I'm officially back on board with Jeremy Hermida as a late-round sleeper. He hit his third home run of the spring Thursday and is batting .391. Most impressively to me, though, he has five walks to only three strikeouts. It's a small sample size, yes, but he demonstrated that kind of patience just about every year in the minors and hasn't even come close to it yet in the majors. I at least have an inkling something has changed with him, and in the late rounds, an inkling is all you need.
Also in the Marlins game, Ricky Nolasco struck out four batters in four innings and issued just his first walk of the spring. That combination of control and strikeout ability has me totally in his corner. Actually, I like both of last year's out-of-nowhere aces, Nolasco and Ryan Dempster. Totally legit, I say.
Nobody can touch Kyle Davies. He allowed only one hit in four innings and now has a 0.71 ERA this spring. That little achievement might not impress you on its own, but when you combine it with his 2.27 ERA last September, you get the feeling something finally clicked with this overdue ex-prospect. I already wanted him in AL-only leagues. Now, I could see myself scooping him up late in mixed leagues.
Never have three home runs meant less for Fantasy than Craig Monroe's did Thursday.
Carlos Gomez homered for the third time this spring. He's hitting .318, and I can't help but wonder if the Twins can honestly afford to keep him out of their lineup. So who moves out? Michael Cuddyer? Delmon Young? I still say not Denard Span, but I don't feel as confident as I did this time last week.
Even though the World Baseball Classic delayed his spring training, Mark Teahen got the start at second base Thursday. The dream is still alive and worth following as long as your league doesn't significantly penalize strikeouts.