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  • Jorge Mateo SS | OAK

    Athletics' Jorge Mateo: Good chance at roster spot

    Mateo, who's 3-for-12 this spring, has a good chance of making the Opening Day roster, in part due to his complete lack of minor-league options, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Mateo has just under 1,100 plate appearances at the Triple-A level over the last two seasons, and he showed signs of finally hitting his stride in 2019 with a .289/.330/.504 line that included career bests in home runs (19) and RBI (78). Gallegos reports Mateo has already been impressing with his above-average athleticism and speed early in camp, and because he's completely out of minor-league options, he has an even better shot of locking down a backup infielder job if he continues showing well through the balance of spring training.

  • Jake Fraley CF | SEA

    Mariners' Jake Fraley: Smacks first spring round tripper

    Fraley went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two RBI overall in a Cactus League split-squad loss to the White Sox on Thursday.

    The power-hitting outfielder squared up on a fifth-inning Tayron Guerrero offering and launched it to right field for his first homer of spring. Fraley saw his initial big-league stint last season cut short in August due to a thumb sprain, but he's competing for the starting left field job during the exhibition slate. Fraley earned his 2019 call-up to the majors with a solid showing at Triple-A Tacoma, one during which he slashed .276/.333/.553 across 168 plate appearances.

  • Logan Gilbert RP | SEA

    Mariners' Logan Gilbert: Stellar in spring debut

    Gilbert started Thursday's Cactus League split-squad loss to the Giants, firing two scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout.

    The Mariners' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2019 was outstanding over his 29-pitch outing, with the only hit he allowed a mere infield single. Greg Johns of reports that Gilbert hit the mid-90s with his fastball during his pair of frames and also complemented the power pitches with plenty of off-speed offerings that included a low 80s slider and low 70s curveball. The towering right-hander's four-pitch arsenal was key to his success last season, and after already ascending to Double-A Arkansas during his first professional campaign, it wouldn't be out of the question for a rebuilding Seattle squad to call him up at some point during 2020.

  • Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Dominant in relief

    Ponce de Leon fired three scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Mets on Friday, allowing two hits while recording four strikeouts.

    The right-hander encouragingly refrained from allowing any free passes, a particularly gratifying aspect for Ponce de Leon considering how hard he worked on his command during the offseason. Anne Rogers of reports Ponce de Leon utilized his high fastball and curveball with effectiveness during the outing while also experimenting with a new grip on his slider that he picked up from teammate Austin Gomber. Ponce de Leon remains a candidate for one of two rotation spots, but manager Mike Shildt envisions the 28-year-old fitting in seamlessly almost anywhere on the staff. "He can make a real impact because his stuff is really good," Shildt said. "He's got multiple weapons that the eye test will tell you and the measurables will tell you that are real weapons."

  • Andrew Miller RP | STL

    Cardinals' Andrew Miller: Wild in spring debut

    Miller allowed an earned run on a walk, two hit batsmen and a wild pitch over one inning in a Grapefruit League loss to the Mets on Friday. He struck out one.

    The veteran reliever was making his first Grapefruit League appearance after being eased into the exhibition slate, and it turns out he had plenty of rust to work off. Miller promptly plunked Jake Hager and Tim Tebow to open the seventh inning and then advanced both runners with a wild pitch. Miller ultimately managed to get out of the jam with only one run allowed by virtue of a double play and inning-ending, three-pitch strikeout. The southpaw will be counted on again for plenty of eighth-inning work in 2020, and with Jordan Hicks (elbow) sidelined until at least mid-season, Miller could certainly see a fair share of save opportunities as well.

  • Dakota Hudson SP | STL

    Cardinals' Dakota Hudson: Mixed performance in relief

    Hudson allowed two earned runs on three hits across 2.2 innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Braves on Thursday. He struck out four.

    The right-hander was making his second appearance of spring, and after cruising through a pair of frames versus the Mets in his debut Saturday, Hudson wasn't anywhere near as smooth Thursday. The right-hander will work as a starter again in 2020 after posting an impressive 16-7 record and 3.35 ERA across 33 appearances last season, but the Cardinals have opted to stretch him out through long relief thus far this spring while auditioning a number of candidates for two current vacancies in the rotation.

  • Rays' Wander Franco: Leads off in first spring start

    Franco started and hit leadoff in Friday's Grapefruit League win over the Nationals, going 1-for-4 with a run.

    Franco was making his first Grapefruit League start, but he'd made his debut Thursday in a split-squad win over the Tigers when he entered the game as a defensive replacement for Willy Adames and grounded out to the pitcher in his only at-bat. The soon-to-be 19-year-old has rocketed up through his first three minor-league stops over the last two seasons, hitting well over .300 at the Rookie, Low-A and High-A levels. Franco will gain valuable experience in big-league camp this spring, and he could potentially put it to use later this season if his meteoric rise through the ranks continues.

  • Willy Adames SS | TB

    Rays' Willy Adames: Slugs first spring homer

    Adames went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and two runs overall in a Grapefruit League split-squad win over the Tigers on Thursday.

    The 24-year-old came into the game without his first spring hit, but he remedied that with a second-inning two-run shot off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann. Adames was eventually pulled for phenom Wander Franco to open the sixth inning, but not before kick-starting his Grapefruit League ledger with the multi-hit effort. Adames heads into the 2020 campaign looking to build on the career-best 20 home runs and 52 RBI he garnered last season across 584 plate appearances.

  • Rays' Tyler Glasnow: Solid in first start

    Glasnow started Thursday's Grapefruit League split-squad win over the Tigers, firing a scoreless first inning during which he allowed a hit and a walk while recording two strikeouts.

    Manager Kevin Cash came away impressed with his young right-hander's performance, particularly the command Glasnow displayed with his fastball. Marc Topkin and Mari Faiello of the Tampa Bay Times report the only other pitch in his repertoire the 26-year-old utilized Thursday was the curveball, as Glasnow stayed away from both the changeup and splitter across his 19 pitches. Glasnow was pleased with his time on the mound, which featured the slight tweaks to his delivery he's been working on this offseason. He'll have a chance to stretch out to multiple innings in his next start, which is likely to come in the early portion of next week.

  • Homer Bailey SP | MIN

    Twins' Homer Bailey: Sharp in Twins debut

    Bailey threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts in his first spring training outing in Friday's loss to Boston. "You look at what he did at the end of the season with Oakland, and talking with him - I don't want to give into all the secrets, so to speak, but I really think he's figured some things out," Twins pitching coach West Johnson told The Athletic.

    Bailey turned his season around last year after joining Oakland from Kansas City and had a 4.30 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with a 68:15 K:BB over 73.1 frames. His strikeout rate improve to 21.4% from 15.2% in 2018, a jump which went hand in hand with a career-high usage rate on his splitter. Bailey used his split-fingered fastball more with Oakland and the Twins are encouraging him to focus on his new approach. Bailey will begin the season as the No. 4 starter in the rotation with Michael Pineda suspended until May and Rich Hill out until midseason as he recovers from elbow surgery.