Monday, March 20, 2017


-Maybe we should take up a collection for the Chicago White Sox front office so that we can pay for whatever the team will lose in future arbitration by having Yoan Moncada make the team out of camp.  Moncada has been an absolute beast with the bat of late, having gone 3-for-5 Sunday as he now has 11 RBI in his last 7 spring games.  Already with 30-steal speed and power that is beginning to emerge in full force, Moncada is deserving with the nod of being the number 1 hitting prospect in the game.  He will be a first round monster before you know it and those who draft him will see results by June the latest.

-Matt Bush continues to put up zeroes this spring, adding two more on Sunday without giving up a hit and striking out two.  I have said from the beginning of spring training that it is only a matter of time before Bush takes over the Texas closer gig from soft-tossing Sam Dyson and so he is worth drafting in all formats.

-Carlos Gomez continues to show us he is perhaps not done yet as a prime fantasy baseball outfielder as he hit his third spring homer Sunday and upped his average to .333.  The ultimate buy low this spring, Gomez still can run a bit and his power should be solid in the Texas launching pad.

-I have been all over Jon Gray of the Colorado Rockies as a major breakout pitcher this season and so far this spring he has held to my prediction.  Gray struck out 7 Oakland A's in his five-inning outing of one-run ball.  For the spring now, Gray has a composite 1.42 ERA and looks every bit as a guy who is ready to ascend to upper tier status despite the home ballpark.

-Matt Shoemaker was not great Sunday as he gave up 4 runs (2 earned) in 4 innings but he is missing bats with 18 total K's in 13 total innings.  I like the value here as Shoemaker has been good in two of the last three years and his K/9 rate should go over 8.00.

-Carlos Rodon tossed four scoreless innings with 5 K's for the Chicago White Sox on Sunday and seems like he is firing on all cylinders after starting the spring behind the rest of the staff.  I like Jon Gray better as a breakout power arm given the NL advantage but Rodon is another young starter who seems set to make a nice jump.

-Gerrit Cole brought back some nice memories of his big 2015 breakout Sunday when he gave up just one run in five innings while striking out five.  So far there have been no elbow issues for Cole like the ones that undermined his 2016 and he presents good bounce back upside.

-Tony Watson was destroyed Sunday by giving up 5 runs in just .2 innings for the Pirates against the Toronto Blue Jays.  With Daniel Hudson dominating this spring, I have said numerous times that there could be a quick change here out of the gates considering how poorly Watson has pitched.  Watch this situation closely.

-Jacob DeGrom finally looked human Sunday as he gave up four runs in 5.1 innings.  Keep in mind though that DeGrom started out with 1 runs in 5 innings before he tired in the sixth.  He has been dominant all spring and is set to be another major comeback story.

-Hanley Ramirez is still not playing first base due to his balky shoulder but he slugged his third home run of the spring on Sunday.  He can DH in the AL of course which helps but Ramirez is going to be one of the bigger injury risks this season.

-Stephen Strasburg gave up two runs in 4.1 innings while striking out 3 Sunday.  Again Strasburg worked out of the stretch during the outing but his 7.30 ERA shows that his new approach may not be to his advantage.


  1. Do you like Profar or Schimpf better as a late round flier?

  2. Many thanks! That was my gut feeling as well


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