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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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Chicago Cubs manager David Ross has raved about catcher Victor Caratini since spring training because of his ability to hit from both sides of the plate. With a universal designated hitter in play in 2020, it's another avenue for Caratini to get more at-bats. "He's always been a very calm, controlled hitter," Ross said. "You can really rely on a quality AB when he gets in the box. So that's great to have as a manager. As far as the DH is concerned, we have a ton of options and we're going to continue to see how that develops and what that looks like. I definitely think you'll see Vic in some capacity." Unless Caratini is Chicago's regular DH, which is unlikely, he'll mainly just be Willson Contreras' backup, which limits his fantasy value to deep two-catcher leagues and NL-only formats.
Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel went unsigned as a free agent until June 7 last year and didn't make his debut until June 27. The hard-throwing reliever had a 1.91 ERA over 542 games in his nine seasons, but he put up a 6.53 ERA in a 23-game showing that also featured injuries. Kimbrel allowed a career-high nine home runs in just 20 2/3 frames and also gave up a career-high 9.1 hits per nine innings. Manager David Ross reported that Kimbrel "looked really good" in his bullpen session on Sunday. Kimbrel allowed a leadoff single and a two-run homer in an intrasquad Tuesday night. The once-dominant closer will now face a shortened season for the second straight year, and it's fair to wonder if he's still a high-end ninth-inning arm. Take him as a low-end No. 1 closer and hope for a rebound.
The Kansas City Royals announced on Tuesday that starting pitcher Brad Keller and first baseman Ryan O'Hearn tested positive for COVID-19. Keller said he has experienced mild symptoms, while O'Hearn is asymptomatic. Both players will need to return two negative tests within 24 hours in order to join the team's summer camp. Keller will now be a question mark near the top of KC's starting rotation to begin the season. The 24-year-old right-hander already wasn't very attractive due to a low strikeout rate in standard-sized fantasy leagues. O'Hearn was set to compete for the job at first base with Ryan McBroom, but he might not be ready for the start of the season. After posting a .195/.281/.369 slash line in 370 plate appearances in 2019, the 26-year-old is off the mixed league radar.
Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday via a nasal swab at a private lab in Dallas. Gallo must test negative again within 24 hours in order to be cleared to return to the field. The left-handed slugger has had two negatives on nasal swabs, but he also had a positive saliva test by MLB in between. It sounds like Gallos is getting close to returning to summer camp, but stay tuned. If he's back soon, the 26-year-old will be an even more popular pick to lead baseball in home runs during the 60-game season. He possesses elite power from the left side but probably won't be a huge asset in batting average. Gallo is a top-25 outfielder with an ADP of 72.0 right now.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Lance Lynn allowed two hits and no walks while striking out eight in six scoreless innings in an intrasquad game on Tuesday. Lynn threw 83 pitches in the outing and should be ready to go as the team's Opening Day starter at home against the Rockies on July 24. The 33-year-old right-hander had a career year in 2019 in his first year in Texas, striking out 246 hitters in 208 1/3 innings. We don't think he'll ever be as good as his All-Star season in 2012 with the Cardinals, but Lynn is a solid innings-eater as your No. 3 fantasy starter. He struck out 10.6 hitters per nine innings last year (a career high) and also had 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 54 1/3 innings with the Yankees in 2018.
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman/outfielder Seth Beer, the team's No. 12 prospect per MLB Pipeline, tested positive for COVID-19 after intake testing was completed. Beer is unlikely to be a realistic option for the D-Backs in 2020, but he was a beast of a hitter at Clemson and became a first-round pick of the Astros in 2018. He was sent to Arizona in the Zack Greinke trade last year. The left-handed slugger hit a combined .289/.388/.516 with 26 home runs and 103 RBI between High-A Fayetteville, Double-A Jackson and Double-A Corpus Christi in 122 minor league games last year. Power is Beer's biggest tool, but there is some swing and miss to his game. He's one to monitor in dynasty/keeper leagues, but he can be avoided in redraft leagues in 2020.
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa is no longer experiencing coronavirus symptoms after testing positive on Saturday. Cessa has been self-isolating and will likely be ready for the start of the season given that hes now symptom-free. Cessa is likely to be used mostly as a long reliever this year after not starting any games last season, and the 23-year-old will likely post an ERA of around 4.70 with pedestrian strikeout numbers.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (head) is reportedly progressing well as he continues to recover from the concussion he suffered on Saturday. Manager Aaron Boone characterized Tanakas chances of being ready for the start of the season as uncertain, but it seems as though Tanaka is unlikely to miss multiple starts due to his concussion. Fantasy owners should be cautiously optimistic about Tanakas health and expect the 31-year-old to be ready within the first week of the season.
New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka (neck) was scratched from Tuesdays intrasquad game with neck soreness. The Yankees are likely just being cautious with Higashioka, and the extent of his neck issues should be clarified in the coming days. Higashioka is expected to back up Gary Sanchez this season, giving him the possibility of semi-consistent playing time considering that Sanchez has played in a combined 195 games over the past two seasons. Even so, Higashioka is unlikely to be fantasy relevant in most leagues as hes never been a particularly productive hitter. If Higashioka is forced to miss time, then Chris Iannetta is likely to act as Sanchezs primary backup.
New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier (foot) has been dealing with a foot issue over the past few months, according to manager Aaron Boone. Frazier has reportedly been able to run and play defense despite the issue, so it seems unlikely that his foot will keep him from playing time this season. The odd man out in a crowded Yankee outfield, Frazier will have to battle Mike Tauchman, Brett Gardner, and Miguel Andujar for playing time (along with Giancarlo Stanton when hes not DHing), making him unlikely to produce much fantasy value. That being said, Frazier has the chance to be a solid fantasy option with an OPS around .800 if hes traded, so he should remain on the radar of fantasy owners.
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound for Opening Day against the San Francisco Giants to kick off the 2020 season. It will be Kershaw's ninth Opening Day start in the past 10 years. The veteran left-hander is already close to being fully stretched out, meaning he will be able to go deeper into games when the real season begins. Kershaw looks like a top-15 pitching option in 2020 with several other elite arms dealing with injuries.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy did not take part in Monday's intrasquad game after getting hit on his finger on Sunday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expects Muncy to be fine going forward. That is welcomed news for fantasy owners, as Muncy has turned into one of the league's most consistent hitters. He slashed .251/.374/.515 with 35 home runs, 98 RBI, and 101 runs scored in 2019. Expect the 29-year-old slugger to thrive again batting in the heart of the Dodgers order in 2020.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. can potentially join the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Mike Trout, and Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players in MLB history to hit 80 home runs and steal 70 bases by the age of 22. Even in the shortened 2020 campaign, Acuna only needs 13 HRs and 17 SB to reach the hallowed mark. The Venezuelan phenom is one of the brightest young talents in all of baseball and remains one of the top fantasy assets for the 2020 season.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer has been vocal about his desire to pitch every four days during the shortened 60-game season if the team goes with a four-man starting rotation. Pitching coach Derek Johnson said last weekend that that option was "100 percent on the table." "I'm really happy where I'm at, ready to go five or six [innings] right now," Bauer said. The 29-year-old righty said he has prepared his body for a shorter season this year, and manager David Bell said that Bauer is "right on track" and "looked completely prepared" during a live batting practice session on Monday. Throwing more would help Bauer's fantasy cause in the short season, but don't forget that he was 2-5 with a 6.39 ERA in 10 starts for Cincy after the trade from Cleveland in 2019. The strikeouts are nice (career 9.5 K/9), but at what cost as a SP2?
San Diego Padres prospect outfielder Edward Olivares has carried his impressive spring training into the start of summer camp. The Friars No. 20 prospect took a leap at Double-A in 2019, registering a 123 wRC+, 18 dingers and 35 steals. A longshot to crack the roster, Olivares will attempt to carve out a role with his power-speed combination and plus defense. The 24-year-old will be pitted against unproven outfielders Franchy Cordero, Josh Naylor and prospect Taylor Trammell for playing time. With an unorthodox season ahead, Olivares could earn a big league chance if he shines in camp or his competitors falter. Hes not a fantasy option as a part-time player, but his rising stock makes a dent in the viability of Cordero or Naylor.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos has made it clear that he doesn't want to serve as the team's designated hitter with the universal DH in play in the National League this year. The Reds have five players -- Castellanos, Shogo Akiyama, Nick Senzel, Jesse Winker and Phillip Ervin -- for three outfield spots and the DH in 2020. Castellanos has never been used as a DH despite playing the majority of his games in the American League. But he's also not known as a great defender in right field. The 28-year-old hit .289 with 58 doubles, 27 home runs, 73 RBI and 100 runs in 151 games with the Tigers and Cubs last year. He will play on a daily basis and should see a fantasy boost given his hitter-friendly home ballpark. Expect Winker to be Cincy's primary DH this year.
The New York Mets added pitchers Thomas Szapucki, Franklyn Kilome, Jordan Humphreys and Stephen Gonsalves to their 60-player pool on Tuesday, according to a source. Per MLB Pipeline, Szapucki is the team's No. 7 prospect, while Kilome comes in at No. 12 and Humphreys at No. 14. Szapucki, a left-hander, returned from Tommy John in 2019 and had a nice 2.63 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 10.5 K/9 in 61 2/3 innings for Single-A Columbia, High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. At the very least, the southpaw could find a bullpen role with the Mets down the line. If he can stay healthy, though, Szapucki has a chance to remain a starter at the major league level. It's unlikely that any of the four players added will see any time in the big leagues in 2020.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Francisco Liriano will report to summer camp on Wednesday, according to a source with direct knowledge. Liriano has been absent from camp the last two days and has been evaluating whether he wants to play this season amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 36-year-old veteran left-hander could still change his mind later, but for now he will report to camp. Liriano had a 3.47 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and an 8.1 K/9 in 70 relief innings for the Pirates last year. He has 300 career starts in his 14-year career, but he's most likely to serve in a relief role if he makes the club's Opening Day roster. You can ignore Liriano in all fantasy leagues for the time being.
Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Scott Kingery was among the seven Phillies to test positive for COVID-19. Relief pitcher Tommy Hunter, outfielder Mikie Mahtook and coaches Rob Thomson, Jim Gott, and Greg Brodzinski also tested positive. Kingery said he had the virus in mid-June and experienced severe symptoms including migraines, shortness of breath, fatigue, chills, and loss of sense of taste. Those infected have not been with the team and must self-isolate and produce two negative tests before being allowed to report to Summer Camp. Kingery said he already tested negative once and is working on ramping up physical activity. If he can be ready for Opening Day his multi-position eligibility would make him an attractive fantasy asset at pick number 181 on average.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Steven Brault said the team has discussed the possibility of having him piggy-back Chad Kuhl's starts this year. Brault was pretty good for most of last season in 25 appearances (19 starts) for the Bucs, but a poor September left him with a 5.16 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 100 strikeouts and 53 walks in 113 1/3 innings. Because the 28-year-old left-hander will pitch in more of a swing role this year with Chris Archer out for the season, Brault won't have much fantasy relevance in fantasy leagues. He also dealt with a shoulder strain this spring, so Pittsburgh will be sure not to overwork him early on. Kuhl didn't pitch at all in 2019 after having Tommy John surgery, and he, too, won't be much of an option for fantasy owners in the shortened season.
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