2024 Spring Training Risers and Fallers (3/4)

by Connor Thomure
2024 Spring Training Risers and Fallers

Week two of Spring Training is behind us, thus bringing the 2024 Spring Training Risers and Fallers for March 4, (3/4).

This week on the 2024 Spring Training Risers and Fallers, we have seven risers and four fallers. Four rookies make the risers list after impressive starts to the year. Along with these rookies is a veteran starting pitcher, a closer, and a young third baseman who is now cleared to resume baseball activities.

On the faller's side, we have three injuries and a young outfielder off to a terrible start this spring. While it's not the best idea to judge spring stats, this player has already struggled in his young career.

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Risers

Kyle Harrison, SP, San Francisco Giants

Giants' top prospect Kyle Harrison is rising after two impressive spring training appearances. He's combined for 4.1 innings, allowing three bases on balls and one hit for one run. However, he's struck out six batters. A big help for Harrison's game is the cutter he developed this offseason. Adding this pitch gives him five options to use on the mound.

At the start of spring training, Harrison's ADP was 269. Since then, it has jumped to 258. 11 spots is a significant rise for the top prospect, and there is plenty of room to go higher.

The Giants' rotation is relatively weak, and Harrison's spot is all but locked down. The 22-year-old lefty appeared in seven MLB games in 2023. He recorded a 4.15 ERA and 9.09 strikeouts per nine innings.

Most projections have Harrison finishing with 9.54 to 10.75 strikeouts per nine in 2024. Harrison is currently an excellent late-round pitching option.

James Wood, OF, Washington Nationals

Another week, another home run from Nationals' top prospect James Wood. The young outfielder is making a name for himself this spring training. He is slashing .500/.636/1.063 across eight games and 16 at-bats. His immense power potential drives his ADP, rising from 372 to 323 in just a week.

The more he performs to this standard, the higher the chance he will start on the opening-day roster. Thus far, he hasn't shown anything that says he isn't ready. With that in mind, Wood's ADP will undoubtedly continue to rise, and he'll soon begin to be listed as a top-300 player.

Jung Hoo Lee, OF, San Francisco Giants

Jung Hoo Lee enters his rookie season as the expected leadoff batter for the San Francisco Giants. His ADP, however, is still relatively low for someone with this coveted position. However, it is on the rise.

On March 1, Lee's ADP sat at 248.3, but over the last few days it now stands at 243.8. It's not a significant jump, but it shows that Lee is rising. His current price is still cheap, but I expect him to start going earlier than 200 here soon.

Lee has played in four games and is slashing .455/.500/.818 with a double, a home run, and just one strikeout. It will be interesting to see if the power sticks, as Lee only belted 65 home runs in 884 career KBO games. He is a solid hitter, though, as he carries a .340 batting average and a strikeout rate below eight percent.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Yoshinobu Yamamoto is already rising up draft boards after one spring training appearance. On February 28, Yamamoto pitched two innings in his MLB debut. He allowed just one hit while striking out three batters.

Before his debut, Yamamoto's ADP sat at 49.75. After the game on March 1, it was 47.5, and it currently sits at 45.8. Steadily, Yamamoto is going earlier and earlier as the days go on.

Chris Sale, SP, Atlanta Braves

After two strong outings early in spring, Chris Sale finds himself rising up the draft boards. In these two outings, he's combined for 4.2 innings and struck out nine batters. He's also recorded two walks and allowed only three hits. On top of this, Sale reached 97 MPH with his fastball. His average velocity for the fastball in 2023 was just 93.9 MPH.

From March 1 to March 3, Sale's ADP moved from 151.3 to 149.8. It's not much, but this will surely rise soon. Once Fantasy managers see Sale's latest outing, it will significantly jump. If Sale continues to impress, there is a chance he could go as a top-100 player.

Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Rangers

On March 3, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reported that Josh Jung had begun doing baseball activities. This is excellent news for baseball and signals that Jung's draft stock is rising.

I was able to pick Jung at pick 158 in the 11th round of my TGFBI league. This was 56 picks below his NFBC ADP of 102, making me one happy drafter. Jung's NFBC ADP, as of March 3, sits at 104. However, the talented 26-year-old makes a case for being drafted earlier.

In his rookie season of 2023, Jung slashed .266/.315/.467 across 515 plate appearances. The Ranger's third baseman missed 43 days, from August 7 to September 18, with a broken thumb.

Before the injury, he slashed .274/.323/.489 with a 119 wRC+ across 461 plate appearances. After returning from the injury, he slashed .196/.241/.275 with a 38 wRC+.

Jung, however, rebounded nicely in the postseason when he slashed .308/.329/.538 with a 128 wRC+ across 70 plate appearances. It's this that makes Jung an exciting player to grab in Fantasy Baseball. His ADP will likely hover around 100 until he takes the field for the first time this spring. His performance will decide if it goes up or down from there.

Carlos Estevez, RP, Los Angeles Angels

After the Angels signed relief pitcher Robert Stephenson this offseason, there was expected to be a timeshare at closer between him and Carlos Estevez. However, it has been announced that Stephenson is doubtful to be on the opening-day roster due to a shoulder injury. Since this news broke, Estevez has risen from 263.5 in ADP to 255.

Even though Stephenson will be back early into the season, Estevez having the first crack at it is excellent for his Fantasy value. Last season, he recorded 31 saves in his first year with the team.

Fallers

Robert Stephenson, RP, Los Angeles Angels

When one goes up, the other must go down. As mentioned above, Stephenson will likely miss the start of the regular season. His ADP hasn't fallen yet, but there is no reason to draft him at his current price of 247.5. Stephenson has only three career saves, and I expect Estevez to run away with the closing duties.

Yariel Rodriguez, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

Talented rookie Yariel Rodriguez is still on the shelf after experiencing back spasms. Rodriguez had a shot at earning a spot in the Blue Jays rotation, but it's unclear if he'll be ready for opening day. He was in a competition with Alek Manoah for the fifth spot, but neither have a firm grip on the spot.

Alek Manoah, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

Speaking of Manoah, he is also falling. This spring, he's made one appearance, allowing four earned runs in 1.2 innings.

It was a bad outing, and Manoah is also experiencing soreness in his throwing shoulder. Arden Zwelling of SportsNet reports that an MRI revealed no structural damage.

Even without structural damage, it's a bad sign for Manoah and anyone who planned on drafting him in hopes of a comeback season.

Vaughn Grissom, 2B/SS, Boston Red Sox

In exchange for Chris Sale, the Red Sox acquired Vaughn Grissom from the Atlanta Braves this offseason. Grissom was the leading candidate for the starting second baseman role, but those plans are now on hold. Recent reports said that the exciting youngster will likely miss opening day.

This news came out on March 2, and there hasn't been enough time for Grissom's ADP to take a significant fall yet. His ADP currently sits at 255, but this is likely to fall below 300 by next week.

Jarred Kelenic, OF, Atlanta Braves

Jarred Kelenic is off to a horrid start to spring. For an established MLB player, this is nothing to worry about. But this is not the first time Kelenic has struggled.

Through 252 career games, he is slashing .204/.283/.373  with an 85 wRC+. This spring, he has just one hit in 16 at-bats with two walks and three strikeouts.

He's likely to start almost daily in Atlanta, but Kelenic might not be much of a Fantasy asset this season.


That's it for the second week of the 2024 Spring Training Risers and Fallers. Check out the rest of F6P Spring Training coverage!

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