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Friday, March 4, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING WRAPUP: SHORTSTOP UPSDIE ABOUNDING

-Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Alex Guerrero is trying to latch onto a starting job with the team for the second spring in a row and his power is coming to the forefront as he slammed a home run in Thursday's exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox.  Guerrero opened up some eyes with a very good power display the first two months of 2015 but then struggled terribly the rest of the way due to horrible contact problems.  However Guerrero will get a chance to be the starting third baseman for the team until Justin Turner returns which bears watching.  Again Guerrero has intriguing power that plays well in all formats if he gets consistent playing time but it will come with a shoddy average.

-Clayton Kershaw got his spring off to a nice start as he tossed two scoreless innings against the White Sox.  Kershaw gave up one hit and a walk and struck out two as he looks to build off another ridiculous 2015 campaign.  There is not a pitcher on the planet who is more dominant then Kershaw who wound up reaching 300 strikeouts last season. 

-There could be an interesting story going on at the shortstop position in Colorado.  With Jose Reyes banished from the team this spring and likely facing a long MLB suspension due to his domestic abuse issue from the winter, the team is looking to fill the void at the position.  A possible candidate is 23-year-old Trevor Story who at Double-A and Triple-A in 2015 hit .279 with 20 hoe runs and 22 stolen bases.  That type of power/speed ability is attractive in any format and that is especially true in Colorado.  There is no telling how long Reyes will be out but Story is now a storyline that should be front and center this spring given how shallow the position is. 

-Jurickson Profar continued to show he is all the way back from a two-year struggle with shoulder injuries as he went 1-2 with a single and a run scored Thursday.  Profar hit a home run off Cole Hamels in an intrasquad game earlier in the week and his ability at one time made him one of the most highly regarded prospects in the game.  Again at shortstop, someone with Profar's ability should be front and center this spring in the fantasy baseball community. 

 -New York Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez cracked a home run on his first swing of spring training Thursday, as he looks to build off a terrific comeback power season in 2015 when he hit 33 home runs.  At the age of 41 though, Rodriguez has a firm expiration date around the end of July as fatigue sets in.  Prior to the that though, he could hit a good number of home runs again for a cheap draft price. 

-Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout picked up three hits in his spring debut Thursday which included a double.  There is no one other then maybe Bryce Harper in the conversation of being the top pick in fantasy baseball drafts this spring. 

 

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