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New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom is in line to be the team's Opening Day starter for the third straight season.
Tampa Bay Rays LHP/1B Brendan McKay (shoulder) has been playing catch from distances of 60, 90 and 120 feet and is tentatively scheduled to resume throwing off a mound in mid-March. He is working his way back from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and is unlikely to be ready to pitch in games by Opening Day. However, McKay will be able to get some opportunities to hit over the next few weeks in spring training, according to manager Kevin Cash.
Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer felt healthy during his first start of the spring on Friday. Scherzer was dealing with a left ankle sprain but navigated through his first spring start without any health complaints, pitching 1 2/3 frames while allowing a pair of walks and runs, one hit, and striking out two batters. The 36-year-old said he can now pitch 100 percent on the ankle- it won't be any cause for concern as he tries to build himself up for the 2021 season. Scherzer is still the same elite swing-and-miss guy he's always been, but he's probably more of a low-end ace at this point in his career. His 3.46 FIP- compared to a 3.74 ERA- and .355 BABIP suggest he was slightly unlucky in 2020, making him worthy of his 24 ADP.
Miami Marlins starter Sixto Sanchez could make his spring debut sometime next week. Sanchez has had multiple setbacks to his training, as he was delayed to camp due to visa issues, then had a false COVID-19 test come back positive. The top prospect will throw a bullpen session on Sunday followed by a live batting practice session a few days later, which will put him in line to toe the rubber for game action next week, per manager Don Mattingly. Sanchez flashed some serious potential at times last year, particularly in a seven-inning, 10 strikeout performance against the Rays last August. The hard-throwing 22-year-old possesses upside at his 128 ADP.
Free-agent RHP Roberto Osuna has spoken with multiple MLB clubs and is scheduled to hold a showcase for interested teams Friday, March 12, in the Dominican Republic.
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (hamstring) has yet to take the field for spring game action after tweaking his hamstring. Bregman has been hitting on the field this spring and actually tweeted that he would be playing if this were the regular season, with manager Dusty Baker seeming to back up that sentiment by saying he looks "pretty good." Expect the team to continue to take the slow approach with their star third baseman, who missed 17 games last year because of a sore right hamstring. Bregman has an ADP of 38 right now, which might be slightly undervaluing him coming off of a down year. He batted .296 with over 100 runs, RBI, and walks while socking 41 homers in 2019, his last full season.
The Houston Astros received more bad news on the pitching front after Forrest Whitley recently came down with arm soreness. The Astros' top pitching prospect was expected to get a longer look this spring after an injury to Framber Valdez but this unfortunate turn of events could put Whitley's availability in question for opening day. Injuries are not new for the young hurler. He has never thrown 100 innings in a season during his five-year career and has managed only 86 innings since 2018 due to visits to the trainer's table and the pandemic. Despite the injuries, Whitley has top-of-the-rotation stuff and enters 2021 ranked by Rotoballer as the 25th-best dynasty pitcher.
New York Yankees starter Gerrit Cole was slated to start on Saturday against his former team, the Pirates, though his start was scratched due to weather concerns. The Yankees will play in Bradenton, where a quarter-to-half of rainfall is expected on Saturday. The team understandably didn't want to risk the weather nixing Cole's second start- so he threw a live batting practice session to catcher Robinson Chirinos. The 30-year-old ace will likely get back on the mound for game action this week. Cole is rightfully one of the top-three pitchers off the board in fantasy drafts after pitching to a 2.71 ERA and 0.96 WHIP while striking out 12.9 batters per nine innings over the last three seasons combined.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Bryan Mata was diagnosed with a small tear of his UCL. The club's top pitching prospect will now be shut down for rest and rehab rather than undergoing Tommy John surgery although that could be an option if the conservative approach does not work. The news is a huge blow to the Red Sox's pitching depth in a season where upper-level pitching depth will be heavily relied on by all teams. Mata is ranked by Rotoballer just outside the Top 100 dynasty prospects at 123. Still just 21, he split the 2019 season between high-A and double-A ball. He was at the club's alternate training site in 2020 but has yet to make his MLB debut. Mata has the ceiling of a mid-rotation starter.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (forearm) avoided serious injury after being hit by a pitch in the third inning of Friday's Cactus League loss to the Indians. Baez winced in pain and didn't come out to play defense in the top of the fourth, though the Cubs said that it's a soft-tissue injury. The 28-year-old struggled in 2020, slashing just .203/.238/.360 in 59 games, attributing the down year to the lack of in-game video. Baez was a good producer in the run-scoring, home run, RBI, and stolen base categories in two All-Star campaigns in 2018 and 2019, though fantasy investors will have to decide which performances they trust more. He's probably closer to the guy who hit 34 homers and stole 21 bases in 2018, but his 71 ADP is a fairly hefty price to pay to find out.
Baltimore Orioles OF Cedric Mullins has given up on switch-hitting and will bat exclusively from the left side of the plate going forward.
Milwaukee Brewers infielder Luis Urias (hamstring) was removed from Friday's spring game against the Rockies as a precaution due to left hamstring discomfort. The 23-year-old appeared to tweak his hamstring running out a groundout during the third inning, and the Brewers aren't taking any chances by leaving him in the game. Urias received the start at shortstop and went 0-for-2 while also committing a throwing error before exiting the contest. He should be considered day-to-day for the time being. His skill set launched him into top prospect territory heading into 2020 and he could contribute to the ration departments if he gets regular playing time. He's worth a look in deep dynasty drafts heading into 2021.
San Diego Padres RHP Javier Guerra (elbow) will be sidelined for at least two to four weeks because of a Grade 1 ulnar collateral ligament sprain before being reassessed.
Kansas City Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi (foot) has been slowed by a foot injury during spring training, although he is 'moving in the right direction,' according to manager Mike Matheny.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes threw two shutout innings with five strikeouts and one walk in a Cactus League game versus the Rockies. Burnes was one of baseball's breakout hurlers last year posting a 2.11 ERA with 88 strikeouts in only 59 2/3 innings. Burnes' improvements are supported by a pitch-mix adjustment as he scrapped his ineffective four-seamer in favor of a sinker/cutter combo that baffled hitters all season. The result was a 96th percentile strikeout rate and a 91st percentile wOBA allowed. With an average draft position just inside the top-60, Burnes offers elite upside as an SP2 on draft day.
Oakland Athletics INF Jed Lowrie (undisclosed) has been participating in simulated games but has not yet received clearance to play in spring training games, according to manager Bob Melvin.
Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson went 1-for-2 with a home run and a strikeout in a Spring Training game against the Angels on Friday. It was a typical game for the lefty slugger who mashed 14 homers last year, but also batted .195 thanks to an uncharacteristic amount of strikeouts. Olson's K-rate spiked to over 30 percent after whiffing roughly 25 percent of the time in his first four seasons. Olson boasts elite power and had expected slugging percentages over .500 in both 2018 and 2019. If he gets his strikeouts back to his career norms Olson could be a steal on draft day with an average draft position of 115 overall.
New York Mets RHP Seth Lugo (elbow) said that he is scheduled to resume throwing around Opening Day and would likely need at least one month to get back into game shape. He is recovering from surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching arm.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Michael Lorenzen struggled in his spring debut, allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Lorenzen struck out one and walked one while allowing three hits, including a three-run homer to Josh Rojas in the contest. Lorenzen told reporters after the game that he is easing into camp in preparations to be a starter this season. "It doesn't feel good to the ego, but April 1st is all that matters," he stated. Lorenzen is competing with Jose De Leon and others for the fifth spot in the Cincy rotation this season. He reportedly has the inside track to win the spot but De Leon pitched relatively well in Friday's game.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Jose De Leon allowed two runs over three innings in a 5-3 Cactus League loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. De Leon struck out four and walked one in the outing, his second of the spring. The former top prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers impressively forced seven swinging strikes in the second inning of the outing alone. De Leon is fighting for the fifth spot in the Cincinnati pitching rotation and saw one of his main competitors, Michael Lorenzen, allow three runs in 1 2/3 innings in the same game. The Cincinnati coaching staff is reportedly high on De Leon's potential but he will need to continue to produce to nail down a spot in the rotation.
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