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Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING WRAPUP: SATURDAY

-A fast start to his spring has pretty much kept up for New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto who went 2-for-3 Saturday, including his third home run. Conforto had not homered in weeks but his smooth and compact swing is obvious.  Right now there is still not path for consistent starting status for Conforto given the crowded Mets outfield but the outlook overall remains very bright.

-Tanner Roark was very good on Saturday as he gave up 1 run on 3 hits in his 5.1 innings versus the Houston Astros.  Roark did a long stint in the WBC but he has been terrific overall this spring as he continues his upward plane in his young career.  While you would like some more strikeouts out of Roark, he has more than proven his worth a solid SP 3.

-Lance McCullers did not have his best stuff on Saturday as he gave up 4 runs and 6 hits in 3.1 innings versus the Washington Nationals.  That inflated his spring ERA to a nasty 6.00 but McCullers is still missing a ton of bats and likely working through some rust after all the games he missed a year ago.  Still love the vast power upside here but again the threat of injury is very high.

-Greg Bird is simply insane right now as he the hulking first baseman slammed his seventh spring home run on Saturday and is now up to .444 in exhibition play.  I have to admit that I am surprised at how well Bird has done considering how much time he has missed previous to the new season but it now looks like we could be looking at the new Mark Teixeira.

-Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-3 with his third spring home run but the average concerns persist at he has hit just .244.  Bradley Jr. struggled badly in the second half of last season with his average and that is something I have talked about as an issue for his 2017 value.

-Corey Dickerson continues his spring tear as he swatted his fourth home run and totes a .367 average.  I have said it countless times this spring about the dirt cheap 25-home run potential of Dickerson and that should never be overlooked no matter the fact he doesn't call Coors Field home anymore.

-Tyler Glasnow tantalizes with his strikeout ability which he showed on Saturday versus the Detroit Tigers.  Collecting 9 strikeouts in just 4 innings, Glasnow gave up just two earned runs with just one walk.  That makes it two starts in a row with Glasnow showing good control and once that happens consistently, his top-end stuff could vault him into top-20 territory among starters.

-The prospects of Blake Snell starting the season with the Tampa Bay Rays grew more dim on Saturday as he gave up 4 runs in 4,2 innings.  Snell has walked the ballpark all spring and his big strikeout ability is being completely overshadowed by that problem.  I spoke highly of Snell leading up to the spring training but even I can't make excuses for how rough he has been on the hill.

-Jason Heyward still stinks but at least he went yard in his 1-for-3 day Saturday.  It is amazing that this is the same guy who looked like a future stud when coming up with the Atlanta Braves but Heyward can't hit anymore.  He should not be drafted.

-Albert Pujols is rounding into form after a slow start to spring training due to offseason foot surgery.  He went 1-for-3 with his second spring home run Saturday but his fantasy baseball outlook at the age of 37 is of Pujols simply being a power specialist.

-Taijuan Walker got blasted for six runs (4 earned) versus the Los Angeles Angels Saturday and he remains homer-prone which is a bad matchup in Arizona.  I drafted him very late in the Experts League but I don't plan to use him initially.  He remains a clear enigma.


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