In 37 at bats this spring, Oscar Colas has struck out once and walked once. He’s hitting .324 and slugging .514 with two home runs. Even making plays in centerfield. Feels like he’s already made the team.
Bryan Ramos has looked just about ready (.368/.429/.526 in 19 at bats), but Yoan Moncada is under contract through 2024.
Jake Burger (mmm steak burger . . . ) has four home runs but a .250 OBP and 12 strikeouts.
Romy Gonzalez lost a job he never really had the day Elvis Andrus entered the building. He’s hitting .056 in 19 at bats. Pretty cold March for him in more ways than one.
Lenyn Sosa, similar story, slashing .133/.133/.133 in 15 at bats. I know these sample sizes don’t matter even a little bit in reality, but I also don’t think spring training is reality.
Davis Martin tried to win Helen Chapel’s heart on Wings but lost out to Joe Hackett. Tough stuff.
Franklin German switched Sox when Boston sent him to Chicago for Theo Denlinger in February. He was outstanding in AA and AAA last year, his first as a full-time reliever. So far this spring, he’s thrown seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts, two walks and a 0.71 WHIP. Could find himself near the back of that bullpen sooner than later.
Reynaldo Lopez is a popular pick at the moment, and he’s doing nothing to quell that intrigue, posting a 0.80 WHIP in five innings. Kendall Graveman is pretty serious about taking the ninth inning, but Lopez has the better stuff and the better stats.
Will Brennan is the most important player in camp for our purposes. He didn’t get his chance in the playoffs last season despite the team needing another bat, and just reading the tea leaves, I feel like they’ve had that conversation internally. Brennan probably can’t send Myles Straw to the bench because he’s sucking up that contract cash, but Brennan is going to play a lot, and I think he’s going to play well.
Bo Naylor got just six at bats before he was optioned to Triple-A. The fantasy community wants Bo more than the Browns fans in the Kevin Costner film Draft Day, but Cleveland seems pretty settled with Mike Zunino.
Bryan Lavastida, David Fry and Zack Collins share some responsibility for Naylor’s demotion. Fry in particular is putting himself on the map with two homers and four walks in 16 at bats spread across 12 games.
Micah Pries is making some noise, slashing .346/.393/.769 with two home runs. He’ll likely open in Triple-A and should get a shot to try that plus power in the majors before 2023 ends.
If his four steals are any indication, Gabriel Arias likes the new baserunning rules. He leads the team in at bats with 34 and is hitting .324 but also has ten strikeouts to three walks. Terry Francona has demonstrated a willingness to play Arias all over the field, so he might not have to hit much to stay on the field.
Zach Plesac is living on borrowed time with Tanner Bibee and Gavin Williams cruising toward the rotation. He had one great season in the pandemic shortened 2020 but has been below average each of the past two years. He’s 28 and could perhaps find something that helps him strike out more batters than the 17.6 percent he K’d last season, but I’d rather the team just move him to a swing role. His 9.45 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in three starts is doing him no favors.
Hunter Gaddis and Xzavion Curry are pitching a lot this spring and could pick up the first few spot starts this season. Curry hasn’t been great (1.42 WHIP in 12.2 IP), but Gaddis has 11 strikeouts and a 1.07 WHIP in 9.1 innings.
Austin Meadows and Andre Lipcius are tied for the team lead in at bats with 37. Meadows is looking to bounce back from a lost 2022 but is slashing .216/.268/.243. Lipcius has three home runs (4) and pole position on an early season promotion.
Parker Meadows can’t lose but got optioned this week along with Lipcius. He’s turned heads this spring with four home runs and a .382 on base percentage in 30 at bats. Both could be everyday players in Detroit by mid-season.
Kerry Carpenter will have to keep hitting his way into the lineup. With a .281 average and two home runs in 32 at bats, he’s doing his thing.
Philly imports Matt Vierling and Nick Maton have earned their spots on the opening day roster, assuming Vierling can get back from a right knee strain.
Spencer Turnbull is back in action after losing time to Tommy John surgery. He posted a surprising 0.98 WHIP across 50 innings back in 2021 and could be a great value this year.
I’ve always liked Miguel Diaz, this bullpen is wide open, and Diaz has ten strikeouts in 5.1 scoreless innings. He was 22 when he debuted with San Diego in 2017 and has pitched in parts of five major league seasons. Command has always been the issue, but something is clicking right now and actually started sliding into place around mid-season 2022 in Triple-A.
A group of veterans is pushing for lineup spots. Franmil Reyes, Matt Beaty, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Matt Duffy could soak up a bunch of playing time that might have gone to younger players.
Johan Camargo is lost in the box, slashing .208/.208/.250 in 24 at bats. Here’s hoping that spot goes to someone with upside, like maybe even this next guy.
In his 25 at bats, Maikel Garcia is hitting .360/.385/.560 with one homer and one steal. He’s not going to make this team early, but he’s not going back in the box if they ever let him out.
Michael Massey has been on fire, hitting .333 with three homers and two steals in 27 at bats in his bid to lock down the opening day second base job.
Drew Waters is still out with an oblique injury, leaving Kyle Isbel and JBJ in center. Isbel is taking advantage of the chance, posting a .484 OBP in 27 at bats. It’s hard to imagine he’d lose out to Bradley Jr. at this point, but anything goes around here.
Nate Eaton is slashing .391/.417/.565 splitting his time between third base and outfield. Man I hope this team finds a taker for Hunter Dozier.
This team has as many on-the-verge prospects and young players as anyone. Samad Taylor has already been optioned despite slashing .400/.435/.800 with two homers and two steals in 20 at bats. I hope the Mondesi trade is a sign that they’re going to get a little more aggressive in sorting through them in the post-Dayton Moore era.
CJ Alexander is slashing .474/.575/.947 with two home runs, three walks and two strikeouts in 19 at bats. Here’s a good example of how spring stats don’t matter until they do. Alexander came over in the Drew Waters trade and posted 25 homers and 19 steals in Double-A last year. He’s 26 years old and 6’5” 215 lbs. He could fade into the faceless depths of the organization at any time, but with a spring like this, he pushes himself up the list of names to be seen and sorted.
On a team that’s traded a lot from its system the past few years, prospects aren’t particularly numerous in camp, especially while Edouard Julien was with Canada in the World Baseball Classic. It’s a feature—not a bug—on a team with veteran options all over the diamond.
Thanks in part to the Luis Arraez trade, Julien has paths to playing time all over the field because the Twins don’t have many healthy answers among their veteran options.
Kyle Farmer or Nick Gordon could open as the starting second baseman if Jorge Polanco can’t make it back for opening day. Gordon could also cover centerfield if Byron Buxton can’t, although it seems like that spot is earmarked for Michael Taylor, and Gordon just sprained his ankle.
The team signed Donovan Solano for $2.1 million, so even if second base pops wide open, Solano will be standing there. Not sure he’s blocking anyone though.
Alex Kirilloff hasn’t returned from wrist surgery and could be headed to the injured list.
Here’s some further scrolling if you’re interested in Kirilloff’s plight with idiopathic ulnar impaction syndrome.
Matt Wallner (.207) and Trevor Larnach (.276) are both playing quite a bit and could step into an opening day roster spot depending on the injured players’ timelines. Wallner got optioned Saturday, and Larnach homered Saturday. Interesting pickup in the short term.
Thanks for reading!
I just came here to say that parker lewis pun was outstanding
2 spots left. 14 team dynasty. Please rank top 4.
Thank you, as always!!!!!
Seemed like Grayson was really struggling w the pitch clock. Didn’t have time to take a breath and settle down.
Hi Itch! The Royals outfield will definitely be interesting to see how it shakes out. Thoughts on Olivares at the moment? While he certainly hasn’t lit up ST so far, he hasn’t necessarily done anything to hurt his playing time.
Debating on what I’m going to do for my fill-in options in my OF with Suzuki out and possibly Nimmo missing time too (just my luck I have Edwin Diaz as well lol). Other options than Olivares, being Jesus Sanchez, Aledmys Diaz, Alek Thomas, or Dylan Carlson.
Thanks as always for your input and looking forward to your next post!
Itch, you sold me on grissom last year and I benefitted. I was looking forward to having him this year too. He hasn’t been starting thus spring (5 straight, with no injury reported). Apparently his competition is better defensively. Grissom may start in the minors. What do you think?
Honestly, this Grissom thing is the first time I’ve been genuinely surprised by a prospect occurrence in a long, long time. I don’t really know what to think.
Delete. Sorry duplicate question. I see someone asked below.
2. Bummer that Gray Rod has been getting hit pretty hard this spring He looks like he will start back in AAA to start the season unless he turns it around.
3. What’s your opinion of Josue De Paula? How much weight does the DSL stats carry?
4. Still holding Brujan despite his ST numbers. Would love to see him in another organization where he gets some PT.
2) Might be for the best. Can get himself in rhythm in a low stakes environment.
3) Buy. Double arrows up. DSL stats don’t matter much, but it’s always better to see a player succeed than struggle.
4) Same. Today is my first faab where I could drop him somewhere deepish, but I’m not considering it.
Yeah his slash line in ST is .323/.361/.387.in 31 AB’s.
Maybe it’s more about deciding on Arcia and Shewmake, but who knows.
NL Only- Hi Itch. Rank these supplemental prospects pick : Churios, De la Cruz, Perez
Is that Eury P?
And is this a redraft?
Probably a keeper given the prospect draft, so I’ll go Elly, Chourios, Eury.
Top of the morning Itch!!!
Does Addison Barger break camp with the big club? If so does he get an opportunity to play? Sick of Biggio! Have a great day!!!
I wouldn’t bet on that with Barger, but he’ll spend most of the season in the majors either way, I think.
Thanks! Hope you have a great day, too!!
Wanted to get your views on a dynasty offer I received. It’s a 10 team H2H keep forever. Categories are 7×5. My team is stacked, largely thanks to Razz and some key trades along the way. I’m the defending champ so struggling whether to accept.
My Tatis for his Witt Jr and Lawlar
My current team is:
C – Willson Contreras
1 – Alonso
2 – Albies
3 – Gunnar
SS – Oneil Cruz
OF – Acuna
OF – JRod
OF – Tatis
Bn/NA: Elly de la Cruz, Chourio
SP – Alcantara
Draft is this week but my keepers are locked. Sit tight with Tatis or make the deal for Witt and Lawlar?
I’d want the Tatis side.
Best of luck in the draft!!
So based on your prospect rankings after adjusting for the espino injury, bibee was the highest ranked cle pitcher. Do you expect him to be the first one called up? Cody morris is dealing with an lat injury now; I’m not sure how far along he is.
I also saw that Pit already sent Endy Rodriguez down. Here we go. Business as usual for Pit. I hope we see him this year for more than a cup of coffee. Thanks
If there’s a real opportunity, I think it goes to Bibee. If it’s a shorter term thing, anyone’s guess.
I think it’s fine for Pittsburgh to sign Hedges, but I just hate how they regularly bet against their own guys like this in an effort to, I suppose, save some money. New rules can’t help the teams that won’t help themselves.
a. Great report and thanks for making the AL more exciting. I don’t like any of these organizations with the exception of the Royals, still you’ve put doubt into my head.
b. I’m going to have quite a few decisions to make in my dynasty concerning players who are currently minors-eligible but who will be on the ML roster come OD. These include Roansy, maybe Dodd, Shuster, maybe Walker. By my reckoning there will be about 6 guys who will make my lineup illegal if I keep them on the minor’s roster. A couple of pitchers will go on the IL (Musgrove and Gonsolin) for some immediate relief and others who are ML eligible (like Maikel Garcia) may get minors’ status so I can make the swap. I may have to drop ML roster to add players who are no longer minors’ eligible. Will ask when the time comes nearer OD. In general, in a dynasty you want the best youngest players who have the highest possible future value, right?
c. Jerry Seinfeld quote of the day for March 19, 2023
The reason I got [Seinfeld] is: my manager, George Shapiro, wrote a note to Brandon Tartikoff, the President of NBC, and it was one sentence; he said “Call me a crazy guy, but I think some day Jerry Seinfeld’s gonna be doing a series on NBC.” Now, when he wrote that note, it was… 1988. I had been on The Tonight Show for seven years — three times a year — destroying. […] And George still [had] to say to NBC “I know this sounds crazy…”. I thought of this just the other week: “What was so crazy about the idea?”
“Sunday Sitdown” Interview (2018)
a. Yeah I like a lot of things about a lot of these teams but think the Twins will regret trading Arraez.
b. That is the general idea, although I think youth is a bit overrated in dynasty leagues.
c. I need a manager!!