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Thursday, February 28, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING WRAPUP: THURSDAY

-Raw but very intriguing Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Freddy Peralta tossed a scoreless frame on Thursday as he competes for the fifth starter's spot.  While Peralta really opened eyes with his ability to miss bats in his debut last season, his control was downright abysmal and likely indicates he may need a bit more seasoning before sticking in the majors.  Only in deeper formats should Peralta be on the sleeper radar. 

-Maybe it was just a coincidence but the Toronto Blue Jays signing veteran closer/setup man Bud Norris on Thursday after the team witnessed another epic meltdown by stopper Ken Giles garnered understandable attention.  Giles was absolutely pathetic as he walked three batters and gave up FOUR runs before mercifully being pulled.  We have seen way too much out of this from Giles whether it was in Philly, Houston, or now Toronto and while we love the high K rate, there is simply no way one can depend on him. 

-Consensus number 1 prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. picked up a double in three at-bats on Thursday but like with Fernando Tatis Jr., there is almost no way he breaks camp due to the Super 2 issue.  That still won't stop the hype machine as Guerrero Jr. is one of the best prospects we have seen in a very long time and is almost destined for greatness. 

-Randal Grichuk hit a home run on Thursday and has a clear starter's role to begin the season which he could not say during his St. Louis Cardinals days.  Grichuk is a flawed hitter as we all know as he strikes out a ton and will struggle to hit .250 but he can easily smack 30 homers for the cost of pennies on the dollar. 

-It was typical Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer on Thursday as he retired 9 of 10 batters and seems primed for yet another Cy Young run.  Now the clear number 1 fantasy baseball starter by a mile, there is a ton of mileage on Scherzer already but he seems safe for at least one more season. 

-New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went yard for the second time this spring on Thursday as he looks as spry as he has in years.  We all know the other show can drop at a moment's notice in terms of the annual injury woes of Tulo but he seems like a very good buy low candidate while he is standing upright. 

-It was a nice 2-for-3 day for New York Mets first base prospect Pete Alonso who is doing everything he can with the bat to claim the starter's gig to begin the season.  The defense is going to be a clear work in progress for Alonso but his stick already seems capable of 30 home runs without much effort. 

-Fresh off signing a new contract, St. Louis Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas tossed three scoreless frames on Thursday.  Now Mikolas had to dance out of trouble throughout as he gave up five hits and only stuck out one but the crafty veteran seems set to be an asset again.  What needs to be mentioned though is that Mikolas will likely have to adjust back to hitters this season as the latter no doubt went to town on video of him during the winter and given the lack of K's, a rise in ratios is likely.

-Count this peanut stand as major boosters of Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty who punched out five in two IP while giving up two runs.  Flaherty had a monster K/9 rate last season and seems primed to reach near ace-status in 2019. 

-Cardinals top closer candidate Jordan Hicks punched out three of the four batters he faced on Thursday as he begins to stake his claim to the gig.  While Hicks still has to prove himself worth of being the outright guy, he has the high velocity to be a major asset there. 


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