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.
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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.
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jordan Hicks has opted out of the 2020 season, according to the Cardinals official Twitter. Hicks cited pre-existing health concerns as his reason. The hard-throwing closer was going to start the season on the injured list as he completed his recovery from Tommy John Surgery, but was expected to pitch this year. Now, he'll have more time to recover and should be all systems go for 2021. Ryan Helsley was the first pitcher mentioned by manager Mike Shildt a few days ago when he was asked about the closer's role and makes for a very high upside add in all formats.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Eric Lauerconfirmed Sunday that he was placed on the COVID-19 injured list, though the left-hander said he is healthy and expects to be ready to go for the start of the 2020 season, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Lauer was part of the trade that sent Zach Davies and Trent Grisham to the Padres. The southpaw was 8-10 with a 4.45 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 138 strikeouts over 149 2/3 innings in 2019, and he's moving to a more hitter-friendly ballpark. If healthy, he projects to be a back-end starter for Milwaukee and is a low-ceiling arm in NL-only leagues. Away from Petco Park, Lauer has a 5.99 ERA and 1.49 WHIP.
Cleveland Indians second basemen Cesar Hernandez is expected to lead off this season, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Oscar Mercado was the presumed leadoff hitter, but it sounds like he may end up hitting in the bottom half of the order. The Indians signed Hernndez after the Phillies decided against tendering his contract at the end of the season. The second baseman has spent the majority of his career at the top of the order, and he owns a .275 average and .753 OPS when hitting first. The news certainly boosts Hernandez's fantasy value, as he could now be a major factor in runs scored.
San Diego Padres outfielder Franchy Cordero has struggled this camp, according to San Diego Union Tribunes Kevin Acee. However, the 25-year-old managed to reach base twice in Sundays intrasquad game. A previous lock on the roster, Cordero is suddenly on the bubble as he battles outfielders Josh Naylor and Edward Olivares for platoon roles. Of the three, Olivares has been the runaway standout. A former prospect with dazzling advanced metrics, Cordero has played just 49 games over the past two years while ravaged by injuries. When hes cracked the lineup, Cordero has struggled with a strikeout rate north of 35 percent. In a make-or-break season, Cordero needs to prove he belongs in the majors and wont be a fantasy factor until he does.
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