Out of all the news out of Spring Training the last couple of days, the most exciting might be the good words about Jose Reyes.
He took batting practice, ran the bases and fielded some grounders this weekend. Conditioning doesn’t seem to be a problem and the shortstop’s only concern is the timing on his swing. Reyes is turning into a potentially great steal for a lot of players who drafted during his dark times this spring.
There’s a bunch of other stuff going on in fantasy baseball right now. Some of it’s not terribly exciting — there’s a lot of sore backs and sore sides being listed as reasons for sitting out games that players would play through if this was the regular season — but some of the news is notable.
Jason Frasor — Will remain the Blue Jays closer despite the hard push from Scott Downs and Kevin Gregg. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Gregg and Frasor each finish with 18-20 saves in 2010.
Kevin Millwood — The Orioles have named Millwood the opening day starter. He hasn’t been drafted in a single league that I’ve been in so far, and for good reason. These days in Baltimore, they are the darkness before the light.
Andrew Bailey — Expected to throw today or Monday. That’s good news for anyone who got stuck with them a lot earlier than they would have taken them because of an autodraft. Stupid autodraft.
Chris Tillman — Tillman is the Orioles’ top pitching prospect, but his “lesser” compadres Jason Berken and David Hernandez are ahead of him in the race to the No. 5 spot in the rotation. If he doesn’t make it, he’s still a dynasty/keeper pick. When it’s ready, the rotation of Brian Matusz, Tillman, Berken, Brad Bergesen and Hernandez should be one of the best in the major leagues.
Chris Carter and Michael Taylor — The Athletics top two hitting prospects, 1B Carter and OF Taylor, are going to string up their minor league shoes and swing some minor league bats for a while. Remember their names and don’t be afraid to pick and hold in deep dynasty/keeper formats.
Bobby Seay — After touting him as a good holds option, now I read that Seay was placed on the 15-day DL and will miss six weeks with a left shoulder injury. He’s not such a good option any more.
Shane Victorino — Word from the Philadelphia Daily News is that the Phillies want to bat Victorino seventh. They think he can be more productive there. I’m sure that’s a good baseball move, but it might not be a very good move for fantasy owners. Who’s going to drive him in? Carlos Ruiz? Jamie Moyer? If Victorino doesn’t score around 100 runs, his value dips considerably and at 7th he’s not going to score 100 runs.
David Wright — Hit his fourth homer of the spring and drove in three runs on Friday. Guess what? He might just be back to form in 2010. If that’s the case, we’ll actually find out if the Mets’ new ballpark is as bad for hitters as we all think it is.
Jason Heyward — Earlier this week, Heyward was told he’s going to be in Atlanta and play every day. The most recent word out of Braves camp is that the slugger will bat sixth. Watched him swing the bat in a spring game on ESPN the other day. Doode can rake.
That’s not everything that happened in baseball yesterday. What did we miss? Let us know in the comments.