2020 Fantasy Baseball Spring Training Risers-Fallers

by Joe Bond
2021 Dynasty Baseball Prospect Profile: Bobby Witt Jr.

We are about two and a half weeks into Spring Training with less than two weeks to go. With that much baseball under our belts, we have enough to discuss some 2020 Fantasy Baseball Spring Training Risers-Fallers.

Now we don't concern ourselves about all players that are having good or bad Springs. Give Ronald Acuna Jr. for example. He is batting just .115 with no home runs. He is a proven talent and it won't change my opinion of him to be one of the top-3 players in our rankings.

The ones we want to pay the most attention to are players who broke out last season, slumped, prospects or those in position battles. It can tell us a lot about whether or not you want to spend the draft capital on them or if you want to reach a little bit for them.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Spring Training Risers-Fallers

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Paul DeJong, SS, St. Louis Cardinals

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DeJong was a monster to start the 2019 season, only to come crumbling down to earth.

In April/May he hit five home runs, scored 26 runs while hitting .342.

After that, he still hit for power but his batting average plummeted to .207 the rest of the season. Making him valuable but also a liability.

This Spring it is good to see DeJong hitting .500, with four home runs and eight RBI. He is going really late in drafts so I would take a chance on him for sure knowing I can get a .250 hitter who can hit 3o home runs.

Wil Myers, OF, San Diego Padres

Myers is currently projected to be the 4th outfielder for the Padres. He is going into the season slotted for a timeshare with Franchy Cordero mostly.

A good Spring and start to the season might change that and he is having just that. Currently, he is hitting .321 with three home runs and five RBI.

He is definitely worth a late-round flier as somebody who once went 28/28 and 30/30. I'm not saying he will do that again but he is better than his current ADP.

Josh James, SP, Houston Astros

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In a battle for the 5th rotation spot for the Astros, James is, in my opinion, the favorite.

Right now this Spring he has a 3.12 ERA while striking out nine in 8.2 innings.

His main competition is Framber Valdez who also deserves a spot, but there are only so many. Honestly, it could go to either of them, but most think it will go to James and I agree.

Dylan Bundy, SP, Los Angeles Angels

I loved the move for Bundy since the day he was traded. Getting out of Camden Yards is going to do him wonders. I always believed that.

It is already showing up in the Spring as he has a 1.59 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 11.1 innings. His quality of opponent is pretty solid too at a 7.7 per baseball-reference so it is not false hope he is showing here.

Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles

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OK, I'm going to have a little fun here, but also being a little serious. I won't go into too much detail cause I said a lot of it in the 2020 Bold Predictions article.

However, adding 25-pounds of muscle seems to have done Davis well. The biggest thing is he is striking out a lot less, only three times in 26 plate appearances. If he can keep that up then I believe he can be a worthwhile power hitter.


Zac Gallen, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Shockingly before Spring started we all heard Gallen was in a battle for the 5th rotation spot. You would think after he finished with a 2.81 ERA and almost a 30% strikeout rate he would be locked into the spot.

Well, he isn't and after a poor Spring, I'm not sold that he will get it. Currently, he stands with a 5.63 ERA, with seven strikeouts in eight innings.

Luckily for Gallen, his competition has been worse. This leaves me to believe he will get the fifth spot, but I'm not sure I would draft him at his current ADP anymore.

Manny Machado, SS/3B, San Diego Padres

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After a fairly poor season, at least to Machado's standards, you would hope to see a good Spring out of him.

Perhaps it is just Manny be complacent, but it is not good to see a guy going in the fifth round hitting .087 with just a single home run so far in the Spring.

I want to believe in Manny, I really do. Just not sure I can anymore at his current price.

Jorge Soler, OF, Kansas City Royals

Soler is somebody that we talked about in the Fantasy Six Pack Outfield Preview. We discussed how his Barrels, Barrel Rate, and Hard Hit rate all increased significantly. I also spoke about this in my "This Year's Jorge Soler" post.

The jump was purely amazing, yet I'm left not believing this is the true Soler. A poor Spring so far is not changing my mind.

Sure I might buy a potential 40 home run hitter in the 6th/7th round. However, I think I would rather draft somebody who is more reliable and has more of a track record than Soler.

Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox

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Anderson was a career .258 hitter before busting out and hitting .335 and winning the batting title last season.

I was curious to see how he would respond this season. So far not good in the Spring. He is 5-27 for a .185 average. That is not what I wanted to see.

As a player who has 20/20 season in him, he is intriguing. But don't buy into the over .300 average and you will be fine drafting him.


Michael Chavis/Jose Peraza, 2B, Boston Red Sox

I added a category for a few position battles that have not been decided yet. I'll start with Chavis and Peraza.

Both guys are fighting for the starting/primary second base job for the Boston Red Sox.

Chavis showed us quickly how talented he is offensively hitting 10 home runs from April 20 to May 22. He then dropped off to only hit eight more the rest of the season.

Peraza has never been an offensive juggernaut and never will be but he is better defensively than Chavis. That alone could win Peraza the main job if Chavis doesn't improve his bat this Spring.

Austin Riley/Johan Camargo, 3B, Atlanta Braves

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This really is a tight battle and both are performing well offensively, both hitting over .300.

I think it will require a big offensive outburst from Riley to beat out Camargo. The reason being is Camargo is the better defensive player.

Problem selecting either one of these guys before it has been decided is Braves already announced they won't keep both on the roster. This sends one of them to the minors, leaving you with a waster roster spot.

Atlanta Braves 4th/5th Rotation Spot

Yes, another Braves competition.

This one is crazy and before camp began it was only for the 5th spot. Now with Cole Hamels on the bench due to a strained shoulder, it opened two spots for Sean Newcomb, Kyle Wright and Felix Hernandez to fight for.

All three have done very well this Spring, so one is really running away with it. I'll spare you their stats so just trust me on this one.

That being said everything I'm reading online is that Newcomb and King Felix will start the season in the rotation.

Even if that happens I do not think Felix keeps the job for long and get cut if he can't get talked into pitching out of the bullpen. He has been pretty miserable that last few seasons in Seattle and a good Spring won't make me think he can change that. It's time to give a chance to the young guys.

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BNB March 12, 2020 - 11:49 am

The bit about Myers being signed to a one year contract to be a 4th OF is not even remotely accurate.


Joe Bond March 12, 2020 - 11:58 am

Ha good catch. You know what? I for some reason got him mixed up with Souza. My bad. One reason not to write at 1AM.


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