2014 fantasy baseball spring training: Braves SP, D-backs SS, Rockies CF

      March 10, 2014 @ 14:19:07 PDT

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Arizona Diamondbacks SS Didi Gregorius
Gregorius ... meh

With injuries to Kris Medlen (forearm, maybe worse), Mike Minor (shoulder) and Brandon Beachy (elbow), the Atlanta Braves' rotation may already be facing a scary campaign. Their depth is suspect, but an extended sideline trip for one or more of their stalwarts would solidify a lengthy stay in the quintet for Alex Wood, upping his fantasy value as a late-rounds sleeper.

Gavin Floyd (Tommy John surgery) may be pushed into contributing sometime this summer and may have occasional deep-mixed value; the long-suffering advanced-metrics darling has become a better dice roll in this pitching pipeline than he was when he hosted games at U.S. Cellular Field.

David Hale's strikeout potential isn't quite as high if he makes the rotation as it would be if he works in the 'pen, but he's deft enough to offer Senior Circuit security on the chance he must occupy a starter's workload for a spell. We could hear from J.R. Graham in dire circumstances, too, making him a notable NL-only reserve pick.

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In the Arizona Diamondbacks' shortstop clash, any mixed-leaguer targeting Didi Gregorius, 24, should look at a calendar and realize it isn't 2016. Mariekson Julius may one day become a 10-10, .290 player or so.

Instead, go with 22-year-old Chris Owings for your MI spot. He's quite the hacker, yet he immediately profiles as a better bet to deliver those HR-SB numbers reserved for Gregorius' peak.

Who's the best bet for COL AB?

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