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Monday, February 17, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING WRAPUP: MONDAY

With camps opened up all across the league, let's check in one some of the news of the day from a fantasy baseball angle.

                                                         

-Cleveland Indians officials are already happy with what they are seeing out of Carlos Santana at third base.  Santana is transitioning into the team's everyday third baseman due to his awful defensive work at catcher and also due to the team wanting to get Yan Gomes' bat more into the everyday lineup.  Santana smoothly fielded ground balls with little issue during the day Monday and the team is confident he will be able to hold up at third base full time.  If Miguel Cabrera could be an everyday third baseman than Santana should have a good chance to sticking there as well.  The fact that Santana will now add third base eligibility to his already 1B and catcher qualifications, his fantasy baseball stock is as high as it has been since coming into the league.  While we would like to see Santana hit for a higher average, he has 25 home runs pop and his counting stats will be as good as any catcher in the game since he will play everyday.  Don't overlook the value in that.  Push Santana ahead of Brian McCann and Wilin Rosario right behind Buster Posey.

-Seattle Mariners top pitching prospect Tajuan Walker "feels great" after his bullpen session on Monday.  Walker was dealing with some shoulder soreness last week but came through the session with no issues.  Walker has big time fantasy baseball sleeper value this season who possesses some immense ceiling.  He profiles as possibly the next big power pitcher with terrific strikeout potential.  Be aggressive drafting him.

-Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar has been cleared to resume on-field activities after dealing with some shoulder soreness of his own.  Profar to this point had been limited to conditioning work but the tendinitis in his shoulder has now cleared up which means he can participate in all the drills.  Profar disappointed those who grabbed him last season but at only 20-years-old, the sky is the limit for his potential and patience is needed.  We still believe in him.

There you have it.  Let us know what else you feel like discussing.

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