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Randal Grichuk hit his fourth home run of the spring in Sunday's game against the Tigers as he took Tigers starter Daniel Norris out for a two-run shot in the third inning.

Fantasy Impact: Grichuk certainly has power but has been known to be streaky and can struggle with his batting average. The slugger has an everyday spot in the Blue Jays outfield and should provide fantasy owners with plenty of home runs.

Raisel Iglesias allowed three runs in one inning of work in the Reds' 4-3 spring loss to the Rockies on Sunday. He struck out one and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: Iglesias hasn't had the best spring, having allowed seven earned runs in nine inning of work thus far. Still, Iglesias is the best reliever in Cincinnati and should get the most saves opportunities for the club, even if Manager David Bell says Iglesias may not be used in every save situation.

Sonny Gray K's seven Sunday

Sun, Mar 24th 7:51pm EDT
By Elliott Baas

Sonny Gray allowed one run over five innings in the Reds' 4-3 spring loss to the Rockies on Sunday. He struck out seven and walked zero.

Fantasy Impact: Gray has had a nice spring thus far, having allowed just one run in ten innings of work. The 29-year-old right-hander will look to bounce back from a disastrous 2018 campaign that saw Gray post a 4.90 ERA and 3.94 BB/9 with the Yankees. The hope is that a move to Cincinnati will help Gray return to the pitcher he was with Oakland, and if his .326 BABIP can normalize Gray should be a sub-4 ERA pitcher once again.

Freddy Peralta struck out six over 3 1/3 innings on Sunday versus the Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Peralta allowed just one run in his first start after being named to the Brewers' rotation. The 22-year-old isn't yet a finished product but has plenty of strikeout upside in his profile, which will make him an interesting streaming candidate to begin the year.

German Marquez allowed just one hit over three scoreless innings in Sunday's Cactus League game versus the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Marquez struck out four in what was a nice rebound from his disastrous start last time out. The 24-year-old had a brilliant second half in 2018, which makes him a high-upside starter to target in the middle rounds of drafts right now. There's always risk with pitchers who throw half their games in Coors Field, but Marquez was so dominant in the second half last year that he's someone to be excited about right now.

Gerrit Cole allowed three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings on Sunday versus the Mets, striking out five and walking one.

Fantasy Impact: Cole is a very exciting pitcher to grab in fantasy drafts after his breakout season in 2018. The 28-year-old pitched just over 200 innings while striking out 276 hitters and posting a 2.88 ERA. There's plenty of reason to think he can repeat a similar level of performance this season.

Patrick Corbin allowed three runs on 10 hits in six innings of work on Sunday versus the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Corbin struck out seven and walked one in what was his final spring start. The $140 million man is looking to follow up last season's 246 strikeout performance. He's being drafted as a high-end SP2 right now, which sounds right.

Jeff McNeil went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and four RBI as the Mets beat the Nationals 8-4 on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: McNeil will open the season as an everyday player for the Mets and carries some deeper league fantasy upside thanks to his strong spring. The 26-year-old should play third base to open the season and will likely also be used in the outfield at times.

Andrew Cashner allowed a run on two hits over two innings in his final spring start Sunday against the Pirates. Cashner served up a solo homer to Jung Ho Kang for the one run against him.

Fantasy Impact: Cashner pitched well in his final start but finishes the spring with an underwhelming 5.87 ERA. The veteran starter went 4-15 with a 5.29 ERA in 2018 and should be avoided in fantasy.

James Paxton gave up two runs to the Twins over 5 2/3 innings in his final spring tuneup Sunday. Paxton scattered six hits and a walk, striking out five in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Paxton had a good spring in his first season with the Yankees. The lefty has always pitched well when he is on the mound but the biggest issue with him is staying healthy. He has never avoided injuries is his MLB career with last year being the most innings he pitched at 160. If Paxton can avoid the injured list he could be a top ten fantasy pitcher in 2019.

Logan Allen hit hard on Sunday

Sun, Mar 24th 5:47pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

Logan Allen was pounded for six earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning on Sunday versus the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Allen surrendered six hits without issuing any walks. The 21-year-old simply didn't have it today, which could end his bid to win the team's fifth starter job. That honor will likely go to Cal Quantrill. Still, Allen should get some starts at some point this season.

Tommy Pham went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in an 8-7 Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Pham is having a strong spring training at the plate as he's hitting .326 overall with three doubles across 46 spring at-bats. Pham currently has an ADP of 61 in fantasy drafts and should be targeted in the early rounds for owners needing outfield help.

Roberto Osuna struck out one in a scoreless inning on Saturday versus the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Osuna will open the year as the Astros' closer and should be in line for plenty of saves this season. The 24-year-old didn't compile his usual strikeout numbers last season so it'll be interesting to see if that corrects itself in 2019.

Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double in Houston's 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Altuve is a popular bounce back candidate this year after dealing with a knee injury in 2018. He had a problem with his oblique this spring but it isn't expected to be a lingering issue. The former MVP is an excellent pick anywhere in the first round of fantasy drafts.

Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI as the Cubs fell to the Rockies on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Baez got off to a slow start this spring but now has his average all the way up to .333. He's going off draft boards very early for someone with only one year of putting up elite fantasy stats, but if Baez puts up numbers similar to last year he'll be a highly valuable commodity once again.

Jon Lester allowed six runs on nine hits over four innings of work on Saturday versus the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Lester also struck out four and walked one. The veteran southpaw didn't have a great spring but fantasy players shouldn't read into that at all. There are reasons to be concerned with Lester this season, mainly the obvious regression coming for his ERA, but his poor spring isn't one of them.

Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-4 with a triple as the Rockies took down the Cubs 11-6 on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: The veteran outfielder isn't having a strong spring but fantasy players know better than to take Cactus League stats too seriously. Blackmon is a great value in fantasy drafts whenever he lasts until the third round.

Ryan McMahon went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI as the Rockies beat the Cubs 11-6 on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: McMahon once again played second base, which is another sign he's the favorite for that everyday job. Garrett Hampson is having a big spring as well but McMahon is the preferred fantasy option right now.

Nolan Arenado went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a single, two runs scored, and an RBI in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Arenado is having a fantastic spring, hitting .392 with a 1.181 OPS. He's one of the safest options to take in the first-round of fantasy drafts this year.

Avisail Garcia went 3-for-3 and knocked in two runs as the Rays edged the Pirates 3-2 on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia has had a good spring hitting .316 at the plate. The veteran slugger is slated to be the fourth outfielder going into the season but if he can find a way into an everyday role he could be worth owning in deeper fantasy formats.