Ryan Braun (RF)
Braun went 1-for-2 with an RBI double to left field in the Brewers 15-1 win over Seattle Thursday. Braun raised his spring batting average to .296.
Fantasy Impact: It wasn't that long ago that Braun was searching for his first spring hit. It appears Braun is now ready for the season. Draft and play him with confidence in all formats.
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Braun went 3-4 Wednesday against Oakland and drove in a run in the Brewers 9-9 spring training tie. He raised his spring batting average to .280.
Fantasy Impact: For someone who struggled during the first part of spring, Braun seems to be heating up just in time for the season. The thumb that was injured last season appears to be holding up so far. Braun's average draft position is 33.
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Braun went 1-3 on the day hitting his second home run of the spring to straight away center field in the fifth inning off Jeff Samardzija.
Fantasy Impact: Those who had concerns about Braun in the early portions of spring have to be encouraged to see his bat starting to pick up. He's coming off missing several games last season with a thumb injury so a slow start was expected. Fantasy owners have to hope this recent power surge is a sign of things to come this season.
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Ryan Braun has stumbled out of the gate so far this spring. He has failed to record a hit through 12 plate appearances and has struck out five times. He has also walked three times.
Fantasy Impact: While not recording a hit thus far this spring isn't necessarily a big deal for Braun, he is coming off a career-low .266 batting average in 2014. Braun's numbers were down all across the board last year and he may be showing signs of regression. He should still be drafted as an elite outfielder but don't be caught off guard by a continued slump.
Mon, Feb 23rd 1:36pm EST
By Robert Klein
Braun underwent a surgical procedure in October to relieve an inflamed nerve in his right hand. Braun looks like he should be ready to resume all baseball activities and is set to begin the season in right field after coming off an injury-plagued 2014. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Braun played in 135 games in 2014, hitting .266 with 19 home runs and 81 runs batted in. If healthy Braun should put up 20+ home runs again however his days of hitting 41 like he did in 2012 are likely over. Monitor his progress to make sure his hand holds up during game action this spring.