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Brandon McCarthy not sharp again

Sun, Mar 29th 9:54pm EDT
By Stan Son

LAD

Brandon McCarthy had his second rough outing in a row Sunday against the Texas Rangers. In 5 2/3 innings pitched, McCarthy yielded three earned runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out four. In 14 2/3 innings pitched this spring, McCarthy has compiled a 6.75 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and .328 AVG against.

Fantasy Impact: Not a great spring for McCarthy. The good news is that he's still healthy and the Dodgers will be relying on him because of the Hyun-Jin Ryu injury. I still like him as a relatively cheap option as he's currently the #93 starting pitcher, but I would much rather have Taijuan Walker, who is the #97 pitcher.

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Ross has mowed down all nine hitters he's faced in his last three appearances, putting him back in the competition for one of the final spots in the bullpen, the Providence Journal reports. His scoreless inning Friday against the Braves featured punchouts of Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman. (Source: Providence Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Robbie Ross has had knee problems early in camp and it looked like there was a chance that he may not may the major league club for the start of the season. But Ross has picked it up of late and is working his way into a spot in the bullpen. Boston traded prospect Anthony Ranaudo for Ross and they think highly of him so he should see plenty of time with the team this year.


Blazek went 3.2 innings Sunday against Oakland allowing three runs on four hits in the Brewers 7-0 loss. Blazek also walked four but did manage to strike out four A's batters.

Fantasy Impact: Blazek trying to make a late impression on the Brewers is likely to be on the roster as a long reliever or sent to Triple-A Nashville and become a spot start candidate at some point during the season. At this time, he's not worth fantasy consideration.

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Russell really struggled against left-handed hitters this spring. So badly, in fact, that the Braves chose to eat $604,000.00 owed him from a $2.4M arbitration settlement reached in January. He had a 12.27 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP against left-handers this spring, extending the troubles he had against them last season. (Source: Mark Bowman)

Fantasy Impact: Louis Avilan, Josh Outman, and Brady Fiegl are the lefties still competing for spots. Fantasy wise there is really nothing here that would affect rosters in any format unless you need deep relief-pitching.

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Jung -Ho Kang heating up

Sun, Mar 29th 9:06pm EDT
By Daniel Marcus

PIT

Kang singled and homered in the Pirates 4-2 win Sunday. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kang is starting to heat up after breaking an 0-15 streak earlier in the weekend. Monitor his early season success and be ready to claim him on waivers if you are looking for an option at shortstop.


Rob Refsynder went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI, this afternoon against the Houston Astros. Refsnyder is now batting .343 (12-for-35) this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the impressive performance at the plate this spring, in all likelihood, Rob Refsnyder will start the year off in the minors. The young second base prospect still needs to work on his defense, before finding himself on the major league roster. When asked of his impressions of Refsnyder and fellow prospect Jose Pirela, GM Brian Cashman said today, "I think they've shown they have some development still to go, despite the bats." Both players should be good candidates for dynasty leagues, as they will either see playing time with the Yankees this season, or possibly be part of a trade package.

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Stephen Drew continued his hitting streak against the Houston Astros this afternoon, going 1-for-4 with a run scored. He is now hitting .244 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: After hitting just .167 a few days ago, Stephen Drew now has a three game hitting streak going. He has 5 hits in his last 9 at bats. This is his first full spring training in a long time, so perhaps the extra work is benefitting the veteran second baseman.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob DeGrom is shining this Spring, pitching 22 innings and allowing only 6 runs on 14 hits. His K/BB ratio is a stellar 21/4.

Fantasy Impact: DeGrom finished last season with a 2.69 ERA and 144 Ks in 140.1 innings. He will be counted on more this season with Zack Wheeler out for the year. DeGrom was the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year and should improve on his impressive numbers this season. He should absolutely be owned in any fantasy league.


Atlanta Braves reliever Jason Grilli has thrown 5 innings this Spring and has a 1.80 ERA, allowing only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 5.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli should serve as Craig Kimbrel's primary setup man but will likely have very little fantasy value unless Kimbrel is injured. Grilli finished 2014 with an even 4.00 ERA and 57 Ks in 54 innings. He may hold some value in leagues that count holds, but you can likely find a better option on a team that will win more games.


With the news that Koji Uehara is unlikely ready for the beginning of the season, Edward Mujica is expected to begin the season as the Red Sox's closer according to WEEI. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Edward Mujica filled in for Koji Uehara at the end of the season last year and did a solid job which should lead to his being made closer while Uehara recovers from his current injury. Mujica is a good short term pickup if you are in need of saves.


After hitting .321 in 56 at-bats, showing some good speed on the base paths, and admirable defensive skills this Spring Training, Odubel Herrera will start the season as the Phillies' starting CF. Ben Revere will be shifted to LF in an attempt to hide his weak arm. (Source: NBCSports )

Fantasy Impact: Now that Herrera has a for-sure starting role, he should be added in a good number of leagues. He has nice average and steal upside, as well as having very good position eligibility. He is a 2B by trade, has SS eligibility, and will add OF to his available spots a few weeks into the season.


Nathan Eovaldi threw 4.2 shutout innings on Sunday, allowing three hits and striking out five without walking a batter.

Fantasy Impact: Nathan Eovaldi is now sporting a 0.66 ERA on the spring after another impressive outing on Sunday. His stock heading into the season is rising and pitching in pinstripes will hopefully serve his fantasy owners well. As a late round pick in most drafts, Eovaldi could be a steal in 2015, but only time will tell.

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As the starting DH Sunday afternoon against the New York Yankees, Evan Gattis went 2 for 4 with a single, a double and a strikeout. His batting average has now risen to a stellar .385 throughout Spring Training. This puts him second in batting average among projected regular season starters, just behind third baseman Luis Valbuena. (Source: Astros.com)

Fantasy Impact: Solidifying his hitting style towards making more contact, Gattis is proving once and for all why GM Jeff Lunhow worked tirelessly to get him from the Atlanta Braves this past off season. If you are not able to draft him early on your fantasy roster, then trade for him with other players in your league. Either way, you won't be sorry with Evan Gattis around.

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Miami Marlins pitcher David Phelps came out of the bullpen on Sunday and pitched 2 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 2.

Fantasy Impact: The outing actually nearly doubled his Grapefruit League ERA to an even 1.00. With Tom Koehler struggling to get outs and Phelps excelling every time he's on the mound, the Marlins fifth starter competition may get interesting. Koehler will likely start the year in the rotation and Phelps in the bullpen, but a few poor outings by Koehler may cause the roles to switch.

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Miami Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler had another rough outing on Sunday against the Washington Nationals, allowing 6 runs and 10 hits in 4 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Koehler struck out 3 and walked 2, while allowing 3 homeruns on the afternoon. He will almost certainly break camp as the team's fifth starter, but with solid options like David Phelps and Brad Hand available, his leash may not be as long as expected. While Spring stats shouldn't matter much, Koehler can be ignored in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues until he can show the consistency he displayed last season.

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Miami Marlins righty Henderson Alvarez was officially named the Opening Day starter by manager Mike Redmond. (Source: Juan C. Rodriguez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez gets the nod after going 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA in 2014. He'll be followed in the rotation by some combination of Mat Latos, Jarred Cosart, Dan Haren, and Tom Koehler. Alvarez has always been a better "real life" pitcher than a fantasy one, but he should provide wins and a good ERA despite his relative lack of strikeouts.


Robbie Grossman started in left field on Sunday afternoon against the New York Yankees. Unfortunately at the plate, he went 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts while leaving one man on base. (Source: Astros.com)

Fantasy Impact: Grossman is still fighting to get the 4th outfielder spot. His .349 Grapefruit League average is helping to prove his case for, at the very least, being a regular bench player during the 2015 regular season.

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Johnson now has a slash line of .286/.348/.452 with an OPS of .800. He had a terrible year last season and is working hard to recover his swing with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is worth keeping an eye on but be wary. He projects to play regularly at 3B for the Braves but he will be on a shortened leash if he slides back to reflect a poor 2014.

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Colby Rasmus went 0 for 3 on Sunday afternoon against the New York Yankees. He punched a strikeout and left a man on base as well. (Source: Astros.com)

Fantasy Impact: Rasmus has a batting average that currently stands at questionable and slightly disheartening .208. While he is the projected starting center fielder, his bat must do more to come alive. Otherwise, Marisnick or Grossman may steal center field right out from underneath him.

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He also recorded four strikeouts and one walk. Miller has pitched well his last four outings and appears ready for a strong season. In 18.1 innings pitched, he sports a nifty 3.44 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP.

Fantasy Impact: Miller showed great promise before faltering last year. Perhaps a change of scenery has helped, adding value in the later rounds of fantasy drafts. Be mindful that the Braves offense is young and could be anemic in run production but other stats should be fine.

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