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Thursday, March 9, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

-Facing a team full of All Star from the Dominican Republic team, Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole tossed three scoreless innings in giving up just 2 hits.  Cole did not strike anyone out which he also did in his first outing of the spring which won't quiet the concerns about the drop in his K/9 last year but five total scoreless frames is impressive for sure.  Things are on the positive side here after a whole bunch of 2016 negatives.

-Wow Tyler Glasnow was bad as he gave up six runs in his 2.1 IP outing against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.  The poor control that Glasnow has struggled with showed up here as he walked four and was completely out of sync.  We wouldn't chase the potential here as Glasnow is still too raw and unrefined to depend on.

-Manny Machado went 2-for-5 with a home run Thursday and already seems like in mid-season form.  The shortstop eligibility is huge here but Machado is a mid-first round stud wherever he plays on the diamond.

-Now up to a 5.47 ERA for the spring, Jeremy Hellickson gave up 2 runs in 4 innings against the Atlanta Braves.  Hellickson simply has not been good this spring but he is locked into the Phillies rotation where he carries just SP 5 value.

-It was another uneven performance for Yankees pitcher Luis Severino as he gave up two runs on four hits in two innings.  On the plus side, Severino struck out four batters and his power arsenal has brought forth a lot of swings and misses thus far this spring.  Still you want to see Severino lock batters down more than he has and so he can't be depended on as anything more than an SP 5 with upside in a tough division.

-Stephen Strasburg was pathetic Wednesday as he gave up six runs and seven hits in just two innings.  Pitching with a partial tear in his ulnar, Strasburg has refined his approach in pitching totally out of the stretch this spring.  Clearly the results are not good and combined with the elbow problems, make Strasburg radioactive in fantasy baseball drafts this spring.  Then again we have screamed to the rafters to avoid Strasburg for years and so we can't help you if you ignore our accurate advice on the guy.

-Michael Wacha was good again Wednesday as he tossed 3 scoreless innings while racking up 3 strikeouts.  Wacha has a firm spot in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation this spring given the injuries that have cropped up there but his ongoing shoulder trouble and stuff that appears to be diminished as a result of that ailment make him nothing more than an SP 5 pitcher.

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