This league was disbanded because it was not full prior to the scheduled draft 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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Seattle Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic has been a bright spot for the Mariners in their summer camp so far. The No. 11 overall prospect has been receiving praise from Mariners manager Scott Servais and General Manager Jerry Dipoto, though they acknowledge that Kelenic will likely not be an impact player in 2020. "You have to remind yourself hes still 20 years old and has yet to pile up 100 plate appearances above A-ball" Dipoto said. Though Kelenic is unlikely to be a difference maker this season, he is definitely a player to watch in coming seasons, especially in dynasty leagues. Kelenic hit 23 home runs and stole 20 bases in 500 plate appearances in the minor leagues in 2019 and could be a future fixture in the Seattle outfield.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Matt Kemp thinks he can still be one of the better hitters in the big leagues despite signing a minor league contract. Kemp has enjoyed hitting at Coors Field in his career with a .327 batting average, 21 home runs and a 1.005 OPS in 86 games. He hit a cycle there in August of 2015 with the Padres. The 35-year-old three-time All-Star hit just .200 in 20 games with the Reds in 2019, but he was dealing with a rib injury. I still got a lot left in me, a lot left in the tank, Kemp said. There are no guarantees for Kemp in Colorado, but it's certainly not a bad landing spot and it helps that there will be a universal designated hitter and Ian Desmond won't play in 2020. If he carves out a role in the shortened season, he could be worth a flier in deep mixed and NL-only leagues.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Ryan Yarbrough made an impression in Wednesday's simulated game as he works to earn a permanent spot in the starting rotation. The left-hander faced Willy Adames, Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi and Mike Zunino and looked sharp, striking out three and giving up just one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Yarbrough has 27 wins in 66 appearances in his first two full seasons, but it's his versatility that stands out. The southpaw made 14 relief outings in 2019 as the "bulk guy" out of the bullpen and another 14 starts. Yarbrough doesn't throw gas or miss a ton of bats, but his ability to keep hitters off balance is what makes him valuable. There's a chance he could start the year in the rotation, but he's also likely to be used as a bulk guy at times as well. Yarbrough won't have a ton of upside in the shortened season, but he'll give owners added flexibility with as a starter or reliever.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence (foot) took batting practice on Wednesday but wasn't able to run the bases or play the outfield as a precautionary measure because of minor pain in his foot, according to manager Gabe Kapler. Catcher Buster Posey missed another practice Wednesday because of a personal issue that kept him away from a workout last Friday. Pence surprised by hitting .297 with 18 home runs in 83 games for the Rangers in 2019, but the 37-year-old is an injury risk for fantasy owners as outfield depth. The universal designated hitter should help his cause for more at-bats, just don't expect a repeat of 2019, especially in a more pitcher-friendly park and in a weak lineup. Posey's absence doesn't appear to be COVID-19-related, so he should be fine for Opening Day.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (foot) has been in a walking boot as he nurses a sore right heel that will keep him out of action for at least a week. Manager Gabe Kapler said Belt will be re-evaluated in five to seven days, but he's not ready to put Belt's availability for Opening Night against the Dodgers on July 23 in doubt. Belt has dealt with heel pain before and managed to play in 156 games last year following two injury plagued seasons. He hit just .234 with 17 home runs and 57 RBI, and his average is not likely to be an asset like it was earlier in his career. Belt's injury with limited time before Opening Day won't increase his attractiveness to fantasy managers as a low-ceiling corner infielder in deep mixed leagues.
Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny said that third baseman Hunter Dozier (hand) suffered a right hand bruise after being hit by a pitch by pitching prospect Brady Singer during an intrasquad game on Wednesday. Outfield prospect Nick Heath suffered from a full-body cramp, but both players are expected to be fine. Dozier is the fantasy name here. The 28-year-old late-bloomer had a career year in 2019, slashing .279/.348/.522 with 26 home runs, 84 RBI and 75 runs scored in 139 games. If he can remain on the field, Dozier could build on his numbers. He won't be a sexy third base option, but outfield eligibility makes him more attractive. Dozier fits best as a corner infield option in mixed fantasy formats.
The St. Louis Cardinals added top prospects Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore to their organizational roster on Wednesday. Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn, the team's top two picks in last month's draft, and outfielder Tre Fletcher, were three of the 12 players the team added. These younger prospects were added to the team's second summer camp site. Winn will get a chance to play shortstop and pitch, and most of these prospects were added strictly for development purposes in the shortened 2020 season. Others added to the roster on Wednesday include right Nabil Crismatt, infielder Evan Mendoza, third baseman Malcom Nunez, right-hander Roel Ramirez, catcher Julio Rodriguez and righties Angel Rondon and Alvaro Seijas.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Billy Hamilton and pitcher Jarlin Garcia have been missing from the team's early summer camp workouts, and manager Gabe Kapler declined to shed more light on their status. It likely means they are absent for COVID-19-related issues. If they've tested positive, they'll need to return two negative tests within 24 hours to be cleared for workouts at the stadium. Hamilton is trying to win playing time in a Giants outfield that isn't all that strong. But reporting late won't help the speed-first fantasy asset's chances. There's no guarantees here with Hamilton, however, which makes him strictly a stolen base commodity in deep fantasy leagues if he makes the roster and carves out enough playing time.
The Chicago Cubs released relief pitcher Brandon Morrow on Wednesday, according to sources. The Cubs didn't expect Morrow to be in the mix for a spot on the roster this season before summer camp commenced. Morrow signed a two-year deal with the team before the 2018 season, but his time with Chicago was filled with injuries. He pitched in 30 games in 2018 with a 1.47 ERA and 22 saves, but injuries cut his season short. Elbow problems then forced him to miss the start of last year, and he was later ruled out for the year in August. Morrow didn't pitch earlier this spring. The right-hander could latch on with another team if he's healthy, but he's running out of chances.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Rony Garcia, a 22-year-old right-handed Rule 5 pick from the Yankees, could be making a case for the Opening Day roster. Garcia struck out three batters in 2 1/3 innings in Wednesday's intrasquad game and only allowed one well-struck ball to Miguel Cabrera. "Garcia threw the living fire out of the ball," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "The ball was jumping. Hitters said it was jumping." The Dominican native had a 4.01 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 129 strikeouts and 45 walks in 25 games (24 starts) over 130 1/3 innings with High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2019 in the Yankees organization. There's opportunity with Detroit, but Garcia is merely just a name to watch right now.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (elbow) looked good on Wednesday during a brief, two-inning, 25-pitch outing in the team's intrasquad game. It was an important milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last March, and he will look to prove to the Tigers that he belongs in the Opening Day rotation over the next couple of weeks. The 27-year-old right-hander was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2016 and was an All-Star in 2017, but he was disappointing with a 4.69 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 7.5 K/9 in 24 starts in 2018. Fulmer has never been one to miss bats, with a 7.0 K/9 in 456 innings over three years, and fantasy owners will want to see him rebound before they invest in him. Detroit is likely to play it safe with him in 2020, too, which will make it even more difficult for him to achieve any fantasy interest.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Frank Schwindel and outfielder JaCoby Jones each hit a home run in Wednesday's scrimmage. Schwindel displayed flashes of power during spring training, including a two-homer game against the Boston Red Sox. With Miguel Cabrera and C.J. Cron on the roster, there is currently no clear path to playing time for Schwindel. In 2019, Jones batted .235 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI. He is only worth being rostered in deep AL-only leagues.
Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon said that starting pitcher Julio Teheran will likely need some time to build up and might not be ready for the start of the regular season, even if he reports to camp by this weekend. Teheran is awaiting his test results for COVID-19 and is hopeful of rejoining the team this weekend. The 29-year-old right-hander was maybe a flier to round out your pitching depth in mixed leagues, but now he might not even be worth owning in most leagues. Teheran could also be limited in how many starts he sees if the Halos go with a six-man rotation. Other pitchers that could steal innings from him include Matt Andriese, Felix Pena, Patrick Sandoval, Jose Suarez and Dillon Peters.
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that relief pitcher Junior Guerra has arrived to work out with the team at Chase Field on Wednesday. Guerra tested positive for COVID-19 but has already returned two negatives within 24 hours and is being allowed to return to action with his teammates. The 35-year-old veteran righty is expected to serve as one of the primary setup men, along with Andrew Chafin and Hector Rondon, ahead of closer Archie Bradley this year. Guerra has started 60 games in his five-year career, but he's expected to pitch out of the 'pen in Arizona. He had a 3.55 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 77 K's and 36 walks in 83 2/3 relief innings in 2019 with Milwaukee. Guerra might not even be the next man up for saves in Arizona if Bradley is injured or demoted from the closer's role. You can ignore him for now in most mixed leagues.
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton said that relief pitcher Hector Noesi has decided to opt out of the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing family reasons. Noesi wasn't even a lock to make Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster as a middle reliever, so there's nothing really to see here from a fantasy perspective. The 33-year-old Dominican reliever made his first big league appearance last year for the first time since 2015 with the White Sox. He had an ugly 8.46 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 7.8 K/9 in 12 outings (four starts) over 27 2/3 innings with the Marlins.
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Keone Kela has yet to work out on the field with the Pirates during summer camp. Manager Derek Shelton didn't provide an explanation as to why, which means there's a good chance it's COVID-19-related. Kela might not have tested positive, but he might've come in contact with someone who did. There's also the chance he's waiting for his test results. Such is life amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 27-year-old right-hander is expected to be the team's closer this year, but it's a little unsettling that he hasn't been with the team yet. Already more of a low-end closing option for fantasy owners, Kela might lose even more luster unless he shows up soon.
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.
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