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Thursday, February 28, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

-Be sure to get yourself some shares of Cleveland Indians 23-year-old pitching prospect Shane Bieber who tossed two scoreless frames with one K Wednesday and has some of the best control we have ever seen from someone so young.  With Bieber not beating himself with walks, the potent strikeout potential and upside is even greater and so an aggressive draft stab here is warranted.

-Greg Bird cracked a home run on Wednesday as he continues to swing a hot bat and make Luke Voit earn the starting 1B gig.  Now it does need to be said that Bird has a history of going nuts in spring training and then turning into mush when the games begin to count and we haven't even touched the injury issues.  Bird still retains some intriguing enough upside given his power bat but he is still a long ways away from being fantasy baseball-worthy again.

-Another young hurler I really like is the San Diego Padres' Joey Luchessi who gave up one run in two IP Wednesday.  Luchessi has a funky delivery that elicits a bunch of strikeouts and we all know his home ballpark is tremendous for a pitcher.  With a draft price that remains very affordable, Luchessi needs to be in an elevated sleeper position on your cheat sheets.

-Rafael Devers is looking to put a rough 2018 campaign behind him and he is off to a nice start there after going 3-for-3 with a homer on Wednesday.  Devers has easy power that jives well with Fenway Park and with a draft price that has gone down some this spring, the buying opportunity is very attractive.

-Mike Leake tossed three scoreless frames for the Seattle Mariners on Saturday but we all know there are limitations here such as a lack of K's and overall average stuff.  Still, Leake is a heady player who knows how to get outs and has often posted some very useful ERA's.  He retains SP 5 value for at least one more season given the advantages of his spacious ballpark.

-Yonder Alonso went yard for the second game in a row and since changing his launch angle, the veteran became a late-blooming power hitter to the tune of around 22-25 homers.  Of course in today's game that is a bit of a mediocre total and with a shaky average being part of the tradeoff, Pete Alonso is the only Alonso we are interested in.

-Trevor Story clubbed his first spring homer as he looks to build off his ridiculous performance in 2018 when he upped his steals by a wide margin and also finally hit for average.  It is certainly a lot to ask for Story to repeat such a performance and remember the dangers of paying for a career year.  Be that as it may, Story is a supremely gifted athlete who already has the advantages of Coors Field.

-It was an eye-opening spring debut for A's top pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo who punched out three in two scoreless frames as the hype will only grow from here.  Luzardo throws some real gas and he would be a lock for rotation to begin the year if not for the arbitration fiasco.  Draft the kid with confidence as he could be a real difference-maker right away.

-We were reminded of the top-notch ability of San Diego Padres hitting prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. on Tuesday as he went yard for the second game in a row and really is looking like someone who will be up real soon once the season gets underway.  Like I said yesterday, there will some strikeout problems but Tatis Jr. is the real deal.  

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