Drew Stubbs Headshot

Stubbs went 1-for-1 with two walks in Monday's spring training win over Miami. He's competing for a reserve outfielder role. "He's a veteran guy, he's had some numbers. He's got an opportunity here," manager Paul Molitor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Stubbs hit just .225 with a .667 OPS last season with three different MLB teams. He's likely a long shot to win a reserve outfield role, but it's possible that the new Twins management may not be totally committed to Robbie Grossman as the fourth outfielder.
Jesus Sucre Headshot

Sucre, a non-roster invitee who's enjoyed a strong start at the plate this spring, is also impressing with his defensive handiwork, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I like a lot of things Sucre can do," Rays pitcher Chris Archer said. "I like him a lot. ... I've been telling everybody this, it's like throwing to a younger, slimmer Jose Molina with the actions of the hands. And his ability to throw, it's up there."

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The 28-year-old arrived in Tampa via trade on Feb. 8 and has an uphill climb to secure a roster spot. Curt Casali and Luke Maile serve as spring competition, and offseason acquisition Wilson Ramos is expected back in May from offseason knee surgery. However, Sucre has gotten off on the right foot in making his case, having already smacked a homer and a pair of singles. He also gunned down the Red Sox's Brock Holt on the base paths Sunday and foiled a bunt single attempt by Jackie Bradley as well. While he's had a mixed track record with the bat throughout his seven pro seasons, Sucre could be one of the surprises of spring if he maintains his current level of play.
James Paxton Headshot

Paxton is scheduled for his spring debut next Saturday versus the Rockies, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

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Paxton will be the last member of the projected starting rotation to see action this spring, and he won't actually open the game versus Colorado. Rather, the 28-year-old southpaw will "piggyback" starter Yovani Gallardo, going through his full pre-game routine as if preparing to start the game but actually working in a relief capacity. Paxton is scheduled for a normal workload this spring and recently commented that he's "scheduled for 25 (spring) innings" and that he's "healthy and right on schedule."
Adam Wainwright Headshot

Wainwright requested and is scheduled to receive extra starts this spring, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "I'd rather go into the season knowing I'm prepared, rather than question marks," Wainwright said Sunday morning. "Two years ago it was a necessity. Last year was somewhat of a necessity. There's no reason to go short anymore. I used to really like coming into the season prepared. This year, I'll be very prepared."

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The two-time 20-game winner has plenty of room for improvement despite a solid 13-9 record last season, and the Cardinals plan to afford him plenty of work to get him started on the right foot this spring. That's in sharp contrast to previous exhibition slates, when Wainwright has been on a reduced throwing program due to health issues. Wainwright is slated to kick off what will be a busy spring with a start against the Braves on Thursday, which will set him on course to potentially open six spring training games overall. If schedule holds, it will result in the veteran right-hander starting just one fewer game than the two previous springs combined.
David Dahl Headshot

Dahl was a late scratch from Monday's game due to a sore back, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

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The injury doesn't seem serious, and manager Bud Black deemed it "not a big deal," so Dahl should be back in the next few days. The 22-year-old hit .315 with seven home runs in 63 games last season and will look to player a bigger role with the Rockies in 2017. He is currently in a competition with veteran Gerardo Parra for the last starting outfield spot.
Yoan Moncada Headshot

Moncada made multiple impressive defensive plays at second base in his first start with White Sox, which included a diving stop up the middle that started a double play.

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Although it is still early, Moncada is starting to look like he can be a impact player defensively as a second baseman. While the White Sox' star prospect appears to be MLB-ready in the field, the next step in his development will be translating his off-the-charts tools into a more refined approach at the plate.
Jarrett Parker Headshot

Parker went 2-for-2 with two walks, a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's spring training win over the Reds.

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Parker definitely got his spring started off with a bang, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances and taking Nick Routt deep in the fourth. We can't get too excited about spring training stats, especially considering the pitcher he took deep won't be on an Opening Day roster. That being said, Parker is going to be locked in a battle with Mac Williamson throughout the Cactus League for the right to be the Giants' everyday left fielder, so any positive production will help his stock rise. This competition could come down to the wire, with the winner of the battle becoming a cheap source of power in fantasy.
Jose Abreu Headshot

Abreu will head to Miami following Monday's game to tend to personal matters and expects to be back in camp on Wednesday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Abreu's brief absence will in all likelihood not heavily factor into his preparation for the season. The 30-year-old first baseman went 2-for-3 on Monday against the Cubs, which included hitting a long, "no-doubter" home run. He'll look to stay hot when he returns from his absence presumably on Wednesday.
Albert Suarez Headshot

Suarez tossed 1.2 clean innings in Sunday's spring training win over the Reds. He walked one and struck out one.

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This was a good start to spring training for Suarez, who is making his case to make the Giants' 25-man roster. Assuming good health, Matt Cain is expected to be named the team's fifth starter when we get closer to Opening Day, but Suarez and Ty Blach are going to be given an opportunity to prove themselves as viable options. Even if he doesn't make the rotation, Suarez -- a swingman -- could also be used in a long relief role like he was for portions of the season last year.
Mitch Harris Headshot

Harris (elbow) threw to batters for the first time this spring in a live batting practice session Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

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Harris is eight months removed from an alternative procedure that essentially repaired, rather than replaced, his damaged elbow ligament. He was one of the first players to have this Tommy John alternative done, and it could salvage his 2017 season, as the procedure cuts down recovery time a good amount. After missing all of last year with the elbow injury, the 31-year-old pitched live batting practice Monday and could enter a Grapefruit League game by the end of the week if all goes well. It seems he is rehabbing well from the procedure and will now look to prove himself for the coming season.
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