This league was disbanded because it was not full prior to the scheduled draft time.
I have a request, due to current circumstances amid the Covid 19 situation, as a postal worker, there is a strong probability that I will not be able to make the draft time on the 24th....if it is possible, request that the draft be moved back I hour to 9PM EST / 6PM PST....I live in California and changing the time would be much appreciated at this time.
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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San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers may once again be a viable fantasy asset. With outfielder Tommy Pham (coronavirus) sidelined indefinitely, Myers is the frontrunner to start in right field. The 29-year-old has maintained a positive outlook despite a tumultuous offseason of trade rumors while entering spring training as a rotational option. With Phams injury and Myers ability to also play first base and serve as designated hitter, the veteran suddenly has a roadmap to reclaim his offensive luster. After consecutive seasons of 20-plus homers and steals in 2016-17, Myers succumbed to injuries in 2018 and collapsed with a 96 wRC+ last year lowlighted by a 34 percent strikeout rate. At his 282 ADP, Myers is emerging as a low-cost fantasy option to revisit.
San Diego Padres outfielder Trent Grisham has shined in summer camp and is a near-lock to be the starting center fielder. The 23-year-old joined the Friars via trade with starter Zach Davies in the offseason after debuting in 2019. Grisham comes with a power/speed pedigree and strong plate discipline. He registered a respectable .738 OPS in 183 big league plate appearances with 14 extra-base hits including six homers. With outfielder Tommy Pham (coronavirus) out indefinitely, Grisham should have a longer leash to get acclimated. Likely batting in the lower-third of the lineup, Grisham justifiably falls outside the top 300 in fantasy but has the potential to earn waiver bids if he plays well.
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Jon Duplantier (elbow) "slowly initiated a throwing program" as he works his way back from elbow issues that popped up in April, according to manager Torey Lovullo. The skipper said it's safe to assume that Duplantier will not be ready in time for Opening Day on July 24. The right-hander had a 4.42 ERA in 36 2/3 innings as a rookie in 2019 and has a history of arm issues dating back to his college days at Rice. The 26-year-old likely would've started the year in the minor leagues if COVID-19 hadn't happened, but now he's likely to start on the injured list and might not see much major league action in the 60-game season. Duplantier is a dynasty league stash and not a redraft option.
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said on Thursday that first base/outfield prospect Seth Beer, who was announced as a positive for COVID-19 just two days ago, has been cleared to return to summer camp at Salt River Fields. It's unclear when Beer tested positive for the virus. Beer is the team's No. 12 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, but he's not expected to make his major league debut at any point during the 2020 season. The 23-year-old lefty swinger has the power and hitting ability for the first base position in the big leagues, but he'll need to clean up his defense at first and in the outfield in order to stick as a full-time starter. He's definitely on the radar in dynasty/keeper leagues.
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said he was unable to update the status of outfielder Starling Marte on Thursday after he was missing from summer camp for a third straight day. Arizona announced on Wednesday that they have a new positive COVID-19 test on Wednesday, but they didn't identify the player. There's a chance it's Marte. If he has tested positive, he'll need two negative tests to rejoin his teammates at workouts. Marte had career highs in homers, runs scored, RBI and slugging percentage before being traded by the Pirates, and now he's in an even more fantasy friendly environment in the desert. He might slightly more of a risk if he doesn't return to camp soon, but the 31-year-old should still be considered a top-10 outfielder right now.
San Diego Padres reliever Drew Pomeranz (knee) is fine despite exiting last weekends game after planting awkwardly. The move was precautionary and hell make his next scheduled outing. The 31-year-old journeyman found new life as a left-handed specialist in 2019 and will work from the bullpen in his second stint with the Friars. After flopping as a starter last season, Pomeranz was excellent in relief with a 1.88 ERA and .504 OPS against in 28 2/3 innings. Hell have minimal value outside of holds leagues but could be functional in deeper formats if he maintains steady ratios.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (groin) is completely healed from March groin surgery and was also able to make some adjustments to his mechanics during the COVID-19 shutdown that have him feeling "fantastic." He threw three scoreless and hitless innings in an intrasquad game Thursday. The right-hander was 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA last year with a career-high 300 strikeouts in 223 innings while leading the majors in opponents' batting average (.172) and WHIP (0.80). He also threw his third no-hitter and won the American League Cy Young for the second time. Verlander is a beast and doesn't look to be slowing down at 37 years of age. He is now likely to start on Opening Day on July 24 against the Mariners and should once again be a fantasy ace, even though it wasn't looking that way several months ago.
San Diego Padres prospect pitchers Ryan Weathers and Joey Cantillo will likely be alternate-site starters once the season starts. The teams No. 9 and 10 prospects, respectively, had little shot of making the big league roster but will stay sharp while tuning up Padres hitters waiting for call-ups. Weathers, 20, posted a 3.84 ERA in 22 starts last season in Single-A with a diverse arsenal ideal for a mid-rotation starter. Cantillo impressed with a 2.26 ERA in 22 starts across Single and High-A in 2019 but faltered slightly at higher competition. The 20-year-old possesses strong control with upside if he harnesses his secondary pitches. For dynasty leagues, its positive Weathers and Cantillo earned spots in the player pool but theyre both likely years away from the majors.
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker is giving outfielder Josh Reddick the leg up in the right field competition over youngster Kyle Tucker. Baker intimated that Tucker will have to win the job from Reddick, who is in the fourth year of his contract. The future is probably Tuckers, but the now is probably Reddicks, Baker said. Tucker was much better in his 22 games last September than he was in his rookie season, and Reddick hit .275 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI last year while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense. The 33-year-old veteran will have to keep producing to keep his starting job. Reddick could benefit from the short season, but he's still mostly an asset for depth in AL-only leagues and he could lose his job in 2020.
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler announced on Thursday that outfielder Billy Hamilton and left-handed reliever Jarlin Garcia have been put on the 10-day injured list. The two players are on the injured list for "medical reasons" but wasn't more specific. It's likely that they've either tested positive for COVID-19 or have come in contact with someone who has. Hamilton figured to be in the mix for a starting gig in center field, but this could affect those plans. Garcia was claimed off waivers in February from Miami and had a 3.02 ERA in 53 games. Mauricio Dubon, Jaylin Davis, Mike Yastrezemski and Steven Duggar have taken reps in center with Hamilton absent. Hamilton, 29, is strictly valuable for his stolen base prowess if sees enough playing time in 2020. Before 2018, he had four straight seasons of 50-plus swipes with the Reds.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was absent on Thursday for a second straight day and missed a practice for the third time since summer workouts started at Oracle Park. Manager Gabe Kapler said Posey is dealing with a personal matter away from the field and is still weighing the option of sitting out of the season amid concerns over the coronavirus. San Fran has five other catchers in camp, including Rob Brantly and Tyler Heineman, who are considered Posey's primary backups. Top prospect Joey Bart could also be next in line for playing time if Posey chooses to sit out. The 33-year-old Posey has seen his production decline for several seasons, and now there's the chance that he might not even play. Posey has become a low-end backstop in deep mixed leagues and a No. 2 catcher in two-catcher formats.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) sat out of the team's intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday, missing the last two days of workouts with lower back tightness. I spoke to him yesterday and he felt much better, manager David Ross said, so hes moving the right direction. Rizzo remains day-to-day and typically deals with some lower back issues early in the season, so the Cubs are saying it's not a concern. The 30-year-old left-handed hitter remains a very solid investment in the fourth or fifth rounds of fantasy drafts, but you also don't like to see recurring back issues for a player that has seen his power dip over the last several seasons.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez doesn't regret declining the team's offer during negotiations on a long-term extension over the winter, and he's in no "rush" to resume talks in the uncertain climate of the COVID-19 pandemic. Baez will be eligible for free agency after the 2021 season, and he said that talks were "progressing" in March before baseball was shut down. The superstar shortstop has a 2020 salary of $10 million (prorated) and was the primary focus of the front office for much of the winter. Baez, the MVP runner-up in 2018, has been an All-Star the last two years and hit .281/.316/.531 with 29 home runs, 85 RBI, 89 runs and 11 stolen bases in 2019. The 27-year-old has some big names ahead of him at a loaded fantasy position, but he'll still come off the board in the third or fourth rounds of drafts and is a perfectly fine consolation prize behind the likes of Francisco Lindor, Trea Turner and Trevor Story.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish (finger) had a brief mound visit during his intrasquad outing on Thursday due to a minor fingernail issue on his right index finger. It's not a concern, though, as the right-hander stayed in the contest and faced six more batters after the mound visit. There's nothing to worry about here if you already own the Japanese pitcher. The 33-year-old was pretty dominant to close out his first full season with the Cubbies, and he finished with a 3.98 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 229 K's and 56 walks in 31 starts, although he did allow 33 home runs. The four-time All-Star had an electric 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings and can be a fantasy ace if he can stay healthy for the entire season, which should be easier in a 60-game schedule.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Caleb Smith (neck) said he was dealing with a stiff neck since Thursday morning. The neck issue affected his command a bit on Thursday, but the left-hander feels healthy otherwise. It doesn't sound like an injury that should linger. Smith can be dominant at times, but he really struggled in the second half of 2019 with the Fish and finished with a 4.52 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 168 strikeouts in 28 starts over 153 1/3 innings. The soon-to-be 29-year-old is worth a late-round pick to help bolster the depth of your fantasy pitching staff, but you obviously won't be chasing wins here. Smith had a 4.19 ERA in 16 starts in 2018 and has a nice 9.9 career K/9 in his three big league seasons.
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jose Iglesias' back is "feeling a lot better today," according to manager Brandon Hyde. The skipper said that Iglesias would work out on Thursday and could play in the intrasquad game in the evening. The O's are just being cautious here with their everyday shortstop, so Iglesias should be ready for Opening Day. The 30-year-old infielder from Cuba had a solid season in Cincinnati in 2019, hitting .288/.318/.407 with 11 home runs, 59 RBI, 62 runs and six stolen bases. The double-digit homer season was the first of his eight-year career, though, and you definitely aren't relying on Iglesias for power as a middle infielder in deep mixed and AL-only formats.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi allowed just one hit while walking one and fanning four in four scoreless innings during an intrasquad game on Thursday. He threw 34 of his 58 pitches for strikes and hit one batter in the tune-up for the regular season. The hard-throwing right-hander also looked impressive last weekend during a simulated game in summer camp. He should be the team's Opening Day starter on July 24 with Chris Sale (elbow) out for the entire season and Eduardo Rodriguez still away from the team after testing positive for COVID-19. The 30-year-old is worth grabbing to round out your pitching depth in deep mixed leagues for his strikeout upside.
Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto is no closer to a contract extension than he was in March. The All-Star catcher was negotiating a contract extension during Spring Training, but those talks have reportedly stalled. Realmuto said he isn't concerned about not having an extension yet and understands it's the business which sounds like the team is still interested in retaining his services. For what it's worth, teammate Bryce Harper is rooting for an extension, famously echoing "sign him" through an empty stadium after Realmuto homered in an intrasquad game. Realmuto didn't have the breakout many predicted last year, but should still be a top-two catcher off the board in fantasy drafts.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Corey Kluber allowed only two hits and an earned run on a solo home run while walking none and striking out nine in six innings pitched in Thursday's intrasquad game. The right-hander threw 53 strikes out of 80 pitches and recorded more than three outs in the fourth and sixth innings to reach his pitch count. The 34-year-old looks like he's ready for a full workload to begin the regular season. He made only seven starts in 2019 with the Indians due to a broken forearm and was dealt to Texas in the offseason. Kluber isn't as bad as he was in 2019 before his injury (5.80 ERA, 1.65) WHIP but he also may no longer be a perennial Cy Young contender. At his current 93 ADP, though, he has some real bounce-back appeal as a low-end SP2.
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that both outfielder Joey Gallo and pitcher Brett Martin are feeling good and are essentially asymptomatic of COVID-19. However, neither player has been cleared to return to the field and must return two negative tests in order to do so. It was reported that Gallo tested negative at a private lab in Dallas on Tuesday, but he'll need to do so again to return to summer camp workouts. It sounds as though both players could be good to go soon, though, which is good news for those targeting Gallo as an elite power hitter. Gallo only played in 70 games in 2019 and still managed 22 home runs, 54 runs scored and 49 RBI.
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