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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING WRAPUP: TUESDAY

-It was a dominant spring for Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer as he tossed three more scoreless innings on Tuesday to lower his ERA to 1.98 in non-WBC action.  He struck out four and has been a strikeout machine all spring.  I think there are major things in store for Archer this season and another 240 K's is in play.

-Brandon Kintzler is a guy I think is a fraud as a closer but he has thrown well of late with five scoreless outings in his last six appearances.  Once Glen Perkins comes back things may change but Kintzler is the scary guy to own for saves in Minny.

-How about ByungHo Park?  He has been great this spring with a .362 average and his fifth home run on Tuesday.  We all know the massive struggles that Park had as a rookie in 2016 but maybe he picked up some new strategies at the dish this spring.  The power is legit but I am still not interested.

-Robert Gsellman struck out six and gave up 3 runs in 6 innings in his final spring start Tuesday versus the St. Louis Cardinals.  He has been a revelation since the midpoint of 2016 and the Mets now plan to ride him as a firm member of the rotation.  While the strikeouts are just average, Gsellman is a nice SP 5 play.

-Matt Adams has slimmed down this spring and maybe that has given him some new bat speed.  He is up to five spring home runs to go with a .340 average.  Adams has been a major disappointment the last few years as his size never translated to power but it won't cost much more than a last round pick to find out if he his improvement is for real.

-Boy is Freddie Freeman on fire.  He is up to a ridiculous .524 for the spring and has just 5 K's in 42 at-bats.  I am a big fan of Freeman and now am all-in on him being a top fantasy baseball everyday first baseman.

-King Felix punched out four batters in just two innings in a final tuneup Tuesday versus the Arizona D-Backs.  Hernandez has looked sharp this spring and his fastball had ticked up a tad which is nice to say.  Perhaps he is not done yet.

-Zack Greinke was sitting only in the upper-80's with his fastball as he continues to struggle this spring.  Comparisons to Jered Weaver are on par so far as Greinke is fading quickly and he could be in line for some major trouble again in 2017 with diminished stuff.  Stay clear.

-Brian McCann has had a nice spring after a terrible start as he hit his third homers Tuesday and is up to .277 with his average.  McCann has become quite the value in fantasy baseball given the fear of his age but he has another year or two of top five value among catchers.


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