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Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING WRAPUP

Yes the WRAPUP is back and better than ever.  Arguably our most popular feature here by a mile, let's check in one some pertinent results from the first day of spring training games Friday.

-New York Yankees infielder Tyler Wade went 2-for-2 with a double in his exhibition debut Friday and at least initially show the team he should be under consideration for the shortstop position.  With newly-acquired third baseman Brandon Drury manning the hot corner, the Yanks could turn to Wade in order to buy some service time for top shortstop prospect Gleybar Torres.  Be that as it may, Wade has zero fantasy baseball value and this blurb is only to discuss how it impacts Torres who is looking like a future star.

-Jack Flaherty fired two scoreless innings for the St. Louis Cardinals but he is slated to begin the year in the minors barring injuries to any other member of the team's rotation.  Luke Weaver is the guy you want in terms of a rookie Cardinals starter anyways.

-Kevin Kiermaier will be the Rays' number three batter this season and I already have spoken about how underrated he is.  This is a 15/15 outfielder at the very least and the counting stats should improve from the number three slot as well.

-Dillon Peters intrigues me as a former top pitching prospect who has fought through some terrible injuries to make himself relevant for the 2018 Miami Marlins.  Peters fired two shutout frames Friday and struck out three in his spring debut and so his next outing will be one to watch to see if this story has traction.

-Zack Wheeler pitched a scoreless inning with 2 K's for the Mets in his spring debut.  Wheeler is fighting for the number 5 spot in the team's rotation but the signing of Jason Vargas currently leaves him out of the running.  While still capable of picking up K's with a high-end fastball, Wheeler's career-long lack of control and propensity for getting injured make him almost a non-story.

-Victor Robles picked up a double in his spring debut for the Washington Nats Friday but unlike Ronald Acuna, he has no path to begin the year with the team.  Right now the Nats outfield goes four deep and so Robles is more of a June candidate to debut, while Acuna should be up by mid-April.


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