Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI against the Astros on Wednesday.
Although Desmond is not hitting for average in 2014 (.238 BA), he has certainly been able to contribute in other areas, keeping him among the better options to own at the shortstop position. With 13 home runs and 44 RBI, Desmond remains a great source of power from a position that is typically not a place to get that type of production from, so as long as you can absorb his low batting average fantasy owners will be just fine. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Kelly Johnson has made the Braves' 25-man roster, according to Yahoo's Jeff Passan.
As of this writing, Johnson only showed up on Atlanta's online depth chart as the fourth option at third base, so it's unlikely he'll see regular work despite making the team out of Spring Training. Jace Peterson and Chris Johnson figure to start at second and third base, and Alberto Callaspo is expected to be the primary backup at those positions, so it's hard to see Johnson getting much work. Johnson hasn't been a decidedly above average offensive producer since 2010, so it would be hard to get too excited about him even if won a starting job. Analysis: Brett Talley
The Rays have acquired RHP Erasmo Ramirez from the Mariners in exchange for LHP Mike Montgomery.
It hasn't been long at all since Erasmo was a darling of the sabermetrically-inclined fantasy world. He was once labeled "the next Kris Medlen" for his breakout potential by more than one writer, although Medlen undergoing his second Tommy John surgery and missing all of 2014 has watered down the meaning of that comparison. But this seems like a classic Rays move, acquiring a guy many thought had serious breakout potential. It's a little hard to see that now, but Ramirez has missed bats at an above average rate with a career swinging strike rate in the double digits. That's never quite translated to an above league average strikeout rate, but it easily could. Seattle was a good home ball park, but Tampa is better, and he should have a better defense behind him there as well. Those factors along with the absence of bad luck could lead to some decent run prevention. Perhaps more importantly. Ramirez might have a clearer path to a starting role with Tampa who has a pretty beat up rotation already. Analysis: Brett Talley
The Rangers have announced their affiliate rosters. Joey Gallo and Jorge Alfaro will begin the season at Double-A Frisco and Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez will begin the season at Triple-A Round Rock.
These are arguably Texas' three best prospects and all of them should excite fantasy players. Gallo and his prodigious power is the most well known of the three, but Alfaro has plenty of power himself and plays a very shallow offensive position, catcher. If Alfaro can stick there and his power translates to the big leagues, he'll be a regular on fantasy rosters for years just like Gallo is expected to be. But as the assignment to Triple-A indicates, it's Gonzalez that is most likely to make it to the majors first. The Rangers pitching depth is pretty thin, especially without Yu Darvish, so Gonzalez will probably make his debut at some point this year. He sits 92-95 with a good fastball, and he has a plus slider. He's not relegated to relieving because he also has a curve and a change, although those pitches need to develop a bit. His command isn't awful, thought that too could stand to improve a bit. Analysis: Brett Talley
A's prospect Billy Burns is expected to fill in for Coco Crisp to begin the season. Crisp is expected to join fellow outfielder Josh Reddick on the disabled list.
In addition to more playing time for Burns, Mark Canha and Craig Genrty may see more work until Crisp and Reddick return. It would make sense to see Ben Zobrist in the outfield fairly often early in the year as well. As for Burns, he has more hits than anyone else so far in Spring Training with 28. He's hitting .394 with a couple doubles and three triples. We don't have advanced stats for Spring numbers, but Burns is pretty obviously riding some spring BABIP luck into regular playing time to begin the year. He hasn't really hit for average in the high minors, so don't expect much from him in that regard. ZiPS has him projected to hit .234. But ZiPS also has him projected to steal just shy of 40 bases if he were to eclipse 500 plate appearances, so if streaming speed is something you're in the market for, Burns is a guy to know. Analysis: Brett Talley
Jameis Winston is not expected to attend next month's NFL Draft.
Winston first stated that he wasn't going to attend the draft, but at his pro day today he said he was unsure. The chance remains that he could attend the draft, but its likely that he, nor Marcus Mariota will be in attendance for the draft. It makes sense that he stays in Alabama to watch the draft, because getting to Tampa Bay, his likely drafters, would be a rather easy drive/flight. April 30th is the date for the 2015 NFL Draft. Analysis: Colby Conway
Marcus Mariota does not plan on attending next month's NFL Draft.
It has been reported that Mariota is planning on watching the draft in Honolulu with his family. It's rare for expected to top picks to skip on all the festivities, but the top two quarterbacks could be doing so here in 2015. Jameis Winston might do the same thing, but he said today that he is still undecided. It's becoming more and more likely that Winston is the top pick, but Mariota's whereabouts are yet to be known. He has jumped all throughout the top 11 picks in the mocks, but we won't truly know until April 30 where he will be playing next year. Analysis: Colby Conway