Wednesday, February 27, 2019


-Kansas City Royals closing candidate Brad Boxberger did himself no favors on Tuesday when he gave up 3 runs in .2 IP.  Boxberger is fighting it out with Wily Peralta for the closing gig for the Royals this season but he will have to do a whole lot better than that to be given the assignment. 

-Four walks and on earned run marred the first spring outing for Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish as he attempts to come back from a brutal 2018 campaign that was filled with injuries and scores of surrendered home runs.  Darvish was once a slam dunk fantasy baseball ace who had arguably the best strikeout stuff in the game but like with many Japanese pitchers who came over to the States, early success was soon followed by ongoing injuries and a sharp drop in performance.  Darvish once again looks like a very volatile pitcher who is likely not worth the aggravation. 

-How about the scorching hot start for Cincinnati Reds infielder Jose Peraza who is now up to 5-for-5 on the spring as he added his third steal for good measure on Tuesday.  Peraza is a very exciting sleeper heading into 2019 given his big-time speed and ability to also hit .300.  The hype train is starting to get going. 

-Miami Marlins reliever Sergio Romo punched out all three batters he faced on Monday as he tries to put himself towards the front of the line for saves this season.  While there won't be many save chances on the Marlins this season, Romo is the most capable in the pen to do the job given his high-K stuff. 

-Two hitless innings are in the bag for Atlanta Braves hard-throwing youngster Sean Newcomb on Tuesday.  While Newcomb remains a clear work in progress given his high walk rates, I have said on record he could be a prime Blake Snell 2018 candidate in terms of ironing out those issues to become a monster starter almost overnight. 

-Fernando Tatis Jr. is on the board with his first spring homer as top-tier power/speed prospect is already making a strong push to break camp with the San Diego Padres.  While Tatis Jr. will surely head down to the minors to begin the season for arbitration reasons, he could be up as early as the start of May where his 25//25 ability would be an instant sizable boost to his fantasy baseball owners.  Just keep in mind that Tatis Jr. does strike out a bunch and so the average may be lacking a bit. 

-A.J. Pollock picked up two more hits out of the leadoff spot for the Los Angeles Dodgers and it appears that he will stay there when the regular season gets underway.  This would be tremendous news for Pollock's fantasy baseball value which has been quite good when on the field but few players in the game deal with more injuries on a seasonal basis. 

-Remember not to sleep on Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda who is back in the rotation to begin 2019 and who has some serious strikeout upside as he showed throughout last season.  Maeda struck out 2 in one inning Tuesday and remains very capable of reaching high SP 3 status if he team leaves him alone. 

-Rockies ace Kyle Freeland is a guy I said to avoid this season as he pitched quite a bit over his head a year ago due to some lucky BABIP help and also for the fact his strikeout rate leaves one wanting.  Still, Freeland punched out two while giving up one run in two innings Tuesday as he looks to build on that campaign.  Be that as it may, we are totally on the side of saying Freeland is going to cause quite a bit of agita to his fantasy baseball owners this season. 

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