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Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING WRAPUP: SATURDAY

-Robert Gsellman has pretty much solidified the fifth starter's spot in the New York Mets rotation as he continued his strong spring by giving up just one run in five innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.  While Gsellman's K/9 rate won't be that impressive, he has more than shown he has the stuff to get major league hitter's out given his strong second half of 2016.  He has some value in NL-only leagues but in mixers it would have to go deep.

-Michael Wacha had his first mediocre outing of the spring Saturday as he yielded 3 runs and 5 hits in just 4 innings against the Mets.  He struck out four and for the spring Wacha has a terrific 2.65 ERA.  Alas his stuff is simply a notch or two below when he first broke in with the Cardinals and I wouldn't trust him as more than an SP 5.

-Dylan Bundy was horrible again on Saturday as he gave up 3 runs and 4 hits in 4 innings.  Bundy is simply not getting outs and the New York Yankee hitters had no trouble catching up to his stuff.  At one time Bundy was a highly acclaimed prospect but now I wouldn't even draft him.

-The bad C.C. Sabathia from 2014 and 2015 has been back this spring as he now has a 9.45 ERA after giving up 3 runs in 4 innings Saturday versus the Orioles.  You really don't want to bother here at all as Sabathia is on fumes and barely hits the upper-80's with his fastball now.

-Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 and is toting a .361 average with 4 home runs this spring.  I have been a big doubter of Sanchez as I want to see him cut down his strikeouts and he has a sophomore slump to face off against.  The talent is insane though both offensively and defensively.  The draft price has been insane though and so the margin for error is thin.

-Maikel Franco has really struggled of late and so it was nice to see him hit a grand slam which was his fourth home run of the spring Saturday.  Franco is still only hitting .213 but he comes off a 25-home run campaign at the age of 24 and I still am a big fan of the upside.  Only unknown variable is how high will the average go.

-Jeremy Hellickson was fooling no one on Saturday as he gave up 8 runs (5 earned) in 5 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  While Hellickson had a decent year in 2016, he is just an SP 5 with zero upside.

-Tyler Glasnow is still hanging on by his fingernails to a rotation spot with the Pirates and so he needed the decent outing on Saturday where he gave up one run in four innings.  Glasnow did walk two and again the control is simply brutal here and what keeps Glasnow's big strikeout ability much less interesting.  We wouldn't go here unless in NL-only formats given the growing pains.

-Trea Turner is one of the most overpriced and overhyped players I have ever seen for someone who has not even played a full season in the majors.  Yes his numbers were insanely good in his 2016 debut but Turner has to prove that level of performance again and ward off a sophomore slump.  So far Turner is struggling as he his hitting just .229 with one homers and 3 steals this spring.  The first round is too early.

-Rick Porcello's spring ERA rose to a horrid 8.10 as he gave up five runs in four innings on Saturday.  I won't touch Porcello in fantasy baseball leagues this season given the expected rise in his ERA off such good BABIP luck a year ago.  Also Porcello doesn't have the K stuff to overcome that correction in terms of posting a helpful ERA.  

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