2023 Fantasy Baseball Spring Training Stock Up-Stock Down

by Matthew Rosser
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Stock up - Stock Down

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Spring Training Stock Up-Stock Down article!

This series is meant to highlight players who are performing outside of their norm throughout the season.  Great or ghastly, the goal is to attune you to players to pursue and alert you to players to drop.  May it be on the waiver wire, FAAB, or a good ole fashioned buy low/sell high trade.

It's opening week!

Since no real games have been played yet, all we can do is try and read the tea leaves.  With games that matter just around the corner and spring training coming to a close, roster battles are starting to clear up.  Some decisions are still yet to be made, but there have already been multiple moves that have a major impact on the season to come.  If your league has already drafted, then use this to try and beat those league mates to the hottest new waiver commodity, or offload a future albatross before anyone is the wiser.

Now, without further ado, let's hop into the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Stock Up/Stock Down list!

2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Stock Up-Stock Down

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Jordan Walker, 3B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals

If you're here, you've probably already heard Jordan Walker explode onto the scene this March.  The 6'5" top prospect has absolutely scorched the Grapefruit League to the tune of .277/.299/492.  He has grown-man power at just 21 years old and sprays the ball better than expected from someone that size.  Everyone wants the next Julio Rodriguez, and while Walker may not be exactly that, he does have a legitimate All-Star ceiling. He has left the Cardinals no choice but to call him up and fantasy owners no choice but to draft him.

Walker has shown some less-than-stellar plate discipline, so he may have a rough stretch from time to time but fret not.  He makes such good contact that the talent will shine through.  He will win more weeks than he loses for you.

Anthony Volpe, SS, New York Yankees

Another top prospect for those of you who have been too caught up in March Madness to pay attention.  Anthony Volpe will be a star.  At just 22 years old, Volpe came into the spring as the most likely starter for Triple-A affiliate, Scranton-Wilkes Barre.  However, after slashing .302/413/.623 in the grapefruit league, Volpe was named the Opening Day shortstop for the MLB club.  He will be the youngest Yankees shortstop to make an opening day debut since some guy named Derek Jeter.

Volpe may start off a little slow, as he has shown a tendency to have an acclimation period at every level.  Be patient though, because once it clicks, he will be a five-category contributor and a three-category stud.  He is going roughly 25 picks after Walker, and while his ceiling may be slightly lower, his floor is substantially higher.

Edward Cabrera, SP, Miami Marlins

After making some noise last season with his otherworldy arsenal, Edward Cabrera has locked down a rotation spot in Marlins camp this spring.  The man with the 92 MPH changeup posted a 1.80 ERA over fifteen innings and struck out fourteen batters en route to solidifying himself as a contributor for Miami.

The 25-year-old has electric stuff and could be a league winner when it comes to strikeouts, but he does have his warts. Cabrera has had command issues in the past and has a propensity for giving up home runs. Like many young pitchers, he may have a terrible outing or two, but the goodwill likely outweighs the bad, and it will be better to have the good on your roster when it fully arrives.

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Grayson Rodriguez, SP, Baltimore Orioles

Over the last 12 months, few things have been as anticipated as Grayson Rodriguez's major league debut.  He was expected to come up last year, but injuries caused the Orioles to play it safe and wait until this year.  Coming into camp, Baltimore leadership made it clear that Rodriguez had a rotation spot to lose.

Unfortunately, lose it he did.  After showing some uncharacteristic lack of command and posting an ERA that begins with a seven, the Orioles have decided it would be better to let him mellow out for a start or two at Triple-A.  Rodriguez was climbing pretty high up draft boards, but this news should put a stop to that.  He will likely still be very good when he comes up, so if you can afford it, maybe try to trade for him if the current owner is getting antsy.

Vaughn Grissom, 2B/SS, Atlanta Braves

Vaughn Grissom was the latest in a crop of surprising call-ups for the Braves in 2022 and he delivered. The then 21-year-old turned in a .291 average, .792 OPS, and five home runs and steals in just 41 games.  It seemed as though the Braves would not miss Dansby Swanson if he left in the offseason.

Well, leave he did.  Swanson's exodus to Chicago seemingly opened up a full-time spot for Grissom in Atlanta, and he did everything this spring to cement that.  After posting a .371 average and .829 OPS, it seemed all but a sure thing.  However, due to the Braves wanting to carry Ehire Adrianza on the roster as a utility bat, they chose to eat one of Grissom's options and send him down to Triple-A.

Grissom will not be down for very long. As soon as a roster spot opens up, he will be Atlanta's first call.  That is an open-ended timetable and not the ideal situation to draft, but if he falls far enough, he will likely outperform his round value.

Luis Severino, SP, New York Yankees

Severino is a little different than the other players on this list. You could view the previous two players as buy-low candidates, but that's not the case here. Luis Severino was coming into 2023 as a prime injury bounce-back candidate after having his previous four seasons cut short. To his credit, Severino pitched very well in 19 starts in 2022, turning in a 3.18 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

Coming into this season, Severino was going inside the top 100 despite his serious injury concerns.  He put up some ugly spring training numbers, but for a guy with Severino's pedigree that doesn't move the needle that much.  What does move the needle, however, is another injury.

Five days before the season, Severino developed a lat injury that is going to sideline him for about a month.  That may not be the worst thing in a vacuum, but Severino is no stranger to setbacks.  While betting on an injury is often the wrong move, it is a completely different thing to simply acknowledge a lack of health.  It seems as though that is all we can do with Severino at this point. Sure, if he falls far enough, it may be worth a chance. He will most likely pitch above replacement level when he pitches but understand that may only mean five starts.

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