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Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING WRAPUP: THURSDAY

-I have been very open about my avoidance of Aaron Sanchez this season and for a number of reasons.  His middling K/9 rate, likely bounce off such a drastic innings jump a year ago, and a very lucky BABIP all spell out major trouble for Sanchez this season and so there is no reason to chase Sanchez in drafts.  He was quite hittable on Thursday as Sanchez gave up 3 runs and 4 hits in just 2.1 innings against the New York Yankees.  Throw in the Rogers Center ballpark and Sanchez is as huge bust waiting to happen.

-Nick Castellanos slugged his second spring home run against the Atlanta Braves and while I have been lerry of the batting average here, the value is actually quite good as the ADP is low.  I seem to have a lot of company when it comes to being a Castellanos doubter but his cheap draft price is making him a good late round pick.  25 home runs is not out of the question here.

-Daniel Norris continues to put up just so-so outings this spring despite my interest in the power upside.  He wound up surrending 2 runs in 4.2 innings but Norris continued to show the big fastball as he racked up 4 K's.  If Norris were in the NL, I would racing out in going after him but even in the AL, this kid has great promise.

-Michael Foltynewicz has been brutally bad at times as he tried to gain his major league footing in 2015 and 2016 but he has been sharp this spring with a 2.08 ERA.  Folty was good again Thursday as he struck out 7 in his 4 innings while giving up 4 hits and a walk.  Walks have been what has held Folty back but like Daniel Norris, there is good strikeout ability for the cost of a very late round draft price.

-Jedd Gyorko hit his second spring home run Thursday but no matter what he does. his standing in my mind doesn't change in terms of wanting to own him only as a fill-in backup anywhere on the diamond.

-Gio Gonzalez put up five hitless inning on Thursday versus the New York Mets and at the very least, he has shown he should be drafted as an SP 4 again this season.  Gonzalez still struggles with walks and last season was a struggle but he also dealt with some poor BABIP luck so it wasn't as bad as it seemed.

-Zach Wheeler is opening eyes with his velocity as he reached the mid-90's with his fastball in just his second outing since 2015.  Wheeler gave up two runs in 2.1 innings but the life on his fastball was obvious.  Draft again as an SP 5.

-Wil Myers has hit very well this spring with a composite .370 average but he left Thursday's game early with what the team is calling neck stiffness.  It seems precautionary in nature and the bigger story is how much of the big speed Myers showed a year ago will repeat.  Also Myers staying healthy again is also a major question mark.  I never buy a guy off a career-year and that is the case here with Myers.

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