Justin Verlander got lit up, again, allowing seven runs on 12 hits and two walks with just two strikeouts over six innings in the loss to the Royals Monday.
JV insisted, post-game, that he is not injured, which makes his rapid decline even more concerning. At least, if the former CY Young had an injury then we could explain why he is struggling and still have hope that he still has a few years left in the tank. Unfortunately, it appears that Verlander, who has had the highest level of combined usage and leverage since the start to the 2006 season, is at the point where you really need to consider dropping him if you can find another option on waivers who is trending in a more positive direction regardless if they do not have anywhere near the name value as Verlander.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Sean Marshall (shoulder) has resumed throwing from flat ground.
Marshall was shut down at the beginning of spring training with shoulder soreness, but has resumed throwing. Last June, Marshall underwent season ending shoulder surgery after making just 15 appearances in 2014. The only thing scarier than last season's 7.71 ERA is the fact that he has had some sort of shoulder injury in each of the last three seasons. Leave this guy off your draft board. Analysis: Colby Conway
Nathan Eovaldi has been working on improving his splitter during spring training.
Eovaldi is more of a thrower than a pitcher right now, but the Yankees are hoping he can develop into a mainstay in their rotation. Even though he hasn't had a winning season in his four year career, his velocity is hope for optimism. Eovaldi got knocked around a lot last year, but he doesn't walk many batters, something else the Yankees are excited about. Eovaldi is going late in drafts and there is some solid value to be had if he can take the next step forward. Analysis: Colby Conway