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Jed Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a single, walk, and a HR against the Braves on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Lowrie hit his first homer of the spring, and it seems increasingly likely that a bounceback season is in order. Lowrie is a top-10 SS in fantasy when healthy, and you can get him late in drafts because he is often overlooked. Take him if you want to wait on SS and need a little pop.

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Chris Carter went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk against the Braves on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: It was another rough day for Carter as he has now struckout six times in the last two games. Carter is a pure power bat, with 40+ HR potential, but the strikeout and batting average drawbacks are significant. If you can make up for that then draft him around the 5th/6th rounds in mixed leagues.

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Jonathan Singleton went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against the Braves on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Singleton is mired in an atrocious 2-for-32 slump and has almost certainly played his way out of the 1B job for the Astros. Singleton shouldn't be drafted even in AL-Only leagues at this point, despite his power potential.

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Adam Wainwright has been offically named the opening day starter against the Cubs Sunday night. He had a solid outing today going 6.2 IP, while throwing 93 pitches. (Source: Rick Hummel)

Fantasy Impact: Being named the opening day starter is great news, and helps aid the injury issues. Barring any future problems, Wainwright should be his usual Cy Young contending self.

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Asher Wojciechowski allowed four earned runs on five hits in 4 1/3 IP against the Braves. He also walked one and struckout three.

Fantasy Impact: This was the first bad outing of the spring for Wojchiechowski and it couldn't have come at a worse time as he was still potentially in the running for a SP spot if Brett Oberholtzer wasn't ready to go. Woj could still earn a spot with the club, but this could be the excuse used for him being sent down to AAA. Wojciechowski isn't draftable in any format unless he is guaranteed the SP spot, and even then his upside is uncertain.

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Ryan Braun extended his spring training hitting streak on Tuesday, going 1-2 at the plate with an RBI and one run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Braun continues to stay hot and its a nice sign, especially after the Tuesday morning news that indicated he is no longer feeling pain in his thumb. Braun will hit third for the Brewers and provides great fantasy value as a 3rd-4th round pick in drafts.

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Blake Swihart went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI as the Red Sox beat a Rays split-squad 11-8 on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: With starting catcher Christian Vasquez going on the 60 day DL and there really being no strong alternatives to replace him, Red Sox fans as well as fantasy owners are hopeful Blake Swihart gets an opportunity in the big leagues. Swihart has helped his cause this spring with some strong hitting, he has hit .333 this spring with a home run. But Boston will remain patient with their catching prospect and he will more than likely start the season in Triple A.

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Ryan Howard continues to struggle at the plate, as he's has been tinkering with his batting stance this spring. Howard went 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. He walked twice and scored two runs, but has struck out 20 times in 63 at bats and has an OPS of under .600.

Fantasy Impact: Howard's overall offensive production has been in a downward spiral since his Achilles injury a few years ago. He hit 23 home runs last season, but appears to have very little fantasy value at this stage of his career if he isn't hitting the long ball.

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Tuesday against a Rays split squad team Junichi Tazawa gave up a 2nd inning 3 run home run to prospect Daniel Robertson. Tazawa rebounded to strikeout the final 2 hitters of the inning.

Fantasy Impact: Prior to this hiccup Tazawa has had a very typical spring for him posting a 1.50 ERA and 4 K's in 6 innings. There's really not much to worry about here with Tazawa who has occasionally been tagged with a HR here and there in his career as a Boston RP. If Tazawa is someone that you are looking at because your league rewards Holds you can still count on his K/9 rate around 9.0, a mid 2.00's ERA and a low 1.00 WHIP.

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Carlos Gomez led off for the Brewers on Tuesday and went 0-2 before he was removed. He struck once and drew a walk, scoring a run in the process.

Fantasy Impact: This represents Gomez's floor as a leadoff hitter. Perfectly capable of getting on base and scoring runs on days when he isn't slugging home runs.. Gomez is a top 10 hitter. Draft him comfortably towards the back of the first round.

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Jonathan Lucroy was perfect at the plate on Tuesday, going 3-3 with three singles and scoring a run.

Fantasy Impact: Lucroy has been fantastic all spring training. He came into Tuesday batting .469 in Arizona as he looks to build on a fantastic 2014 campaign. Lucroy can provide more value this year as he will see more starts at first base in an effort to get his bat in the lineup on days he doesn't catch.

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Nolan Arenado crushes 3-run slam

Tue, Mar 31st 7:06pm EDT
By Kyle Smith

COL

Nolan Arenado faced off against Tim Lincecum and the Giants on Tuesday and he went deep in the fifth inning for a 3-run home run. It was his only hit of the game, going 1-5, but he certainly made it count.

Fantasy Impact: Arenado is poised for a big breakout in 2015. He has battled injuries in his early career but he has displayed all the tools that can make him an elite 3B. Arenado now has five home runs on the spring and is batting .286. He is making his way towards to the top of the 3B ranks in all fantasy leagues.

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After his start with the AAA team on Tuesday, Wade Miley said that he planned on making his first start for the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium presumably on April 10th. Otherwise, Miley continued his strong spring going 6.2 innings and allowing 1 run on 4 hits against the Twins AAA squad. (Source: Rob Bradford - WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Don't read too much into Miley starting at the AAA camp Tuesday. Boston's scheduled Major League game was against the Rays, and the team did not want to expose him to a division rival any more than necessary. Depending on the outcome of Boston's catching situation Miley could be a good source Wins (bostered by a strong offense) and some K's with an average ERA and a WHIP you can live with.

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The Braves had thought that Almonte would make a push to make the final roster and perhaps even push for the LF position but he faltered this spring, sporting a .245/.243/.265 slash line in 49 at-bats. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Almonte has promise but he needs further development and this move will give him the opportunity to play everyday and increase his skill-set. We may see him back with the club sometime this season but currently he holds no fantasy value.

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Rusney Castillo goes 3 for 6

Tue, Mar 31st 6:43pm EDT
By Chris McCoy

BOS

Tuesday against a Ray's split squad team Rusney Castillo hit 2nd in the lineup going 3 for 6 with all of hits going for singles. Castillo scored 1 run as a part of Boston's 9 run 9th inning and was caught stealing in the 1st.

Fantasy Impact: Part of Castillo's appeal is that he heads to plate looking to swing the bat each and every appearance. This aggressiveness won't help him in the OBP department, but he could rack up a bunch of doubles playing half of his games at Fenway Park. While Castillo is fast and a very smart baseball player, he may not produce the kind of steals many are projecting (~20) due to his less than spectacular acceleration.

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Joe Wieland gave up nine total hits but none that were hit particularly hard Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. He ended up surrending two earned runs but one of the runs was off a sacrifice fly after Heisey and Crawford misplayed a ball in the outfield allowing runners to advance to second and third. Wieland did not walk anyone and struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: Wieland was a piece in the Matt Kemp trade. He had Tommy John surgery in 2013 but looks to be back as his Spring Training numbers prior to today's game were: 9 IP, 9 Ks, 3 BB, 1.00 ERA, and 1.111 WHIP. Wieland is a candidate to fill in at the back of the Dodgers rotation until Hyun-Jin Ryu is ready. Wieland has excellent control and a low-to-mid 90s fastball, solid changeup, and good curveball.

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Luke Gregerson has been named the closer for the Houston Astros. (Source: Astros.com)

Fantasy Impact: This announcement was expected as Gregerson has been great all spring, and was the favorite to get the closer job heading into camp. Gregerson has never been a closer for a full season, but his numbers have been great in other relief roles, so the hope is that they'll translate to 9th inning success. Gregerson is a late-round grab in fantasy mixed leagues, but one with high upside if he can keep the position all season.

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Andre Ethier was taken for precautionary x-rays after being hit by a pitch on his right elbow. The x-rays were negative, and Ethier is considered likely to be available on Thursday. (Source: Dylan Hernandez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ethier avoided a broken bone and will not miss any meaningful time. Manager Don Mattingly has yet to formally announce the Dodgers' Opening Day outfield, but Ethier appears to be fifth in line for at-bats heading into the season, behind Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford, and Scott Van Slyke. He offers little to no upside in fantasy, and he should not be drafted in even the deepest of leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Jayson Werth got his first three at-bats of the spring in a minor-league game (a double, walk, and groundout). He reported that he is not yet 100 percent, but is able to take "normal" swings without pain. (Source: Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: Werth estimated he is a couple of weeks behind where he would be if he had started spring training healthy. Expect him to start the season on the DL and be ready for the Red Sox series (April 13-15).

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Both have had good springs which provides some relief to skipper Fredi Gonzalez. Grilli has a 3.00 ERA with a .83 WHIP, along with seven strikeouts and no walks while Johnson has a 1.69 ERA along with a 1.61 WHIP, along with one strikeout and two walks.

Fantasy Impact: The Braves will struggle to get to .500 this year and that limits the fantasy value of either player. That and some sort platoon in the role further restricts any upside. However, both will score holds for those insistent on rostering one or both.