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Ryan Brasier set down the side in order, striking out one, in the fifth inning of Wednesday's spring game against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Brasier has now allowed three hits and one run while striking out four without a walk over five spring innings. The veteran reliever is fighting for a spot in the bullpen and is coming off a 2019 season when he finished with seven saves games but had blown four others.

Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in Wednesday's spring game against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Lucroy is now 6-for-20 at the plate in Grapefruit League action this spring. The veteran catcher is battling Kevin Plawecki for the backup job behind Christian Vasquez and if he does win the job will not play enough to be worth owning in fantasy.

Mets reliever Dellin Betances walked one and did not allow a hit or strike out a batter in a scoreless inning in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Betances signed a one-year deal with the Mets in an attempt to rebuild his value after an injury-plagued 2019 cost him pretty much the entire year. He will like share setup duties ahead of incumbent closer Edwin Diaz, as long as he can prove that he is all the way back from his 2019 ailments.

Mets reliever Edwin Diaz did not a allow a baserunner or strike out a batter over the course of a scoreless inning in Wednesday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz is looking to rebound from an awful 2019 that saw him pitch to a 5.59 ERA. He will open the season as the closer in New York, but he could be on a short leash if he once again struggles with command (and results) early in the year.

Marlins reliever Brandon Kintzler did not allow a baserunner over an inning of work on Wednesday, earning his third hold of the Spring.

Fantasy Impact: Kintzler is expected to begin the year as the closer in Miami, though it is not a given that he keeps the job for the entire season. With the rebuilding Marlins likely to sell at the trade deadline, Kintzler could be a midseason trade candidate. On top of that, the veteran right-hander will have to hold off in-house candidate Ryne Stanek for the job.

Mets leadoff man Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 in Wednesday's win versus the Cardinals, along with an RBI and scoring a pair of runs.

Fantasy Impact: McNeil continues to look like he'll be a consistent real-life and fantasy producer in 2020. His spring batting average sits at .462, with 12 hits in 26 at-bats, to go with a .500 OBP. Draft with confidence.

Marlins first baseman Garrett Cooper went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the New York Yankees. The steal was his first of the Spring.

Fantasy Impact: Cooper had trouble staying on the field in 2019, but when he did he was an above-average contributor, batting .281 with 52 runs scored, 15 home runs, and 50 RBI in parts of 107 games.

Mets outfielder J.D. Davis went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI in Wednesday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The home run was his first of the Spring.

Fantasy Impact: Davis was a breakout performer last season and was a valuable waiver-wire add for many fantasy owners. The problem is that he only got a chance to play in 2019 because of injuries, and he doesn't have a clear path to everyday playing time in 2020.

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double in Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz is batting .435 this spring with a 1.371 OPS. Despite his limited positional eligibility, he is still an offensive powerhouse that could return quite a bit of value in drafts. His ADP is currently sitting at 84.

Yandy Diaz went 2-for-3 with two singles in the Rays' 3-1 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz is hitting .345 this spring and is eligible at both first and third base on most fantasy sites. The 28-year-old could be a nice corner infield option to pick up late in drafts.

Brandon Lowe went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the Rays' loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Lowe is hitting .350 with a 1.000 OPS so far this spring. The second baseman was on track to win American League Rookie of the Year before getting injured last season. He's a nice late-round option for fantasy teams in need of help at the keystone.

Hunter Renfroe went 0-for-2 with a walk in the Rays' 3-1 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday evening.

Fantasy Impact: Renfroe dealt with foot and ankle injuries last season but showed up to Rays camp feeling "100 percent". He is off to a slow start this spring but is expected to serve as Tampa's primary right fielder this year.

Nick Anderson tossed a scoreless inning on Wednesday against Boston, striking out two while allowing one hit and two walks.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson has now thrown five scoreless innings this spring, striking out six while allowing three walks. He struck out a whopping 110 batters in just 65 innings between the Marlins and Rays last year. He is expected to get the majority of save chances for Tampa Bay this season, but don't be surprised if the club plays matchups in the late innings at times as well.

Shane McClanahan threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: The 22-year-old lefty allowed two hits and a walk while striking out one. McClanahan reportedly hit triple digits with his fastball in this one. If he can control his walks he has a chance to contribute with the Rays in 2020.

Marco Gonzalez went 3 1/3 innings allowing four hits, two runs (one earned), two walks, with five strike outs Wednesday against the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez has a 7.71 Cactus League ERA and all signs point to a regression from last years win total, ERA, and WHIP. Gonzalez does not miss many bats either, there are plenty of other late round starting pitchers to take a flyer on.

Ken Giles pitched a scoreless inning and struck out one batter on Wednesday in the Blue Jays' Grapefruit League win over the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Giles comes into 2020 with a solid hold on the closer's role after finishing 2019 with a 23 saves, 1.87 ERA and 83/17 K/BB ratio across 53 innings. Giles should be drafted in all fantasy formats.

Chase Anderson gave up one run on three hits with a walk over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in Grapefruit League play against the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson was picked up from the Brewers in the off-season to bolster the team's pitching depth. Anderson is being counted on to break camp in the middle of the Jays' rotation and at least give the club consistent, serviceable innings and is only worth owning in deeper fantasy formats.

Luis Cessa struck out seven batters in 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday against the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Cessa was mentioned by general manager Brian Cashman early in February as a potential starter in the absence of James Paxton (back) and Domingo German (suspension), but manager Aaron Boone indicated that Cessa would pitch in relief. Cessa looks like he will be in a long relief role and will not be fantasy relevant.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-1 with a run scored and a walk in his Grapefruit League game against the Rays on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Bogaerts had been dealing with a sore ankle early in camp and got a late start to spring action. The 27-year-old slugger had a career year in 2019 with 33 home runs and 117 RBI and should be one of the first shortstops drafted in fantasy drafts.

Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-3 with two RBI on Wednesday in a Grapefruit League battle against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Bradley has been red hot at the plate this spring for the Red Sox hitting .414 with a .452 on-base percentage. The veteran outfielder can be streaky but if he is hitting like this to start the season he would be worth adding in deeper fantasy leagues.

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