I've devoted so much of this blog to the players I like that I sometimes neglect the ones I don't.
So at long last, time for your heaping helping of Chase Headley.
The sophomore slugger -- well, slugger in theory, anyway -- went 4-for-5 with a home run Saturday, raising his spring batting average to an intimidating ... .274. You had kind of hoped for more, hadn't you? Still, if you look at his recent player updates, you see plenty of big performances -- 3-for-5, 3-for-3, etc. Just by looking at those isolated games, you know he has the potential, but the final results are lacking.
Most telling to me is his 17 strikeouts compared to only three walks. He never had ratios that bad in the minors, which suggests he probably doesn't have a complete understanding of major-league pitching yet. And since he plays in a ballpark capable of neutralizing his power anyway, I see no reason to give him a look in mixed leagues. NL-only, maybe, but I know someone will take him before I would.
Speaking of NL-only players, Travis Ishikawa homered for the sixth time this spring and is hitting .338. The scouting reports say he shouldn't have this much power, but he hit an astonishing 16 home runs in 171 at-bats at Triple-A Fresno last year. I got him for $3 in an NL-only Rotisserie auction, and I couldn't feel better about it.
Kelvim Escobar threw 94-mph fastballs in a second minor-league start. If he has his velocity, he shouldn't have too much trouble coming back from his shoulder surgery. I haven't made an effort to stash him mixed leagues yet, but I could see him making a worthwhile contribution when he returns in May.
On the subject of injury-plagued pitchers, Max Scherzer pitched a full five innings Sunday, and the Diamondbacks talk like he shouldn't have much trouble making his first start April 14. Maybe we overrated his shoulder soreness earlier this spring. He has the potential to strike out well more than a batter per inning, something few pitchers can claim. If you can get him as a No. 5 option in mixed leagues, go for it.
Ian Snell allowed five baserunners in six innings, and Edwin Jackson allowed six in seven (zero on walks). I trust Snell's performance a little more, but both performances have me looking at these pitchers a little bit harder on Draft Day.