categories other than power and RBI. But Murphy should make for a solid power option in two-catcher leagues now that Omar Narvaez is playing in Milwaukee.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brandon Marsh was placed on the 10-day injured list. Details are unknown but typically teams have been very protective of players that have tested positive for COVID-19 or are still in the quarantine period. The 2016 second-round pick had been praised as a prospect coming into spring training even though he was not expected to make a major league impact in 2020. But with the shortened season Marsh has been added to the roster and could be in line to contribute. Marsh was dealing with a shoulder injury in spring training but the team, per MLB rules, does not have to disclose his injury at this time.
Miami Marlins outfielder/infielder Jonathan Villar is "bracing" to play multiple positions this season, according to Marlins writer Joe Frisaro. Villar has been working in centerfield, shortstop, and second base so far in summer camp, and the Marlins are also considering using him as designated hitter for some games. Villar may not end up with a consistent position, but he's certain to get consistent playing time near or at the top of the batting order. He should be a consistent producer in all categories and positional versatility will only make him more valuable as a fantasy asset.
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