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  • Oak Starting Pitcher #55
    Athletics optioned RHP Adrián Martínez to Triple-A Las Vegas.
    The 27-year-old hurler was knocked around in his two Cactus League appearances, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk in just 1 1/3 innings. He’ll continue to serve as extra pitching depth for the A’s at Triple-A Las Vegas.
  • Phi Starting Pitcher #54
    Corey Seidman of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Dylan Covey has been sidelined at Phillies’ camp due to tightness in his right shoulder.
    It’s unclear how long the 32-year-old right-hander will be sidelined for. Covey registered a 3.77 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and a 30/17 K/BB ratio over 43 innings in 29 appearances with the Phillies during the 2023 campaign.
  • Sea Relief Pitcher #77
    Mariners re-assigned RHPs Cory Abbott, Heath Hembree, Jimmy Joyce, Sean Poppen and Travis Kuhn, LHP Holden Laws and INF Rangel Ravelo to minor league camp.
    As is often the case at this time of year, there were no real surprises among this first group of cuts for the Mariners. Abbott appeared in just one Cactus League game, issuing three walks and giving up two earned runs in his lone inning of work. He’ll begin the season as extra bullpen depth for the M’s at Triple-A Tacoma.
  • KC Third Baseman #18
    Nate Eaton went 2-for-3 with a homer, triple, two RBI and three runs scored on Saturday, propelling the Royals to a 13-12 Cactus League victory over the Guardians.
    Eaton entered the game as a pinch-runner for Maikel Garcia in the fourth inning and came around to score on an RBI double off the bat of Vinnie Pasquantino. He then led off the sixth inning with a triple off of Ben Lively and scored on a ground ball by Pasquantino. The 27-year-old then clubbed a go-ahead two-run homer off of Juan Zapata in the ninth inning that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. It was a nice step in the right direction for Eaton, but he remains a longshot to head north with the Royals for Opening Day.
  • KC Shortstop #11
    Maikel Garcia doubled, walked twice, drove in a pair of runs and scored a run as the Royals eked out a one-run victory over the Guardians in Cactus League competition on Saturday afternoon.
    The most surprising part of the day for Garcia wasn’t that he reached base in each of his three plate appearances — it’s that he never even attempted a stolen base. He led off the game with a walk and advanced to second on a ground ball, but the Royals couldn’t cash him in. Garcia then smacked a two-run double off of Bradley Hanner in the second inning and raced around to score on an RBI knock by Nelson Velazquez. The 23-year-old worked another walk to start the fourth inning and was replaced by a pinch-runner. He has been sizzling at the plate in Arizona, hitting .500 (5-for-10) with one stolen base and a 2/2 K/BB ratio in his first four games.
  • KC Starting Pitcher #67
    Seth Lugo was obliterated in Saturday’s Cactus League start against the Guardians, surrendering five runs on five hits in his 2 1/3 innings.
    The right-hander also issued a pair of walks while striking out three in the contest. The Guardians jumped on him right out of the gate, as Bryan Rocchio drew a leadoff walk and Tyler Freeman followed with a two-run blast. Angel Martinez also added an RBI single in the frame. Lugo also served up solo homers to Martinez and Dom Nunez before exiting in the third inning. He has plenty of time to get back on track before the regular season begins, but this is going to taint his ratios for the remainder of the spring.
  • Cle Shortstop #2
    Tyler Freeman homered and drove in a pair of runs on Saturday afternoon as the Guardians dropped a heartbreaker to the Royals.
    Freeman launched the first of five Guardians’ homers on the afternoon, tagging right-hander Seth Lugo for a two-run shot to get the fun started in the opening inning. That would be his only hit in four at-bats on the day. For the spring, the 24-year-old infielder is now hitting .250 (3-for-12) with a homer and a stolen base through his first five contests.
  • Cle Starting Pitcher #57
    Shane Bieber struggled in Saturday’s Cactus League start against the Royals, allowing two runs on one hit and three walks across 1 2/3 innings of work.
    The good news, is that the 28-year-old hurler showed increased velocity in the start — hitting 94 mph in the first inning after averaging 91.3 mph on the pitch in 2023. His command wasn’t quite there though. After working his way out of a jam in the first inning, Bieber allowed a two-out walk to Sandy Leon and a single to Dairon Blanco before turning the ball over to the bullpen — who proceeded to allow both of the inherited runners to score. If the increased velocity on his fastball is enough to create more separation between his other pitches, it could lead to a rebound season for Bieber in 2024. His current average draft position sits just inside the top-150 picks overall.
  • Oak First Baseman #15
    Seth Brown went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI on Saturday, helping to lead the Athletics to a 12-8 victory over the Mariners in Cactus League play.
    Brown, 31, smacked a two-run double off of Trent Thornton in the third inning that extended the Athletics’ advantage to 3-0. He then tacked on another run with an RBI single off of Austin Voth in the fourth inning that made it 6-0. It’s not a very deep or talented A’s lineup heading into 2024, but there’s something to be said for the fact that Brown is slated to function as their regular right fielder and bat cleanup. Perhaps there’s some fantasy value that can be mined there after pick-450 overall.
  • Oak Starting Pitcher
    Mitch Spence delivered a dominant performance in Saturday’s Cactus League victory over the Mariners, punching out a pair of batters over three scoreless frames.
    Spence — the first pick from this winter’s Rule 5 Draft — allowed just one hit and one walk over his three frames, and also hit a batter. The lone hit that he allowed came on a two-out single by Cal Raleigh in the opening inning. His two punchouts came via Mitch Haniger and Luke Raley. The A’s obviously plan on keeping him on the big league roster, but unfortunately for fantasy purposes it looks as though it will be as a long man out of the bullpen rather than a cog in the team’s starting rotation.