Friday, March 2, 2018


-Khris Davis is power personified and he smacked a grand slam to remind us all he has back-to-back seasons reaching the 40-home run mark.  While the average is never pretty, Davis is one of the very best power value bats in all of fantasy baseball. 

-My favorite prospect of the 2018 fantasy baseball season had another big day as Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun smacked a home run and went 3-for-5 overall Thursday.  Calhoun is off to a 6-for-13 start on the spring and the kid can really rake like the best of them.  I have spoken repeatedly about how advanced Calhoun's approach at the dish is and he has the type of low-K/high-contact approach that will make him a .300 hitter to go with all that power.  The sky is the limit.

-Zack Godley has to prove that his 2017 breakout was no fluke and so far this spring he is doing so as he was excellent Thursday in throwing 3.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts.  With his velocity jumping last season, Godley became a strikeout artist almost overnight and he is looking like a tremendous investment for 2018 fantasy baseball since his ADP is not very high just yet.

-Jorge Soler went yard for the third time this spring for the rebuilding Kansas City Royals and we said the other day that he is worth a very late-round pick since he is still just 26 and will get a very long look by the team this season.  The power is legit and Soler went to work in the offseason to close the previously giant holes in his swing.  This could work.

-Ian Happ hit his third homer of the spring himself on Wednesday and this one came out of the leadoff spot which seems to be where he will be when righties are on the mound.  While Happ's strikeouts were out of control in his rookie debut a year ago, Happ has immense power that could reach 30 homers this season to go with some speed as well.  Upwards we go. 

-Things are getting ridiculous with New York Yankees rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar who hit his third and fourth home runs of spring training on Thursday.  Andujar is making it very tough for the Yanks to send him back to the minors when camp breaks which seemed to be the plan all along after the deal for Brandon Drury but this could change the more we see homers going out.  The is one stock going upwards fast. 

-Another rookie who is lighting it up is Houston Astros third baseman Kyle Tucker who hit his third spring homer on Wednesday.  The Astros are so talented that they have no room for Tucker no matter what he does this spring but any injury in the infield could change things quick.  A very bright Kris Bryant-type future is on the way. 

-Jake Faria has not looked very smooth this spring so far as he gave up 1 one run and two walks in two innings Thursday and for the spring is up to 4 runs in 2.2.  The rebuilding Tampa Bay Rays have a spot set for Faria in their rotation to begin the season but there will be a point they need to see some positive results before that is confirmed.  Still, the Rays have a very good track record with young pitching which means Faria should remain a late-round upside pick. 

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