Is today the day you draft your Fantasy Baseball team? Are you prepared!?! Hopefully, you’re ready to rock! Our Cactus League updates should get you completely prepared with last-minute news.
Don’t forget, for $5 you can download the “2015 Big Board” spreadsheet tool that helps you with picks, using updated projections and rankings, and it will help track the other teams in your draft as well!
You can also listen to our latest podcast, where host Travis Pastore chats with SCFE writer Patrick Wallace about the coming season. Listen to it while you read your updates!
While we’re listing out great things this morning, we should also mention the “5 Pitchers Moving Up the Big Board.” These are the pitchers that have really done well this spring to become Fantasy viable.
And, of course, the “5 Pitchers Moving Down the Big Board.”
Friday’s Cactus League Updates
Here’s a look back on Friday’s Cactus League Spring Training games:
Arizona (7) vs. L.A. Angels (2)
Top-pitching prospect Archie Bradley got the start for the Diamondbacks on Friday and tossed five strong innings, allowing six hits, one run, while striking out two. Bradley has now lowered his spring ERA to 2.20 and seems on the cusp of earning a spot in the Diamondbacks’ rotation. While nothing is official, his strong start certainly helped his cause. A.J. Pollock batted leadoff and went 1-for-4 at the plate, recording two RBI. Nick Ahmed, who is in competition to be the starting shortstop, went 1-for-5 with an RBI on the day. Yasmany Tomas started at third base and went 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate.
C.J. Wilson started for the Angels and struggled through 4.1 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out three. Mike Trout went 2-for-2 on the day and recorded his fourth stolen base of the spring. Shortstop Roberto Baldoquin provided some pop for the Angels with a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning.
Chicago Cubs (6) vs. Chicago White Sox (3)
Jason Hammel started for the Cubs and pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, recording two strikeouts. Jorge Soler launched his third home run of the spring and recorded two RBI on the day. Starlin Castro also went deep – his first of the spring. Anthony Rizzo recorded a hit and an RBI at the plate.
Jeff Samardzija took the mound for the White Sox and got knocked around through six innings of work. Samardzija allowed six runs on seven hits, striking out nine, but gave up four home runs on the day. Melky Cabrera recorded three hits on the day with a home run, while catcher Tyler Flowers went 1-for-3 at the plate with a homer – his second this spring. Micah Johnson, the leading candidate for the starting second-base job, went hitless in three at-bats on the day.
Arizona (3) vs. Cleveland (2)
Josh Collmenter started the second game for the Diamondbacks and pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, two walks and recorded three strikeouts. Addison Reed recorded the save but allowed one unearned run and one walk over an inning of work. Chris Owings, who is competing for a job at both second base and shortstop, started at second and went 2-for-3 on the day. Jake Lamb, who is competing with Yasmany Tomas for the third-base job, started at the hot corner and recorded two hits and an RBI in three at-bats on the day.
Corey Kluber started for the Indians and went six innings, allowing one run on six hits, two walks, while striking out nine. Closer Cody Allen came in relief and took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits over an inning of work. Mike Aviles started at third base and went 1-for-3 at the plate. Catcher Roberto Perez went 1-for-2 on the day with a walk and a run scored.
San Diego (7) vs. Colorado (5)
Kyle Kendrick started for the Rockies and pitched 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out a pair. Charlie Blackmon led off for the Rockies offense and recorded two hits and scored two runs on the day. Troy Tulowitzki recorded a hit in three at-bats and a run scored. Wilin Rosario started at first base and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and run scored on the day.
James Shields started for the Padres and tossed 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits, walking one and striking out five. Yonder Alonso went 2-for-2 on the day with a walk and three runs scored. Matt Kemp and Will Middlebrooks continued their solid spring, both registering two hits in three at-bats on the day. Justin Upton went 1-for-2 with a hit and an RBI.
Milwaukee (8) vs. Cincinnati (6)
Matt Garza was on the bump for the Brewers, lasting 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Scooter Gennett started at second base and went 1-for-4 with a homer on the day. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy played first base and went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. Carlos Gomez recorded two hits on the day – both doubles. Khris Davis started in left field and recorded one hit and an RBI at the plate.
Raisel Iglesias started for the Reds, but lasted just four innings, giving up six runs on five hits, walking two and striking out four. Billy Hamilton started in center field and went 1-for-5 at the dish. Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI on the day. Second baseman Brandon Phillips went 2-for-5 with a team-high four RBI.
Kansas City (5) vs. Seattle (1)
Yordano Ventura started for the Royals and tossed seven no-hit innings, walking two and striking out four. On offense, Eric Hosmer went 1-for-3 on the day, launching his third homer of the spring. Kendrys Morales recorded two hits on the day, as did catcher Salvador Perez, who also recorded a run and an RBI. Mike Moustakas went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and run scored.
James Paxton lasted just 3.2 innings for the Mariners, allowing five runs on four hits, allowing three walks and recording one strikeout. Tyler Smith recorded the Mariners’ lone hit on the day, going 1-for-3 at the plate.
San Francisco (8) vs. L.A. Dodgers (4)
Chris Heston started for the Giants and tossed six innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Prospect Andrew Susac started at catcher and went 1-for-3 at the plate with a home run and two runs scored. Gregor Blanco went 2-for-3 with a triple, scoring two runs and recording and RBI on the day.
Zack Greinke was on the mound for the Dodgers but lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking two and striking out three. Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with two RBI on the day. Yasiel Puig recorded a hit and a run scored, while Carl Crawford recorded a hit and an RBI at the plate.
Oakland (7) vs. Texas (6)
Jesse Hahn started for the A’s and pitched 5.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits, walking one and striking out three. Tyler Clippard recorded the win but allowed two runs on two hits, striking out two over an inning of work. Stephen Vogt started at DH and went 2-for-3 with a home run at the plate – his second this spring. Craig Gentry started in right field and recorded two hits and scored two runs on the day. Billy Butler started at first base and picked up a hit and an RBI. Mark Canha, hit a walk-off three-run homer to end the game – his fourth home run this spring. Canha, a Rule-5 player, must remain on the A’s roster all season or be offered back to the Marlins. It’s safe to say he’ll likely make the team and could be a super sleeper heading into the season.
Anthony Ranaudo took the hill for the Rangers and tossed six strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out three. Leonys Martin, Shin-Soo Choo and Mitch Moreland all recorded at hit on the day, while catcher Chris Gimenez recorded two hits and an RBI.
Good luck in your drafts this week — and hopefully, these Cactus League Updates helped you out! Check out the 2015 Big Board!
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