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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:41:37 -0700
Boston Red Sox C Christian Vazquez (elbow) underwent an MRI exam on his right elbow Thursday, March 26, and top catching prospect Blake Swihart could be in the mix on opening day is Vazquez is sidelined, according to manager John Farrell. Swihart was already sent to minor league camp, but he still may be in consideration for the opening day roster. However, Boston views Vazquez's MRI exam as more of a precautionary measure.
Fantasy Tip: Vazquez and Swihart are both young catchers with plenty of potential, but Swihart is the team's top minor league prospect, and he's much more attractive to owners in keeper leagues. Vazquez is an option as your second backstop in two-catcher leagues, because he's expected to see the most playing time in 2015. However, Swihart may be worth a speculative add in AL-only leagues if he opens the season as Boston's starting catcher.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:29:11 -0700
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz tweaked his delivery during the offseason to help maintain balance and keep his body and arm in sync. So far this spring he has a 1.80 ERA with 12 strikeouts through 10 innings.
Fantasy Tip: While everyone writes Buchholz ($4,900, 9.8% of cap) off after a career-worst 2014 season, there could be sneaky profit potential late in drafts. At worst, he is a player to monitor and add if he parlays his strong spring into the season. Opening the season against the Philadelphia Phillies isn't a horrible matchup to turn to Buchholz as a high-risk, high-reward second starter in FantasyScore contests.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:25:54 -0700
Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara (hamstring) made 60 throws on flat ground Thursday, March 26, which manager John Farrell called "a sizeable step forward." Uehara will throw a bullpen session Saturday, March 28, and might appear in a spring game Monday, March 30.
Fantasy Tip: Uehara is in danger of not being ready for opening day, especially if he has any further setbacks with his hamstring. If you're keeping track at home, Edward Mujica is likely next in line for saves if Uehara isn't ready, but Junichi Tazawa has the more intriguing skills in the late innings. If you're scrounging for saves to start the year, both are worth owning.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:48:57 -0700
Boston Red Sox SP Henry Owens was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday, March 26, and he'll start the season with Triple-A Pawtucket. Owens had a rough go of it this spring, posting an 8.74 ERA while allowing 11 earned runs on 12 hits and six walks while striking out eight in 11 1/3 Grapefruit League innings. Owens had a 4.03 ERA and struck out 44 hitters in 38 innings at Class AAA last summer.
Fantasy Tip: Owens is one of baseball's top pitching prospects, and his above-average changeup should eventually help him become a strikeout artist at the major league level. Put him on your radar in AL-only and keeper leagues for 2015 and beyond.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:02:15 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Ortiz ($5,600, 11.2% of cap) is a solid option at first base on FantasyScore.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:38:51 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Allen Craig, who can play as many as five positions, seems primed to stay with the Red Sox, even though he seems to be out of a spot currently. There are no ongoing trade talks surrounding Craig, according to a major league source with knowledge of Boston's thinking. However, trade talk could pick up around Craig in the coming weeks as teams cut down their rosters. Craig is likely to make the opening day roster as a bench guy, and he's looked far better at the plate this spring than in the final two months of 2014.
Fantasy Tip: Craig is a man without a job as of now, but he could eventually see more playing time as injuries and poor performance take their toll. If Craig rebounds at the plate and an opportunity opens up for steady playing time in 2015, he'll be a sneaky waiver wire addition in mixed leagues. For now, he's strictly an AL-only piece, though.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:36:38 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino needed some extra recovery time this spring when he felt "soreness" in his lower body, and more recently, he had to give up switch hitting because he had soreness while hitting left-handed. It could serve as a reminder that Victorino will be limited this year, although manager John Farrell said he'll start in right field when healthy. One evaluator doesn't think Victorino would be able to play more than four times a week to start the year. There's an outside chance that he could start the season on the disabled list to buy him more recovery time.
Fantasy Tip: Victorino, at age 34, comes with the caveat "when healthy." It almost seems inevitable that he'll need some time on the DL at least once in 2015, which would open up playing time for the likes of Rusney Castillo, Daniel Nava and Allen Craig. Victorino isn't likely to hit leadoff anymore, either, further limiting his fantasy value. He sure isn't the Flyin' Hawaiin anymore.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:34:40 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Allen Craig is hitting .276 in 36 spring at-bats, and he's looking more comfortable in his recovery from a Lisfranc injury to his left foot in 2014 that left him hitting just .128 in 29 games with the Red Sox after a summer trade. OF Shane Victorino is expected to be the starting right fielder, if healthy, but the team is still evaluating his readiness in camp. OF Daniel Nava is a lock for a roster spot as the main lefty bat off the bench. Craig may be out of a chance for a spot unless OF Rusney Castillo (oblique) opens up in the minors. "He's in great shape, and the foot's not an issue. He's taking better swings and having more consistent at-bats. (That time) beyond spring training is going to get here. I don't know how else we can go about it," manager John Farrell said.
Fantasy Tip: Even if Craig earns a roster spot for opening day, he's unlikely to see consistent playing time unless an injury opens up more playing time in the outfield. For that reason alone, Craig should only be considered in AL-only leagues, for now.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:10:34 -0700
Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara (hamstring) is unsure when he'll throw from a mound again, so the team is preparing as if they won't have him on opening day. Manager John Farrell said there is "growing concern" that he won't be ready on April 6. There is also concern that Uehara's hamstring injury will linger on after he returns to pitching. Boston is hoping he can throw off flat ground in the coming days and then a bullpen by the end of the weekend. Uehara has only pitched in three spring games and hasn't appeared since March 14. Batters were hitting .467 against him and his ERA was 6.00.
Fantasy Tip: At age 40, it's scary to think that Uehara could be breaking down. If you choose to select him as a fantasy baseball closer, make sure you handcuff him with Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa and Edward Mujica could both be candidates for saves if Uehara opens on the disabled list, but Tazawa is the much more attractive fantasy asset.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:05:28 -0700
Boston Red Sox SP Rick Porcello has a 9-12 record with a 6.12 ERA in 26 career starts in the season's first month. However, he started 3-1 with a 3.96 ERA in four starts last year with the Detroit Tigers. "I feel strong," Porcello said. "My sequences, the way I'm thinking on the mound, is there. The consistency of the pitches isn't, again, where I want it to be. That's obviously why we're here in spring training. I've got to keep working on the consistency, but I like the sequences."
Fantasy Tip: Porcello ($6,400, 12.8% of cap) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies on the road in his first start of 2015 with his new team. While his career numbers to start the season aren't good, and Philly is more of a hitter's park, Porcello may be an under-the-radar option against a Phils squad that isn't expected to score many runs this year.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:01:46 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino does not look right physically this spring, according to multiple scouts. Victorino played in back-to-back games Sunday, March 22, and Monday, March 23, but he served as the designated hitter Monday.
Fantasy Tip: Victorino is 34 and hasn't played more than 122 games in each of the last four seasons due to various ailments. He's probably no longer a lock for double-digit home runs anymore, either. Playing time could be in question because of a crowded Boston outfield on top of it. Victorino isn't very attractive in standard mixed leagues, and he only garners a very cheap investment in AL-only leagues.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:35:44 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo (oblique) is receiving his first Grapefruit League start in right field Monday, March 23. Castillo could see time in right this year if OF Shane Victorino misses any time.
Fantasy Tip: It's great news that Castillo is back in game action after an oblique strain, but he's likely to start in the minors in 2015, because the Red Sox want a better look at him. Castillo has the tools and upside to make a big impact in the bigs this year, but the absence of a clear path to playing time is the current problem. Consider Castillo in the later middle rounds for his upside, but you're unlikely to use him at FantasyScore in the opening week for $4,300 (8.6% of cap).
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:31:23 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Napoli's injury concerns at age 33 are definitely concerning, which is why he's probably nothing more than a late-round selection in mixed leagues. However, it's hard to find his kind of power that late, and he's also hitting in one of the league's better lineups.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:28:17 -0700
Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz is expected to return to action in a minor league game Thursday, March 26, after dealing with dehydration caused from the flu that has left him with "overall soreness," according to manager John Farrell. Ortiz hasn't played since last Monday. The Red Sox are unconcerned with his status, as he has missed plenty of spring action in past years and been fine.
Fantasy Tip: Despite his age (39), Big Papi still remains relevant in fantasy baseball leagues. He's hit at least 30 home runs in back-to-back seasons for the Red Sox, and he's in one of baseball's most potent lineups yet again in 2015. His lack of positional eligibility hurts him, but he could easily present value in the middle rounds of your draft.
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:06:01 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The Red Sox had Weeks play third base and outfield in some spring games, but with Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia already at second base there is an issue about where Weeks could play. For now Weeks has minimal fantasy value, most of which revolves around his ability to steal bases.
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