I’m up to bat on St. Patrick’s Day to recap Monday’s Grapefruit League updates from a Fantasy Baseball perspective! (Doug Anderson is taking care of Monday’s Cactus League updates.)
So let’s first talk about some random news before we jump on the five games that happened in the Sunshine State yesterday.
(By the way, why is it the Grapefruit League? Couldn’t it be the Tangerine League? Much tastier. Or how about the “Oranges for Juicing” League, since our oranges are kinda crappy for eating.)
I’d love to have some green eggs and ham for breakfast, in honor of St. Patty’s, but I have neither in the house! So we’ll go with a toasted/buttered Cinnamon ‘n Raisin English Muffin — they’re quite good! And a half-pot of Don Francisco’s Hawaiian Hazelnut coffee, with sissy vanilla creamer, of course. I do have corned beef and cabbage on the docket for this afternoon though – with non-green beer, though. That’s for the 25-year-old guys and chicks.
MLB teams sent a ton of young prospects back down to the minors yesterday, ending their hopes and dreams of breaking camp with their major league team this year.
Here are a few of the big name prospects whose per diem will be cut considerably:
- Jose Peraza, 2B, Atlanta
- Dylan Bundy, SP, Baltimore
- Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota
- Justin O’Conner, C, Tampa Bay
- Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Tampa Bay
With that out of the way, let’s dig into some Grapefruit League updates!
Monday’s Grapefruit League Updates
Just five games Monday, which is nice for me, not nice for everyone else, I guess. But I’m still preparing for my Tout Wars trip, and I have to pack a five-day work week into three days!
Detroit (0), St. Louis (1)
John Lackey threw three perfect innings against the Tigers Monday in his Spring Training debut. Rotowire’s Jeff Erickson is all over Lackey as a late-round pickup, and Lackey looked good Monday, needing just 37 pitches to get through three innings … Matt Adams unsuccessfully tried a shift-busting bunt, but manager Mike Matheny reiterated that he wants Adams to keep trying in those situations … Adam Wainwright threw a three-inning simulated game Monday and he could start a game this weekend.
David Price, who likely won’t be available late in your drafts, also pitched well – with four scoreless innings of ball. He struck out five, walked one and allowed one hit. This was his best outing of the spring, and should make his prospective owners feel better … Yoenis Cespedes (strained quadriceps) was able to play Monday, and he sent a shot to the warning track … Miguel Cabrera (heard of ‘em?) took batting practice for the first time on the road this spring, as he tries to return from ankle surgery.
N.Y. Mets (3), Boston (4)
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On the day it was announced that Zack Wheeler will likely need Tommy John surgery, fellow Mets starter Matt Harvey, returning from Tommy John surgery himself, threw four scoreless innings, allowing three hits, to the Red Sox. He struck out three batters and walked none. The Red Sox lineup was loaded with most of their studs, also, including Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval.
Our Matthew Modica currently has Harvey ranked 14th among starting pitchers this spring, which looks like a pretty good spot after this outing, also.
Mookie Betts, who is almost assured of winning the center field gig now that Rusney Castillo (strained oblique) has remained sidelined, hit a double and a triple against the Mets. Betts now has three doubles and two triples. Castillo should be available at a discount in your leagues! By the way, one of my favorite articles this spring came from Patrick Wallace, who chose 5 Players We’re All Going to Kick Ourselves Over – which includes Betts/Castillo … Castillo might play Wednesday, by the way … Joe Kelly left his outing early with a sore biceps in his pitching arm, after allowing three runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. If the Red Sox trade for Cole Hamels, Kelly’s the likely odd man out in that rotation.
Atlanta (2), Houston (2)
Dallas Keuchel gave up two runs on three hits in three innings – with no strikeouts … Jose Altuve picked up a couple base hits Monday. He’s batting .409 this spring – coming off a year in which he won the American League batting title. He’s currently the 12th pick off the board in ADP according to FantasyPros.com.
Nick Markakis is hitting, but he hasn’t had a target date set for him to get into game action. He’s recovering from neck surgery … Alex Wood, who was one of those guys whose ADP seemed to climb all offseason, struck out four in four innings, allowing two runs on three hits.
Houston (1), Washington (2)
The other split-squad game for the Astros saw former No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel (strained forearm) pitch in a game for the first time since March 5. He allowed one run on two hits in two innings … Evan Gattis (right wrist) is still considered day to day.
Jordan Zimmermann almost got rocked by a comeback liner from Robbie Grossman, but he got a glove in front of it just in time. He was fine, though, and he finished with four scoreless innings, after allowing three base hits and one walk … Anthony Rendon is still dealing with soreness after spraining his MCL in his left knee last week, and the team doesn’t intend to rush him back. I’m excited to see that hopefully drop his ADP down a bit from 2.06 a couple more spots! I WANT HIM!
Baltimore (16), Philadelphia (4)
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Chris “Crush” Davis smacked a three run bomb off of Hamels, who was obviously dreaming about pitching in Boston, and the Orioles went out and hit four more home runs on the day. Davis was 3-for-4 with four RBI and he now has two home runs this spring. Don’t forget he’s sitting out Opening Day to finish his 25-game suspension from last year! … Matt Wieters is set to make his catching debut on Tuesday! What better way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! (That makes no sense, I guess.)
Hamels had a rough outing (5 ER, 6 HA, 2 BB, 2 IP), but he said he was working on his fastball command and wasn’t too concerned over his pitching line. That’s the stuff that makes just reading the box scores dangerous, considering it doesn’t tell the whole story … Aaron Harang threw a bullpen session after dealing with back spasms a couple days ago … Domonic Brown didn’t play Monday because of dehydration. COME ON, MAN!
Get ready for some more Spring Training awesomeness – and come back tomorrow for more Grapefruit League updates! Don’t forget to check out Doug Anderson’s Cactus League Updates from Monday, too!
Matt Harvey Photo Credit: Chris Swann
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