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  • KC Right Fielder #12
    The 31-year-old signed a two-year deal with Kansas City this offseason but has not yet appeared in a spring training game as he manages the back tightness. Royals manager Matt Quatraro said Renfroe would go through a workout on Monday and then make his spring debut on Wednesday if all goes well, so there appears to be nothing to worry about here.
  • Min Third Baseman #23
    The 2017 first overall pick had a breakout 2023 season after missing the two previous years with an ACL tear. Lewis is represented by Scott Boras, who just recently negotiated a major extension for Royals shortstop Bobby Witt, which Lewis described as an “amazing” deal. Lewis has expressed his intention to stay with the Twins, but also said he doesn’t “think the injuries have done anything” to his long-term value. That could be problematic for the Twins, who are in the midst of trimming payroll in part due to consequences of a TV broadcast deal with Bally Sports that did not work out. Given that, Hayes reports that “at the moment, an extension doesn’t appear realistic.”
  • NYY Starting Pitcher #55
    Rodón threw five cutters on Sunday, averaging 91 mph on the pitch with nine inches of vertical break and two inches of movement in on the hands of right-handed hitters. While it’s nice that he’s adding a new pitch to his arsenal, it’s also important to note that his four-seam fastball velocity was down just under two mph as well. Sometimes pitchers can lose feel of a pitch when adding in a new pitch and, in this case, it’s possible the spin on Rodón’s four-seam is impacted by adding a cutter. Of course, it’s only been five pitches in spring training, so we don’t want to read into it too much here, but it is something to monitor in his next few starts.
  • Ari Starting Pitcher
    The 21-year-old Mena was just acquired by the Diamondbacks from the White Sox for Dominic Fletcher back in early February. Since arriving with his new team, he has showcased a fastball that’s sitting 94-96 mph after averaging just 92 mph last year. That’s a key, according to Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen, who said “If the fastball starts playing better, I think he’s going to have a lot of success.” With Ryne Nelson currently slated in the final spot of the Diamondbacks’ rotation, it’s not out of the question that Mena could push him at some point during the season if he continues to develop.
  • SF Starting Pitcher
    Neither player was likely to make the major league roster anyway, and now they are among the earliest reassignments this spring. Crawford carries some intrigue as a first round pick in the 2022 MLB Draft. He had been a two-way player and was hitting as lately as this year’s AFL season; however, the Giants have decided that he wil focus exclusively on pitching now. He threw just 19 innings last year between two levels, allowing six earned runs on 15 hits while striking out 32 batters compared to just 10 walks. It will be interesting to see what a season of just pitching does for his development.
  • SF Shortstop #13
    Ahmed played in just under 900 games for the Diamondbacks before being designated for assignment in September. The 33-year-old remains a solid defender but hit just .212/.257/.303 last year with two home runs and five steals in 210 plate appearances. The Giants would surely like 22-year-old Marco Luciano to clearly win the shortstop job this spring, but Ahmed brings some veteran insurance in case that doesn’t happen.
  • StL Outfielder
    In Scott’s first start on Saturday, he singled in the fourth inning and his speed on the bases led to a balk. In his second start on Sunday, he singled again, drew two walks, and stole his first base of the spring. The 23-year-old stole 94 bases last year in his first full season of pro baseball and was impressive in the AFL this offseason. He likely won’t start the year in the majors, but he has a good chance for a summer call-up if there are any injuries or players like Dylan Carlson and Alec Burleson struggle.
  • FA Starting Pitcher #52
    Gammons reported that the team “may get some deal eventually done on Jordan Montgomery.” The sticking point has appeared to be the amount of money Boras and Montgomery are looking for. Montgomery has also been a solid ratio asset and that continued in 2023, posting a 3.20 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 188 2/3 innings. However, he doesn’t miss a lot of bats with a 166/48 K/BB ratio over those 188 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Cardinals. He’s a solid middle of the rotation pitcher, but his lack of strikeout upside hurts his overall fantasy value and could be the reason his offseason market has been a little slower than expected.
  • Hou Starting Pitcher #65
    Urquidy is in a battle for the final rotation spot with J.P France, who is slowed by shoulder inflammation. Tuesday’s start will be the first chance for Urquidy to make a good first impression and show that last season’s poor 5.29 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 45/25 K/BB ratio over 63 innings was not indicative of his true talent.
  • NYY Shortstop #95
    Cabrera entered last year’s spring training as the favorite to win the Yankees starting shortstop job but lost out to Anthony Volpe, who had a tremendous spring. Since then, Cabrera shifted to playing third base, where he certainly has the arm to stick, but the bat has not been consistent in the majors so far. Something Aaron Boone mentioned. “He has ability and the tools to do it. It’s that last step that can be challenging. Triple A is one thing. Doing it on a consistent basis at the big leagues is another layer.” Boone mentioned that Cabrera was battling with Kevin Smith, Jeter Down, Jorbit Vivas, and Josh Van Meter for the final infield spot on the opening day roster.
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