BATTERS: Spring hitters wrap-up 2018, AL

With many of your drafts set to begin over the next week, let's take an early look at each team's projected Opening Day lineups and relevant spring training news to identify guys whose stocks have changed during the spring.

As a reminder, our PT Today and PT Tomorrow columns will provide closer looks at these battles as they evolve.

Let's start with the American League. We will post the same exhibit for the National League later today.

BAL | BOS | NYY | TAM | TOR | CHW | CLE | DET | KC | MIN | LAA | HOU | OAK | SEA | TEX

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore Orioles

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
T Beckham     260  3B 510 .253 18  58  7  6% 68% 0.21 114 141  22 $10 | 55  .814 0.21
J Schoop       64  2B 618 .277 29  91  2  4% 77% 0.19 113  67  28 $20 | 53 1.081 0.45
M Machado      17  SS 599 .282 31  89  8  7% 82% 0.43 115 109  69 $25 | 56 1.015 0.50
A Jones       148  CF 618 .270 27  83  2  4% 81% 0.24  97  91  41 $18 | 40  .833 0.25
C Davis       250  1B 509 .225 30  79  1 12% 60% 0.34 155  71  11  $7 | 28  .777 0.30
M Trumbo      266  DH 444 .240 21  57  1  7% 72% 0.26 111  92  21  $6 | 23  .330 0.20
T Mancini     152  LF 572 .272 25  76  2  7% 74% 0.27 111 124  36 $16 | 57  .903 0.47
C Rasmus      549  RF 338 .245 14  47  3 10% 66% 0.30 141  78  19  $5 | 41  .801 0.50
C Joseph      477   C 356 .236 12  37  0  5% 74% 0.20  89 101  10  $1 | 37  .904 0.31
----------------------------------------Bench/Injured--------------------------------
C Sisco       350   C 215 .241  5  26  1 10% 72% 0.38  73  93  -6  $1 | 31 1.309 0.18
D Valencia    617  1B 189 .271  6  24  1  7% 76% 0.33  92 108  26  $3 | 38  .890 0.50
A Santander   640  OF 155 .269  6  27  0  9% 75% 0.38 106  94  33  $3 | 62  .840 0.18
A Presley     687  OF  64 .256  1   5  1  6% 79% 0.33  59  99   9 -$2 | 40  .829 0.75

Spring Training Notes

  • Austin Hays (RF, BAL) has not been fully healthy in BAL camp, which likely has contributed to his poor results (.572 OPS, 2/12 BB/K in 37 AB). Nonetheless, his excellent defense in the outfield and very good raw power should enable him to push Rasmus out of a starting role early in the season.
     

Boston Red Sox

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
M Betts         8  RF 617 .285 25  97 24  9% 87% 0.78 108 110  88 $31 | 45  .926 1.00
A Benintendi   41  LF 552 .278 22  85 17 10% 82% 0.59 111 115  71 $23 | 40 1.219 0.57
H Ramirez     319  1B 341 .253 16  48  1  9% 78% 0.44 111  71  43  $6 | 46  .697 0.38
J Martinez     23  DH 558 .304 43 113  4  9% 73% 0.35 179  86  79 $32 | 37  .722 0.20
X Bogaerts     81  SS 593 .295 14  69 14  8% 80% 0.45  80 119  39 $25 | 40 1.061 0.33
R Devers      116  3B 500 .276 21  73  3  8% 77% 0.38 118  96  50 $16 | 46 1.014 0.20
E Nunez       135  2B 422 .297 11  51 20  4% 86% 0.33  83 113  55 $21 | 22  .718 1.00
C Vazquez     300   C 383 .269  4  36  5  6% 80% 0.33  63  86  10  $7 | 34  .961 0.00
J Bradley     285  CF 464 .253 20  61  7  9% 74% 0.38 114  93  35 $11 | 41  .529 0.57
----------------------------------------Bench/Injured--------------------------------
M Moreland    411  1B 343 .245 15  52  0  8% 76% 0.38 113  59  31  $5 | 36  .863 0.25
D Pedroia     407  2B 308 .288  8  43  3 10% 87% 0.83  67  92  52 $10 | ---injured---
S Leon        553   C 218 .227  4  26  0  9% 73% 0.35  74  78  -6 -$2 | 27  .852 0.50
B Swihart     472  1B 129 .179  2  13  1  5% 70% 0.19  58 109 -29 -$5 | 61  .832 0.25
B Holt        670  IF 123 .237  1  10  1 10% 77% 0.47  50 101   1 -$2 | 33  .930 2.00

Spring Training Notes

  • Andrew Benintendi (LF, BOS) has enjoyed one of the biggest springs of any bat in the game (1.219 OPS in 40 AB). Given his prior top-prospect upside and multi-category production, breakout targets don't get much better than Benintendi.
  • Blake Swihart (C, BOS) likely will lurk on the BOS bench early in the season. That said, Swihart has gotten a lot of playing time in March (61 AB) and has done very well in those opportunities (.832 OPS, 4/12 BB/K in 61 AB). The next step is for him to stay healthy. If he can do so, he makes for an excellent stash as your second catcher in deep leagues.
     

New York Yankees

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
B Gardner     178  LF 547 .263 14  52 18 11% 79% 0.57  78 121  38 $17 | 46  .560 0.67
A Judge        20  RF 524 .256 45  99  7 14% 63% 0.46 200  79  67 $22 | 43  .950 0.50
G Stanton       8  DH 541 .275 54 122  3 12% 69% 0.43 208  62  88 $28 | 48  .750 0.41
G Sanchez      19   C 502 .277 35  95  3  8% 76% 0.35 145  74  60 $21 | 42  .967 0.67
D Gregorius   119  SS 582 .270 21  80  4  5% 86% 0.36  86  98  53 $16 | 51  .871 0.22
A Hicks       227  CF 392 .255 17  50 10 11% 78% 0.57 108  98  52 $11 | 46  .748 0.83
G Bird        152  1B 481 .239 27  78  0 12% 73% 0.49 140  82  55  $9 | 52  .497 0.44
N Walker      402  2B 305 .264 15  38  1 10% 80% 0.58 104  91  53  $7 | 15  .753 0.33
B Drury       358  3B 418 .263 15  53  1  6% 79% 0.28 104  86  38  $8 | 46  .753 0.36
-------------------------------------Bench/Injured-----------------------------------
J Ellsbury    459  CF 247 .264  4  25 13  9% 83% 0.60  67 114  40  $8 | 14  .259 0.67
T Wade        620  IF 247 .286  5  20 17  9% 75% 0.40  88 128  30 $12 | 44  .786 0.75
R Torreyes    517  IF 195 .269  2  18  2  4% 88% 0.36  53 145  47  $2 | 43  .617 0.50
A Romine      648   C 161 .216  2  17  0  5% 77% 0.25  62  81  -5 -$3 | 30 1.086 1.33

Spring Training Notes

  • Often-injured Greg Bird (1B, NYY) is dealing with a foot issue this spring. If it turns out to be another ailment that sidelines him, tuck away the big spring delivered by Tyler Austin (1B, NYY). He has put up an .865 OPS and 6/13 BB/K in 44 AB this spring and has posted excellent power skills in small sample sizes in the majors the last two seasons. If he can close down some of the big holes in his swing, Austin could make an extended MLB impact in 2018.
  • Miguel Andujar (3B, NYY) showed a lot of pop this spring (.928 OPS in 45 AB). If Brandon Drury (3B, NYY) is not able to hold down the starting 3B job, Andujar is someone who could get an early look as a replacement.
  • Top prospects Gleyber Torres (2B, NYY) and Clint Frazier (LF, NYY) should be ready to make an MLB impact during the 2018 season and remain premium investments in keeper leagues.
     

Tampa Bay Rays

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
D Span        449  LF 472 .274 14  43 14  7% 87% 0.59  80  96  55 $16 | 50  .824 0.33
M Duffy       449  3B 413 .266  4  54  9  7% 82% 0.39  56 129  27 $10 | 45  .665 0.38
K Kiermaier   156  CF 506 .270 19  51 22  7% 77% 0.33  97 124  40 $20 | 51  .751 0.22
C Gomez       316  RF 476 .236 18  55 12  7% 66% 0.21 117  93   1  $8 | 36  .797 0.00
B Miller      452  DH 480 .241 16  59  7 12% 71% 0.47  98 107  21  $7 | 21  .685 0.18
W Ramos       157   C 483 .261 20  81  0  5% 84% 0.35  84  43  28 $11 | 39  .535 0.67
C Cron        360  1B 515 .249 21  84  4  5% 75% 0.22 109  79  23 $11 | 47  .936 0.23
A Hechavarria 539  SS 520 .261  7  46 10  4% 83% 0.26  59 135  29 $10 | 41  .869 0.11
J Wendle      678  2B 396 .230  5  32  7  3% 79% 0.14  64 125  11  $1 | 47  .988 0.60
------------------------------------Bench/Injured------------------------------------
M Smith       307  OF 435 .256  5  33 37  9% 75% 0.37  64 158  16 $18 | 30  .788 0.33
D Robertson   677  IF 333 .237  4  28  2 11% 73% 0.45  64 102  -2  $0 | 38  .834 0.36
J Sucre       657   C 163 .250  5  19  1  4% 80% 0.21  70  70   8  $0 | 29  .603 0.40
M Johnson     n/a  OF  92 .215  1   8  3 10% 63% 0.30  51 120 -49 -$2 | 38  .907 0.44

Spring Training Notes  

  • Micah Johnson (LF, TAM) got an extended look this spring and was impressive (.907 OPS, 4 BB in 38 AB). He's a longshot to make an impact in 2018, but he does own good speed skills and has displayed a decent batting eye in the minors.
  • Willy Adames (SS, TAM) is a future frontline middle-infielder in the TAM lineup, something that could happen as soon as 2018. He was excellent in a small sample size with TAM this spring (1.127 OPS, 0.50 Eye in 22 AB). He has the upside to deliver both power and speed.
     

Toronto Blue Jays

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
C Granderson  448  LF 383 .231 21  53  5 13% 75% 0.60 132  97  61  $7 | 40 1.183 0.67
D Travis      378  2B 449 .273 14  56  9  6% 80% 0.30 106  96  47 $14 | 42  .724 0.33
J Donaldson    31  3B 496 .278 34  89  4 14% 76% 0.69 150  84  80 $22 | 24  .500 0.86
J Smoak       156  1B 543 .259 31  81  0 11% 73% 0.47 133  68  43 $14 | 40  .673 0.40
R Martin      314   C 418 .230 18  60  2 12% 73% 0.50 102  66  18  $5 | 32  .770 0.36
K Morales     308  DH 566 .253 25  89  0  8% 78% 0.38 102  51  27 $11 | 52  .638 0.15
R Grichuk     285  RF 419 .247 26  64  5  5% 69% 0.18 165 107  54 $11 | 28  .823 0.25
K Pillar      327  CF 615 .263 14  53 17  5% 84% 0.32  82 101  43 $16 | 44 1.116 0.67
A Diaz        479  SS 387 .254 14  47  6  5% 83% 0.31 101 116  58  $8 | 47  .563 0.29
-------------------------------------Bench/Injured-----------------------------------
T Tulowitzki  398  SS 284 .251  8  37  0  7% 79% 0.38  75  77  17  $2 | ---injured---
Y Solarte     286  IF 255 .270 11  37  1  6% 87% 0.52  98  73  64  $6 | 48  .609 0.43
S Pearce      602  OF 187 .247  9  23  1  9% 78% 0.43 110  87  46  $2 | 25  .837 0.33
L Maile       691   C 127 .148  0   2  0  7% 74% 0.29   0 107 -56 -$8 | 25  .735 2.50

Spring Training Notes

  • Dwight Smith Jr. (LF, TOR) is a marginal prospect, but he has enough tools to carve out a bench role with TOR if given the opportunity. He has shown the ability to make contact in the minors and has good enough speed to provide value in doses.
     

Chicago White Sox

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
Y Moncada     132  2B 513 .252 19  54 17 11% 64% 0.36 116 146  19 $15 | 57  .860 0.44
A Garcia      197  RF 540 .286 18  73  6  7% 77% 0.30  93 112  31 $19 | 53  .978 0.13
J Abreu        41  1B 605 .295 31 103  2  6% 80% 0.34 126  86  61 $26 | 42  .758 1.80
M Davidson    424  DH 509 .220 25  71  0  6% 62% 0.18 137  75  -6  $2 | 6  1.012 0.42
N Delmonico   437  LF 368 .234 14  42  3 10% 73% 0.40 108  88  26  $3 | 54  .646 0.18
W Castillo    169   C 380 .263 18  56  1  7% 70% 0.25 117  59   7  $9 | 36  .780 0.33
T Anderson    196  SS 630 .252 16  53 21  3% 73% 0.09  88 153  14 $15 | 58  .753 0.09
Y Sanchez     436  3B 545 .247 11  61 10  6% 76% 0.25  78 127  19  $9 | 56  .739 0.29
L Garcia      498  IF 487 .264 11  45 19  5% 76% 0.20  72 109   7 $15 | 57  .802 0.08
-------------------------------------Bench/Injured-----------------------------------
A Engel       609  CF 440 .188  6  32 15  8% 64% 0.23  83 143 -18 -$4 | 46 1.127 0.40
T Saladino    690  IF 284 .215  3  22  9  7% 76% 0.32  56 118   1 -$1 | 39  .702 0.20
O Narvaez     660   C 151 .261  2  10  0 11% 83% 0.73  45  78  15 -$1 | 32  .633 0.83

Spring Training Notes

  • Eloy Jimenez (RF, CHW) is one of the best hitting prospects in the game. He flashed his upper-tier power (2 HR in 7 AB) this spring. Don't be surprised if he becomes a regular in the CHW lineup by the second half of 2018.
     

Cleveland Indians

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
F Lindor       21  SS 594 .283 22  77 19  8% 84% 0.57  98 111  68 $26 | 55  .964 0.40
J Kipnis      236  2B 498 .251 16  52  9  8% 77% 0.39 112  97  44 $10 | 46 1.298 0.38
J Ramirez      20  3B 597 .308 22  82 19  8% 89% 0.74 110 112  94 $33 | 48  .779 0.64
E Encarnacion  57  DH 554 .263 36 106  2 14% 78% 0.77 132  59  68 $20 | 47  .533 0.14
M Brantley    240  LF 469 .301 13  75 16  8% 88% 0.76  87  95  70 $24 |  7 1.000 0.00
Y Alonso      276  1B 483 .268 18  71  3 11% 77% 0.54 107  62  35 $14 | 48 1.389 1.00
L Chisenhall  388  RF 473 .265 21  73  4  7% 77% 0.34 124 103  56 $13 | 48  .512 0.25
Y Gomes       393   C 288 .222 11  44  0  6% 72% 0.23 104  78   9  $0 | 40 1.122 0.50
B Zimmer      194  CF 459 .230 11  51 28 10% 66% 0.32  99 118  -1 $12 | 44  .692 0.40
------------------------------------Bench/Injured------------------------------------
R Davis       531  OF 252 .241  6  20 21  7% 75% 0.32  84 126  23  $9 | 36  .513 0.11
R Perez       576   C 181 .217  7  27  0 11% 68% 0.40 113  67   6 -$2 | 39 1.265 0.50
B Guyer       709  OF 127 .253  3  13  3  7% 82% 0.38  84 103  40  $1 |  3  .833 0.00
T Naquin      679  OF 124 .271  4  14  3  9% 73% 0.35 103 118  28  $2 | 51  .906 0.50
E Gonzalez    670  IF  99 .249  2   9  2  3% 73% 0.13  83 122   3 -$1 | 44  .695 0.40
G Urshela     731  IF  97 .239  1  10  0  4% 85% 0.31  55  90  22 -$2 | 42 1.369 0.17

Spring Training Notes

  • Tyler Naquin (CF, CLE) took a big step backwards in 2017 after posting an .886 OPS in 321 AB the year prior. His very early returns in March give hope that he can have a bounce-back season in 2018 (.889 OPS in 52 AB).
  • Francisco Mejia (C, CLE) is one of the top catching prospects in the game. His hit tool was on full display in a very small sample size this spring (1.292 OPS in 19 AB). Mejia has a great shot to have an MLB impact in 2018.
     

Detroit Tigers

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
L Martin      410  CF 392 .239  9  33 21  4% 70% 0.14  94 124   2  $9 | 54  .896 0.45
J Candelario  340  3B 550 .252 14  76  1 10% 76% 0.47 103  99  39  $9 | 49  .968 1.50
M Cabrera      96  1B 515 .285 22  78  0 11% 79% 0.58 100  69  39 $17 | 51  .887 0.38
N Castella     96  RF 605 .276 28  95  3  6% 76% 0.28 128 110  53 $19 | 50  .916 0.20
V Martinez    511  DH 439 .270 14  60  0  8% 84% 0.51  75  68  33 $10 | 56  .964 0.29
J McCann      300   C 510 .244 17  66  1  6% 74% 0.25  89  94   9  $6 | 38  .507 0.38
M Mahtook     342  LF 514 .262 20  51  9  6% 75% 0.23 107 137  39 $13 | 49  .412 0.25
J Iglesias    527  SS 485 .265  5  45  6  5% 87% 0.41  58  98  36  $8 | 44  .748 0.83
D Machado     560  2B 537 .251  3  39  8  7% 82% 0.43  43 127  17  $5 | 46  .789 0.22
------------------------------------Bench/Injured------------------------------------
J Jones       659  OF 346 .219  9  36 11  7% 64% 0.22  99 124 -12  $3 | 43  .861 0.45
J Hicks       636   C 292 .232  7  33  4  5% 71% 0.17  83  73 -17  $1 | 45  .926 0.00
V Reyes       684  OF 163 .265  1  14  5  4% 83% 0.26  58 127  27  $2 | 51  .590 0.27
N Goodrum     692  IF  64 .241  2   8  1  6% 73% 0.21  95 119  15 -$2 | 40 1.041 0.25

Spring Training Notes

  • Jeimer Candelario (3B, DET) has enjoyed one of the biggest springs of any bat in an AL camp (.980 OPS, 10/7 BB/K in 52 AB). It remains to be seen how much power he will produce right away, but his power and patience combo in March has been noteworthy, particularly given his age (24).
  • Christin Stewart (LF, DET) showed his raw power upside in a tiny sample with DET this spring (1.343 OPS in 11 AB). He's someone who could be first in line to replace Victor Martinez (DH, DET) once he is injured again.
     

Kansas City Royals

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
J Jay         571  RF 442 .284  2  39  5  7% 81% 0.39  57 108  16 $12 | 29  .968 1.00
W Merrifield   71  2B 550 .274 14  59 27  5% 83% 0.30  85 124  48 $22 | 50 1.451 0.29
M Moustakas   134  3B 571 .268 34  79  0  7% 85% 0.47 116  68  67 $16 | 24 1.292 0.00
S Perez        97   C 492 .262 24  72  1  3% 80% 0.18 106  57  32 $12 | 38 1.376 0.14
L Duda        399  1B 453 .242 26  80  0 11% 73% 0.47 149  42  48  $9 | 30 1.152 1.25
J Soler       377  DH 452 .226 11  66  0 11% 67% 0.39  79  80 -20  $1 | 61  .893 0.44
A Gordon      529  LF 523 .230 14  54  6 10% 72% 0.38  84  85   1  $4 | 54  .392 0.29
P Orlando     664  CF 191 .248  1  19  1  7% 74% 0.27  65  90 -10 -$1 | 29 1.123 0.00
A Escobar     525  SS 560 .257  5  50 11  3% 85% 0.22  56 123  29  $9 | 42  .484 0.30
------------------------------------Bench/Injured------------------------------------
C Cuthbert    577  IF 222 .245  5  27  1  7% 78% 0.32  76 105  19  $0 | 57 1.049 0.14
D Butera      680   C 159 .224  3  15  0  7% 76% 0.29  65  80  -7 -$3 | 36  .703 0.78
R Goins       675  IF 159 .229  2  19  1  6% 77% 0.30  70 106   9 -$2 | 40  .867 0.86

Spring Training Notes

  • Jorge Soler (RF, KC) quietly has looked like a middle-of-the-order bat again this spring (.893 OPS in 61 AB). He is being drafted as an afterthought (377 ADP) in many leagues, giving him good profit potential for post-hype upside seekers.
  • Hunter Dozier (1B, KC) is a former early first-round pick who has not shown much consistency as a professional. Still, he's a potential multi-category producer who has shown flashes of his impact potential in the minors.
  • Adalberto Mondesi (2B, KC) is another young middle-infielder who could emerge during the 2018 season. He has shown both power and speed in the high-minors but is blocked at the MLB level by Merrifield and Escobar. That said, he could push Merrifield to the outfield if he continues his growth.
     

Minnesota Twins

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
B Dozier       37  2B 579 .263 32  92 15 10% 77% 0.51 130 109  68 $24 | 40  .527 0.33
J Mauer       395  1B 510 .290  8  62  2 12% 83% 0.76  72  88  40 $15 | 32  .699 0.67
M Sano        115  3B 546 .249 34  88  1 11% 60% 0.30 166  91  24 $14 | 33 1.122 0.78
E Rosario     124  LF 516 .276 25  66  9  5% 78% 0.24 123 121  60 $19 | 29  .578 0.11
L Morrison    279  DH 513 .249 26  75  4 11% 76% 0.54 117  59  41 $12 | 26  .802 0.50
B Buxton       50  CF 569 .269 20  68 33  7% 67% 0.23 114 174  29 $27 | 46  .713 0.09
M Kepler      291  RF 526 .248 21  76  9  9% 79% 0.47 113 104  57 $12 | 45  .651 0.27
E Escobar     432  SS 319 .252 14  43  3  6% 79% 0.31 105 100  43  $6 | 46  .664 0.50
J Castro      380   C 395 .231 12  46  1 11% 67% 0.36 107  84   4  $2 | 25  .490 0.29
------------------------------------Bench/Injured------------------------------------
M Garver      564   C 275 .249  9  35  1 10% 72% 0.40 115  90  29  $3 | 32  .552 0.50
E Adrianza    681  IF 252 .247  3  28  9  7% 80% 0.41  56 119  18  $4 | 44  .902 0.60
R Grossman    656  OF 178 .242  4  19  2 13% 75% 0.59  85  88  22  $0 | 48  .535 0.71

Spring Training Notes

  • Ehire Adrianza (SS, MIN) has a shot to deliver some value in a super-utility role, especially after the suspension of Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN). Adrianza's ability to make contact and steal bases could give him some value as your MI or UT in deep leagues.
  • Zack Granite (LF, MIN) had a chance to earn a bench role in MIN camp but struggled to hit the ball with any authority. That said, Granite has shown an ability to get on base and steal bases in the minors, and he's still young enough (25) to emerge.
  • Nick Gordon (SS, MIN) could become a factor in a 2B/SS role for MIN later this season. He's an upper tier MI prospect with very good bat control.
     

Los Angeles Angels

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
I Kinsler     184  2B 535 .258 20  58 12  7% 83% 0.48  89 103  53 $15 | 40  .755 4.50
M Trout         1  CF 534 .307 38  97 26 17% 76% 0.88 161 114 105 $40 | 42  .876 3.50
J Upton        49  LF 576 .263 32 100 11 11% 69% 0.38 153  87  46 $22 | 44  .863 0.38
A Pujols      312  DH 570 .253 25 103  4  7% 86% 0.54  80  51  40 $14 | 42  .676 0.67
Z Cozart      222  3B 497 .270 22  64  4  9% 84% 0.58 103 103  68 $15 | 43 1.068 0.56
K Calhoun     281  RF 582 .255 22  76  4 10% 77% 0.48  96  81  31 $13 | 43  .941 0.18
L Valbuena    511  1B 418 .238 24  69  1 12% 72% 0.49 133  53  37  $7 | 45  .732 0.30
A Simmons     216  SS 603 .274 10  66 14  7% 90% 0.70  65 104  58 $18 | 31  .698 1.50
M Maldonado   405   C 441 .210 14  43  1  7% 72% 0.28  84  55 -10 -$3 | 40  .704 0.25
------------------------------------Bench/Injured------------------------------------
R Rivera      622   C 192 .224  8  28  0  6% 70% 0.21 102  50  -8 -$1 | 34 1.019 0.00
J Marte       670  IF  95 .215  4  13  1  7% 78% 0.34 111  71  37 -$2 | 32  .956 0.83
C Young       693  OF  92 .221  3   9  1 10% 74% 0.42 101  92  27 -$2 | 11  .258 0.00
S Ohtani       87  DH                                                 | 28  .326 0.33

Spring Training Notes

  • Chris Carter (1B, LAA) might be worth monitoring again in very deep leagues. He has produced his customary power this spring (.938 OPS) while also handling the strike zone pretty well (5/9 BB/K) in 39 AB.
     

Houston Astros

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
G Springer     31  CF 574 .273 31  85  5 11% 76% 0.51 123 105  57 $22 | 47  .829 0.60
A Bregman      32  3B 557 .286 25  83 14  9% 82% 0.56 123 121  84 $26 | 50  .843 1.22
J Altuve        2  2B 628 .334 24  82 32  8% 87% 0.66  99 126  84 $46 | 47  .704 0.33
C Correa       15  SS 578 .296 27 107  6 11% 77% 0.52 123  93  59 $27 | 55  .805 0.25
J Reddick     278  RF 467 .283 12  70  7  8% 85% 0.60  84 112  59 $16 | 40 1.010 3.00
M Gonzalez    121  1B 506 .281 20  74  9  7% 78% 0.34 111  85  42 $19 | 53  .859 0.27
E Gattis      141  DH 448 .261 24  77  0  6% 79% 0.30 122  60  46 $12 | 37  .675 1.13
B McCann      220   C 430 .240 22  69  1 10% 81% 0.58  96  73  45  $7 | 27  .404 0.67
D Fisher      389  LF 248 .235  8  31  7  9% 68% 0.31  99 120   8  $3 | 48  .886 0.50
------------------------------------Bench/Injured------------------------------------
Y Gurriel     248  1B 513 .288 15  76  3  6% 88% 0.50  95  91  68 $18 |  2 2.500 0.00
J Marisnick   537  OF 286 .229 12  33 10  6% 66% 0.20 123 115  10  $5 | 53  .531 0.25
J Davis       667  IF 127 .235  6  18  1  7% 68% 0.22 119  79   7  $0 | 59 1.075 0.25
M Stassi      655   C  94 .209  3  10  0  8% 67% 0.26  88  78 -19 -$3 | 38  .598 0.54

Spring Training Notes

  • Alex Bregman (3B/SS, HOU) appears primed to have a full breakout in 2018. After surging late in 2017 (.924 OPS, 96 BPV in 2H), Bregman has been fantastic this spring (.843 OPS, 1.22 Eye).

Oakland Athletics

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
M Semien      223  SS 560 .248 17  63 14  9% 76% 0.39  94 119  34 $13 | 52  .769 0.40
M Joyce       478  LF 381 .235 18  54  3 14% 74% 0.62 126  78  51  $6 | 35  .803 0.60
J Lowrie      418  2B 336 .263  7  39  0 10% 82% 0.63  81  96  44  $5 | 35  .832 1.00
K Davis        68  DH 522 .246 38  96  4 10% 68% 0.34 166  79  51 $16 | 44  .534 0.21
M Olson       122  1B 481 .234 33  75  2 12% 70% 0.44 157  79  55 $10 | 51  .826 0.29
S Piscotty    287  RF 399 .255 14  51  4 10% 77% 0.48 101 101  42  $7 | 41  .853 0.43
M Chapman     283  3B 521 .235 21  76  5 10% 67% 0.33 129 105  24  $8 | 36  .636 0.50
J Lucroy      201   C 403 .253 10  41  2  9% 85% 0.63  71  90  42  $5 | 12  .077 1.00
D Fowler      364  CF 425 .270 14  59 11  4% 78% 0.18 107 123  43 $14 | 41  .471 0.17
------------------------------------Bench/Injured------------------------------------
C Pinder      451  IF 289 .236 12  33  3  5% 70% 0.19 120 110  22  $2 | 52  .673 0.00
J Smolinski   674  OF 222 .242  7  24  1  7% 79% 0.33  76  93  20  $1 | 45 1.003 0.42
B Maxwell     462   C 154 .243  2  19  0  9% 76% 0.43  75  52  -1 -$1 | 37  .952 0.29

Spring Training Notes

  • Renato Nunez (LF, OAK) owns impactful power skills but has not been able to stay healthy enough to showcase them at the MLB level. Still, he's a good speculation in deep keeper leagues given his age (24) and high power ceiling.
  • Franklin Barreto (SS, OAK) is a premium prospect who will be knocking on the MLB door early in the season. Barreto has flashed his multi-category potential this spring (.895 OPS, 3 SB in 54 AB).
  • Jorge Mateo (SS, OAK) is another toolsy prospect who could make an impact in the OAK lineup. He has top-shelf wheels, but with Barreto ahead of him, he's probably a more likely bet to stick as an OF.
     

Seattle Mariners

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
D Gordon       29  CF 621 .301  3  35 61  4% 84% 0.26  37 179  31 $40 | 52  .929 0.22
J Segura       75  SS 580 .289 11  51 27  5% 84% 0.35  70 125  43 $26 | 36 1.285 0.86
R Cano         87  2B 599 .284 24  93  2  7% 85% 0.52  96  69  54 $21 | 29 1.055 1.50
N Cruz         58  DH 519 .283 35 101  2 10% 74% 0.43 142  68  52 $23 | 22  .618 0.86
K Seager      140  3B 587 .259 28  87  3  9% 81% 0.54 112  73  58 $15 | 45  .782 0.44
M Haniger     217  RF 438 .264 19  56  6  8% 76% 0.36 121 100  49 $12 | 35  .439 0.21
R Healy       225  1B 551 .271 25  70  0  5% 76% 0.21 114  95  34 $14 | 12  .600 0.25
M Zunino      157   C 436 .247 29  73  1  8% 63% 0.25 172  80  33 $10 | 41 1.261 0.36
I Suzuki      661  LF 188 .275  2  18  3  8% 85% 0.57  44 107  27  $3 |  7  .125 0.25
------------------------------------Bench/Injured------------------------------------
B Gamel       448  OF 379 .264  8  40  7  7% 77% 0.34  81 120  26  $8 | 12  .667 0.00
D Vogelbach   574  1B 177 .245  7  26  1 13% 74% 0.57 102  57  22  $1 | 49 1.386 1.10
G Heredia     682  OF 156 .246  2  12  1  8% 83% 0.54  53 120  30 -$1 | 40  .722 1.00
M Marjama     714   C 128 .196  3  17  1  6% 74% 0.23  80  87   0 -$4 | 38  .939 0.63
A Romine      657  IF 127 .235  1   9  3  7% 76% 0.29  49  98 -12 -$1 | 41  .614 0.15

Spring Training Notes

  • Dan Vogelbach (1B, SEA) has been the most productive hitter in SEA camp, showing glimpses of the upside that made his bat an attractive investment a couple of years ago. He has a 1.386 OPS and owns more walks (11 BB) than strikeouts (10 K) so far this spring. He could push for steady AB at 1B if he can continue this surge.
     

Texas Rangers

                  -----------------------Projected------------------- | ----Spring---
              ADP Pos AB  BA   HR RBI SB BB% CT% Eye  PX  Spd BPV 5x5 | AB  OPS  Eye
              === === === ==== == === == === === ==== === === === === | ==  ==== ====
D DeShields   184  CF 487 .249  9  33 34 10% 71% 0.41  72 152  12 $18 | 57  .872 0.58
J Gallo       106  1B 470 .221 38  78  6 14% 55% 0.35 221 103  55 $10 | 52  .918 0.36
E Andrus       60  SS 604 .289 13  75 25  6% 85% 0.47  82 118  57 $28 | 34 1.124 0.75
A Beltre      157  3B 495 .297 22  92  1  9% 87% 0.73 103  66  69 $21 | 28  .760 0.20
N Mazara      152  RF 530 .260 20  83  1  8% 78% 0.40  94  89  31 $12 | 53  .859 0.40
S Shoo-Choo   260  DH 481 .263 19  61  7 12% 75% 0.52  97  78  25 $14 | 44  .862 1.14
R Chirinos    253   C 367 .248 17  45  1 10% 71% 0.38 129  88  35  $6 | 32  .661 0.13
R Odor        104  2B 615 .238 30  83 14  5% 76% 0.21 115  96  38 $15 | 57  .609 0.29
R Rua         677  LF 284 .223  7  28  4  7% 65% 0.22  85 117 -22  $0 | 60  .727 0.28
------------------------------------Bench/Injured------------------------------------
J Profar      544  IF 215 .242  3  22  2 10% 84% 0.65  57 108  34  $0   56  .651 0.17
C Tocci       689  OF 129 .283  1  14  1  5% 84% 0.33  46 139  26  $1 | 56  .417 0.14
J Centeno     685   C  98 .243  0  10  0  4% 80% 0.21  44  76 -14 -$2 | 31 1.060 0.33
D Robinson    644  IF  91 .226  3  10  2 10% 69% 0.37 119 113  27 -$1 | 61  .646 0.27

Spring Training Notes

  • Delino DeShields (CF, TEX) is emerging as a premium speed option. He has showed off that speed in TEX camp (4 SB in 57 AB) and has also reached base at a high clip (7 BB, .415 OBP).
  • Jurickson Profar (LF, TEX) should qualify at multiple positions early in the season after starting the season as a utility guy in the TEX lineup. His results this spring haven't been impactful (.651 OPS, 0.17 Eye), but he's worthy of an end-game flyer in deep leagues given the prior upside that has been held back by chronic shoulder issues.
  • Drew Robinson (3B/LF, TEX) should receive semi-regular AB in the TEX lineup, especially against lefties. He had a .956 OPS and 145 PX against them in 2017.
  • Willie Calhoun (LF, TEX) is a high-upside bat with a pretty clear path to playing time in the TEX OF after he gets some more seasoning in the minors.

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