Yasiel Puig's shortest home run prior to the All-Star Break was 390 feet. Only he and Jay Bruce were the only two players to hit 10-plus home runs all traveling at least 390 feet.
Home run and fly ball distance are definitely something to pay attention to as it helps to differentiate between the true power hitters and those just taking advantage of ballpark dimensions, etc. Puig is definitely a special talent and his skill set is top of the line. The real question is how close to his ceiling are we seeing, and if we're not there right now, how much more can we expect? He's only 23-years-old, so technically, we've got another three or four years before he hits his physical prime. The steals will probably drop off as that time approaches, but the power is likely to continue developing.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Dwayne Bowe plans on revitalizing his career in Cleveland in 2015.
LOL. Literally. Bowe failed to reach 100 receiving yards in a single game last year and didn't catch a single touchdown pass. Alex Smith is no Peyton Manning, but he's significantly more capable than anyone who will be throwing the ball to Bowe in Cleveland. The Browns have brought in Josh McCown this offseason and obviously still have Johnny Manziel in tow. It wouldn't be all that surprising to see third-stringer Thad Lewis get some reps at some point. Maybe it's possible that Johnny Football is better than he looked last year and he can get a little something going with Bowe, but that seems like a long shot. Analysis: Brett Talley
Jamal Crawford went through a full workout Tuesday and is eying a return next week.
Assuming no other Clippers get injured before Crawford gets back, this will be the first time in awhile that Crawford, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes have all been healthy at the same time, so there's no recent example of who draws the short straw when it comes to minutes when everyone is healthy. The last time they all played together was in January, and it was Crawford who got the short straw. Given how well Redick has been going, the best bet is that Crawford comes up a bit short in the minutes department. But the Clippers keep the rotation pretty short, so Crawford will still get a decent amount of work most likely. Analysis: Brett Talley
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