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Corey Seager went 1-for-2 with an RBI single on Sunday as the Dodgers beat the A's 2-1 on Cactus League Opening Day.

Fantasy Impact: The reigning NLCS and World Series MVP knocked in the Dodgers first run of the 2021 (unofficial) season with an RBI single to score Zach McKinstry in the top of the third inning. Seager was phenomenal for the Dodgers last year when he slashed .307/.358/.585 with 15 home runs and 41 RBI over 212 at-bats. He was even better in the postseason and was a huge part of LA claiming their first World Series title since 1988. He's a top-8 option at the shortstop position in fantasy baseball, which makes him a third-round pick in standard leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Buster Posey went 1-for-1 with a walk and a single in his Cactus League debut on Sunday as the Giants lost to the Angels 5-2.

Fantasy Impact: Posey started behind the dish on Sunday and was replaced by Chadwick Tromp in the top of the fourth inning. Posey sat out the entire 2020 season and should be well rested for this season. He's a career .302/.370/.456 hitter and is a solid option at the shallowest position in fantasy baseball this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Zac Gallen pitched two scoreless innings in his Cactus League debut on Sunday. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out one in Arizona's 5-2 loss to the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Gallen struggled with his command in the first inning when he walked back-to-back batters before settling down. He then gave up back-to-back singles in the second inning but he stranded the runners in both cases so no real damage was done. The 25-year-old righty was a stud for the D-backs last season when he registered a 2.75 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 82:25 K/BB ratio over 72 innings. He should once again operate as Arizona's ace this year and is a quality SP2 option in fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps


Mitch Haniger went 1-for-2 with a run scored in the Mariners spring training win over the Padres Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Haniger reached on an infield single in the first inning before he eventually scored on an RBI single by Kyle Seager. It was the first action Haniger has seen since the 2019 season when he fouled a pitch off himself, which led to a ruptured testicle and resulted in surgery. Haniger will be on a prove-it year in his return from the lost 2020 shortened season. He was a legitimate MVP candidate for the first half of the 2018 season, ultimately hitting .285 with 26 home runs.

Category: Game Recaps


Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales threw two innings Sunday against the Padres, allowing one (unearned) run on two hits with one walk.

Fantasy Impact: The run was scored on a throwing error by second baseman Dylan Moore. Gonzales was named the opening day starter for the third straight season, coming off an impressive 2020 campaign where the Gonzaga product registered a 3.10 ERA. He is not going to be a heavy strikeout pitcher, but will continue to work quickly and efficiently.

Category: Game Recaps


Seattle Mariners prospect Julio Rodriguez hit a walk-off single in the team's opening spring training game Sunday, resulting in a 5-4 win for the Mariners over the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: The Mariners youth was shining in Peoria Sunday as Rodriguez's single scored Jarred Kelenic to win the game. Rodriguez and Kelenic are the top-two prospects in the Mariners organization, and two of the top prospects in the whole league for that matter. There is a chance Kelenic makes the opening day roster this season with a strong spring training, while Rodriguez likely won't be called up till late this season at the very earliest, if not next year.

Category: Game Recaps


Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (elbow) won’t pitch in Monday’s simulated game as scheduled. (Source: Jeff Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Mikolas “won’t pitch in a simulated game Monday.” “For now it’s caution. We’ll see what it is later.” He missed the entire 2020 campaign recovering from surgery on the flexor tendon in his right forearm. Mikolas will have his simulated game pushed back and it is unclear when he will face live hitters during Spring Training.

Category: Injury Updates


Giants OF Austin Slater is dealing hamstring tightness following Sunday’s loss to the Angels. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Slater is dealing with a tight hamstring and went hitless in his one at-bat during Sunday’s loss to the Angels. It is unclear if or how much time Slater will miss due to his hamstring injury. Slater is currently day-to-day.

Category: Injury Updates


White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal (knee) “ramped up” his hitting and is expected to return soon. (Source: James Fegan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Grandal twisted his knee in drills and will miss the first few games due to inflammation. He is expected to return to action soon and should be ready by Opening Day. Grandal is currently fifth among all catchers in the latest expert consensus draft rankings for 2021.

Category: Injury Updates


Padres OF Tommy Pham estimated he’s “80 percent physically” during his recovery from his November stabbing incident. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pham underwent surgery during the offseason to address a stab wound and a wrist injury. The 32-year-old initially thought he wouldn’t be able to play again, but four months later his recovery is ahead of schedule. Pham started in LF and batted cleanup in Sunday’s springer opener against the Mariners. He went 0-for-2 and left two on base during Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Mariners.

Category: Injury Updates


Frankie Montas is 'feeling better' after testing positive for COVID-19. He stated that he is close to full strength, and that he expects to get back into pitching shape relatively quickly. (Source: Alex Coffey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Montas was a popular bounceback candidate prior to testing positive for COVID, but it sounds like he is progressing well and should be ready for Opening Day. Expect a season somewhere between his phenomenal 2019 (2.63 ERA) and his disappointing 2020 (5.60 ERA).

Category: Injury Updates


Joely Rodriguez's ankle is free from pain, but he has not been able to throw consistently, meaning that he is a couple of weeks behind most other relievers. (Source: Evan Grant on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez's Opening Day roster spot is in jeopardy, and he is a risky draft day selection given his multiple 2020 injuries. He is a name to keep on the radar though, given the Rangers' lack of options in the closer role.

Category: Injury Updates


Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (elbow) threw sliders during a bullpen session on Saturday. (Source: Justin Toscano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Syndergaard threw sliders on Saturday after being limited to just fastballs during his side sessions. He was placed on the 60-day injured list on February 20th as Syndergaard continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery. Thor won’t be eligible to return until early June and is worth a late-round gamble in upcoming fantasy drafts.

Category: Injury Updates


Dodgers RHP Joe Kelly (shoulder) resumed his throwing program on Sunday. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Kelly threw off a mound on Thursday and resumed his throwing program on Sunday. He missed the start of camp due to shoulder soreness. Kelly has been ramping up his activity and is expected to be ready by Opening Day. The 32-year-old owned a 1.80 ERA across 10 innings in 2020.

Category: Injury Updates


The Royals and Hunter Dozier have agreed on a four-year, $25 million contract extension, which includes a fifth-year option for $10 million. (Source: Jeff Passan onTwitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dozier had a down 2020 season, but the Royals are obviously buying into what they saw in 2019, when Dozier slashed .279/.348/.522. His Statcast data from last year seemed like an outlier, so it's a fair bet that Dozier bounces back this season to something closer to what he looked like in 2019. With the soon-to-be addition of third base eligibility, Dozier makes a fine late-round selection this year, and his dynasty stock is trending up with his extension.

Category: Transactions


Josh Fleming is expected to operate in a versatile role on the Rays' pitching staff this season. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: "I'm excited for whatever role they put me in, whether it's starting, whether it's coming out of the bullpen," Fleming told reporters earlier this week. The 24-year-old southpaw impressed with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP during the shortened 2020 campaign. He could be on the streaming radar if Tampa Bay gives him starts at ant points this season.


Ty France is taking the majority of his reps at third base this spring. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: France will likely take over third base if/when Kyle Seager departs as a free agent after 2021. However, with Seager still around, France will likely begin the year as Seattle's designated hitter. He's worth monitoring in the later rounds of fantasy drafts this spring.


Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki (COVID-19) has cleared the initial intake process. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Plawecki missed the first few days of spring training while on the COVID-19 injured list. He has resumed workouts with the team now.

Category: Injury Updates


Shohei Ohtani maxed out at 100 mph in Saturday's 35-pitch live BP session. (Source: Fabian Ardaya on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's notable after Ohtani's velocity was down at the start of pitchers and catchers reporting. Of course, we now know he was simply building up his arm strength. The plan is for Ohtani to once again enter the year as a two-way player for the Angels.


Yankees RHP Clarke Schmidt (elbow) says that his injury is minor and he expects to be back soon. (Source: Erik Boland on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Schmidt was shut down at the start of spring training but appears to have avoided a serious injury. Schmidt might not have time to ramp up for Opening Day, but he shouldn't be far behind. He's expected to pitch for the Yankees in some capacity this season.

Category: Injury Updates