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Schedule for slow draft leagues: We will adjust slow draft clocks as we get within one week of the regular season starting. We are monitoring the Major League Baseball schedule and will update things as they announce their plans.
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.
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Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena has earned a rotation spot, according to Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro. In the tweet, Frisaro mentions that Sandy Alcantara will start on Opening Day, then some mix of Urena, Caleb Smith, and Pablo Lopez will make up the 2-4 spots in the rotation, with the fifth spot yet to be determined. Urena has proven to be a below-average starting pitcher in the past, and when given a chance to work out of the bullpen last season, he proved to be well below-average in that role as well. Despite plenty of pitching depth and exciting young arms available, the team has decided to go with Urena. Urena came up in 2015 and has accumulated just 2.8 fWAR in almost five full seasons. He's coming off a 5.21 ERA in 2019 and rarely strikes guys out. He's not a fantasy option.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara will get the Opening Day start. Manager Don Mattingly announced his Opening Day starter, and Alcantara will take the ball on July 24th against the Phillies to kick off the Marlins season. The 2019 All-Star pitched fairly well in 2019, posting a 3.88 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. He doesn't miss a ton of bats and can sometimes struggle with control, as seen by his 151 strikeouts and 81 walks in 197 1/3 innings last season, but he seemed to be pitching better as the season went on. There's reason to believe Alcantara still has plenty of untapped upside, but he may not be perfectly cast as a team's ace. Still, there's certainly a space for Alcantara on most fantasy teams this season.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty will start on Opening Day. Flaherty revealed the news himself on a Zoom call, saying, "Yeah. He told me. He should probably be the one to tell you guys, but oh well," referring to manager Mike Shildt. Flaherty should be one of the best fantasy starters in the league, and is rewarded for his excellent 2019 with this season's Opening Day nod. He posted a 2.75 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 231/55 strikeout-to-walk ratio last season. He should be one of the first starters drafted in all formats.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (neck) felt much better on Tuesday than he did on Monday, according to manager Aaron Boone. Even so, Judge was again held out of the teams intrasquad game on Tuesday and was limited to batting practice. The Yankees continue to expect Judge to recover in time for the start of the season, but what was initially characterized as a minor issue and attributed to Judge sleeping wrong has now held Judge out of games for four days. Fantasy owners should approach Judge with caution on draft day, as theres a chance that his stiff neck is related to the stress fracture in his rib.
Toronto Blue Jays corner infielder Travis Shaw is nursing some groin soreness and is considered day-to-day. He ran the bases on Tuesday but was held out of the teams intrasquad game as a precaution. With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. moving across the diamond, Shaw will man the hot corner for the Jays this year and should provide some depth to a rising lineup. Signed to a one-year deal this offseason, the 30-year-old makes an intriguing late-round power option in all fantasy formats.
San Diego Padres starter Garrett Richards cannot wait to get going in a prove-it season. The Friars projected No. 3 starter has made just 31 appearances since 2016, dealing with myriad injuries including Tommy John surgery in 2018. Richards signed a two-year deal with the Padres before last season with the intention to rehab and gear up for 2020. Neither the team nor Richards believe there will be any restrictions in his workload. A power pitcher with a career 3.60 ERA, the 32-year-old is anxious to rejuvenate his career. Wallowing on draft boards with a 272 ADP, Richards is certainly worth a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Following up on an earlier report, New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom left a Mets' intrasquad game after just one inning on Tuesday. The Mets have since reported that his early departure was due to back tightness. At this point, it is too early to determine if this will impact deGrom's availability for the start of the season in ten days. If healthy, deGrom is an SP1 in all formats. He is coming off a 2019 season in which he posted an 11-8 record, 2.43 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, with 255 strikeouts in 204 innings pitched.
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom left the Mets' intrasquad game after just one inning on Tuesday. It is unclear whether this early departure was planned or if it was unexpected. Obviously, this bears monitoring if and when the Mets provide an update. The reigning National League Cy Young winner has been in midseason form in camp. If healthy, deGrom is an SP1 in all formats and should be one of the first two pitchers taken off the board in leagues that are redrafting for the shortened season.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (head) has reportedly been symptom-free since leaving the hospital last Saturday. The Yankees still have not provided a public timetable for Tanakas return from his concussion, but the 31-year-old hopes to throw a bullpen session soon, and it seems likely that hell get back on the mound in the coming days. As a result, fantasy owners should continue to expect that Tanaka will miss no more than one start at the beginning of the year.
New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano was back in Mets summer camp on Tuesday and was planning to practice with the team. Cano had been absent from camp over the past week. No reason for his absence has been provided by the Mets. During spring training, Cano had been strengthening his legs in an effort to avoid the quadriceps and hamstring issues that limited him to just 107 games in 2019. If healthy, the Mets will likely give Cano every opportunity to re-emerge as a productive bat in the middle of their potent lineup. That said, with only ten workout days remaining until Opening Day, it remains questionable whether Cano will be ready for action when the season opens. If Cano misses time, Jeff McNeil may move over to second base, opening up regular playing time for J.D. Davis at third base. Once fully ready to go, Cano is worth rostering in deep mixed leagues and in all NL-only formats.
New York Mets infielder Jed Lowrie (leg) is still sporting a large brace on his left leg that will impact his ability to play for the Mets. Lowrie has been attempting to transition from a large brace to a smaller brace since spring training in March. The smaller brace would enable Lowrie to play in games but running with the smaller brace on causes Lowrie pain. As a result, until Lowrie can transition completely from any leg brace (or until he feels comfortable with the smaller brace on), he will not be able to help the Mets. At this point, it is doubtful that Lowrie will be ready to go by Opening Day. He will most likely open the season on the injured list, with Eduardo Nunez making the Mets 30-man roster as a utility infielder in Lowrie's absence. Lowrie missed nearly all of last season with left knee and hamstring injuries. If he can eventually overcome these injuries, Lowrie will function in a utility infielder role. As a utility infielder, however, it would take an injury to Jeff McNeil and/or Amed Rosario to guarantee consistent playing time for him in 2020. As such, even if he is eventually able to play, Lowrie is nothing more than a waiver claim as bench depth in deep NL-only formats
New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano has been absent from Mets summer camp over the past week. No reason for his absence has been provided by the Mets. During spring training back in March, Cano had been spending time strengthening his legs in an effort to avoid the quadriceps and hamstring issues that limited him to just 107 games in 2019. If Cano is healthy, the Mets will likely give him every opportunity to re-emerge as a productive bat in the middle of their potent lineup. Of course, with only ten workout days remaining until Opening Day and Cano still absent, it remains questionable whether he will be part of the 30-man roster when the season opens. If Cano misses time, Jeff McNeil may move over to second base, opening up regular playing time for J.D. Davis at third base. If and when healthy, Cano would be worth rostering in deep mixed leagues and in all NL-only formats.
San Diego Padres pitcher Cal Quantrill is receiving praise in summer camp but may still not earn a starting gig. Battling for the fifth rotation spot with Joey Lucchesi, Quantrill appears destined to play the long-relief and follower role. A former top prospect, Quantrill pitched well in his 2019 rookie year before a 10.90 September ERA wrecked his line to a 5.16 ERA (4.28 FIP) across 103 frames. Quantrills versatility should get him plenty of opportunities even if the more experienced Lucchesi wins out. Drafted outside the top 700, Quantrill carries minimal fantasy value but could be in line for some wins as he soaks up middle innings.
San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges has been a polarizing player. Since 2017, the 27-year-olds been amongst the best defensive backstops in baseball. However, his offense has progressively diminished, culminating in a dreadful 47 wRC+ last year. While hes bopped double-digit homers three consecutive seasons, Padres leadership has put pressure on Hedges to advance his on-base skills. With emerging catcher Francisco Mejia the better hitter and making strides defensively, this is likely a make-or-break season for Hedges in San Diego. Currently a fantasy afterthought at an ADP of 642, Hedges must improve on his career .617 OPS to prolong his major league livelihood.
San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia has enjoyed a solid camp and can still win the starting job. After a miserable spring training, Mejia has redeemed himself on both sides of the diamond to compete with incumbent backstop Austin Hedges for opportunities. The 24-year-old posted a .754 OPS in 2019 with eight homers in 244 plate appearances and is the superior offensive option. However, despite Hedges atrocious 47 wRC+ last year, he remains one of baseballs best defensive catchers. Mejia is also an option at designated hitter, but ideally fantasy managers want him to grab the lions share of catcher reps. Falling just inside the top 15 signal-callers with a 236 ADP, Mejia bulls are banking on him making at least half the starts this season.
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo (illness) has not been cleared to join team workouts after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. Luzardo must provide two negative tests 24-hours apart in order to be taken off the COVID-19 Injured List. Manager Bob Melvin expressed concern the hard-throwing lefty may not be ready for Opening Day on July 23. Luzardo was one of the biggest risers in average draft position due to the shortened season, but for now, it'll be hard to draft Luzardo in the first 150 picks given the uncertainty of when he'll pitch and how long it'll take to build up arm strength.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (head) did lower body workouts on Monday as he continues to recover from a concussion. Manager Aaron Boone is encouraged by Tanakas progress and continues to indicate that Tanaka has been recovering well, but there is still no public timetable on Tanakas return. Based on Tanakas smooth recovery so far, though, it seems likely that the 31-year-old will be ready for the start of the season or very close to it, so fantasy owners shouldnt price much of a discount into Tanakas 214 ADP.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (neck) is reportedly feeling better on Monday and was able to take swings in the batting cage. Its encouraging that Judge is back to swinging, but his absence is getting to be concerningly long, and manager Aaron Boone is unsure if Judge will be back in the lineup on Tuesday as previously hoped. Fantasy owners should be cautious when drafting Judge with an early-round pick since its not clear if his neck issue is related to the stress fracture in his rib, and it remains possible that Judge will miss the entire 2020 season.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Gerson Bautista has suffered a flexor mass strain in his right elbow. Manager Scott Servais said that Bautista won't need surgery but the strain is likely forcing him to start the 2020 season on the injured list. Though Bautista showed some promise with an above average strikeout rate in the minors, he likely wasn't going to be in the mix for saves in 2020 with Yoshihisa Hirano projected as Seattle's closer and Matt Magill and Carl Edwards Jr. in line for chances as well. You can feel comfortable leaving Bautista off of your draft board.
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Richie Martin (wrist surgery) and starting pitcher Ty Blach (Tommy John surgery) are scheduled to have their respective surgeries this Wednesday, per MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko. Martin broke his wrist during an intrasquad game over the weekend and Blach had recently felt soreness in his pitching elbow. Given the length of recovery time for these surgeries, both Martin and Blach are now out of fantasy consideration for the shortened 2020 season.
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