MLB Player News

  • Giants' George Kontos: Picks up win Saturday

    Kontos pitched a clean sixth inning and picked up the win in Saturday's spring training win over the Cubs.

    The Giants brought Kontos back on a one-year deal to serve as a middle reliever in 2017. He has posted ERAs of 2.33 and 2.53 in 2015 and 2016 respectively, but his strikeout rate has been under 6.0 K/9 in both seasons, which isn't desirable for a ratio-boosting middle reliever in even deep formats.

  • Denard Span CF | SF

    Giants' Denard Span: Collects hit in Cactus League debut

    Span batted leadoff and went 1-for-2 in his spring training debut against the Cubs on Saturday.

    Span returned to his usual spot atop the Giants' lineup, a place he will likely spend the majority of the season against right-handed pitchers. The soon-to-be 33-year-old had a down year in 2016, slashing .266/.331/.381 in 637 plate appearances. He did hit a career-high 11 homers, but his speed took a hit, stealing just 12 bags in 19 attempts. Span will be a in position to score a good amount of runs atop the Giants' lineup, but he will need to have a bounce-back year in terms of batting average and steals before he can be considered a standard league fantasy asset again.

  • Padres' Buddy Baumann: Gives up an earned run in spring debut

    Baumann gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits in his lone inning of work Saturday.

    Baumann is competing for a bullpen job this spring, and while this outing wasn't terrible, it certainly doesn't help him considering he pitched the ninth inning against lesser talent. He had a few brief stints in the majors last season and showed a good ability to strike batters out (10 strikeouts in 9.2 innings). While Baumann doesn't have a ton of superior talent competing with him for the final two or three bullpen spots, he will still have to perform to earn an Opening Day job after manager Andy Green stated he wouldn't shy away from using some of the starters who miss the rotation battle out of the bullpen.

  • Padres' Keith Hessler: Hammered in Cactus League debut

    Hessler was hit to the tune of four runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning Saturday. He struck out two and walked none in a spring training loss to the Mariners.

    Hessler is looking to earn one of the Padres' vacant bullpen jobs this spring, but this outing did not do him any favors in accomplishing that goal. The southpaw had a 4.15 ERA over 21.2 innings with both the Diamondbacks and the Padres last season. He will have to string some solid outings to reverse the damage done Saturday, but the fact that San Diego has a lack of viable options for their bullpen will work in Hessler's favor.

  • Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Successful return to the field

    Spangenberg started Saturday's spring training matchup with the Mariners and went 1-for-2 with a stolen base.

    This was Spangenberg's first game action since tearing his quad last April. The speedy second baseman looked like he didn't skip a beat, stealing a base and looking smooth on defense. He will be competing with Ryan Schimpf for the starting job at the keystone this spring. Both players couldn't be more different; Spangenberg provides better contact, speed and defense while the latter is a pure power option. The job will ultimately be decided based off their performance this spring and what skills the Padres want their starting second baseman to have.

  • Paul Clemens SP | SD

    Padres' Paul Clemens: Rough spring debut

    Clemens didn't fare well in his Cactus League debut, giving up three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out none in a two-inning start.

    This was not the start Clemens was hoping for when you consider he is one of several options vying for a rotation spot on the Opening Day roster. All of the damage was done on a three-run shot by Nelson Cruz in the first inning. Clemens has struggled with keeping the ball in the yard, allowing 1.8 HR/9 in 71.1 innings last season. The 29-year-old will have to show more this spring if he wants to stay in competition for a starting job, let alone make the 25-man roster.

  • Danny Salazar SP | CLE

    Indians' Danny Salazar: Strikes out three in debut

    Salazar made his Cactus League debut on Sunday, throwing two scoreless innings and striking out three against the Cubs.

    The 27-year-old right-hander looked solid in his first in-game of 2017. Although he did give up a hit and a walk, Salazar was able to generate some encouraging swing-and-misses. The Indians will be hoping that he can stay healthy this season and help anchor their impressive starting rotation.

  • T.J. Rivera 2B | NYM

    Mets' T.J. Rivera: Slated to play first during spring games

    Rivera is expected to get reps at first base as he works to make the teams 25-man roster, Matt Ehalt of the Record reports.

    If Rivera makes the Opening Day roster, it would be unlikely that he'd be used as a regular starter for the Mets. Rather, he'd likely serve as a utility man. Rivera has repeatedly proven that he can hit for average and add occasional power, but showing he can hold his own at first base would surely make him more valuable to the big club.

  • Kirby Yates RP | LAA

    Angels' Kirby Yates: Makes spring debut, will compete for bullpen spot

    Yates threw a clean inning in his Cactus League debut Saturday. He will compete for a bullpen job this spring.

    Yates had terrible numbers as a Yankee last season (5.23 ERA and 1.45 WHIP), but he does posses big strikeout potential (10.9 K/9) and there is opportunity available in the back end of the Angels' bullpen. Saturday's clean inning was a good start, but he will have to prove himself to earn a spot on the 25-man roster come April.

  • Mariners' Guillermo Heredia: Spectacular debut in spring training

    Heredia went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI doubles and two runs scored in Saturday's 13-3 Cactus League victory over the Padres.

    The 26-year-old, vying for the fourth outfield job this spring, made an excellent first impression in his bid for a roster spot. Heredia did his damage despite ceding the start to fellow Cuban defector Leonys Martin and hitting out of the nine-hole. Mostly serving as a late-inning defensive replacement during a 45-game cup of coffee in Seattle last season, Heredia posted a .250/.349/.315 line over 82 at-bats. His glove and arm already stand out, but Heredia may be ready to blossom at the plate as well this spring following an Arizona Fall League stint in which he focused on shortening his swing. "I'm really excited what I see offensively," manager Scott Servais said. "Not just because he got three hits yesterday. We've seen it in batting practice out here. I like the adjustment he's made. He's flattened out his swing path a little bit. His swing is shorter right now that it was last year."