KEY 2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings  - Preseason

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Tyler Anderson Headshot

Harding will take the mound in the Rockies' Cactus League opener on Saturday, Thomas Harding of reports

Although he is only expected to pitch around two innings, Anderson will be looking to get off to nice start as he prepares for his second big league season. Last spring, the 27-year-old suffered an oblique injury that kept him out all the way until June, so staying healthy will be a major key in his start against the Diamondbacks. Assuming Anderson remains injury-free throughout this month, he'll have a solid chance at locking down a spot in Colorado's starting rotation to begin the year.
Yesterday 9:54 pm (EST)
Mark Canha Headshot

Canha, who missed the majority of last season due to hip surgery, has earned strong praise from manager Bob Melvin for his performance in early workouts, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports. "He worked hard in the offseason. His swing looks good," Melvin said. "He looks like he's in great shape and I think he's out to prove a serious point this year - that he can be a very productive guy at the big league level, as we've seen before."

The 28-year-old saw only 44 plate appearances in 2016 before his injury, which prevented him from building on a solid rookie campaign the season prior. Canha, who's slated to platoon with newcomer Matt Joyce in right field this season, will draw the start in left field and hit cleanup in Saturday's Cactus League opener versus the Cubs.
Yesterday 8:54 pm (EST)
Liam Hendriks Headshot

Hendriks has decided not to pitch for Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

His decision to withdraw from the WBC does not appear to be injury-related, but instead just a personal decision not to go. The 28-year-old right-hander will now have the opportunity to spend the entirety of spring training with the Athletics, as he looks to get himself ready for another season in Oakland's bullpen.
Yesterday 8:46 pm (EST)
Jharel Cotton Headshot

Cotton, the frontrunner for the fourth spot in the rotation, was impressive again Friday, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

The young right-hander has been wowing in early workouts and continued his impressive stretch of performances in Friday's session. Cotton's dominance of hitters led manager Bob Melvin to remark that "the deception just stands out with him. He's got an assortment of breaking pitches." Cotton is slated to see his first Cactus League action Tuesday versus the Indians.
Yesterday 8:45 pm (EST)
Marco Gonzales Headshot

Gonzales threw an intense 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday, the latest step in his comeback from April 2016 Tommy John surgery, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The 2013 first-round pick threw all fastballs in the session, splitting his workload over two 15-minute rounds. His velocity represented an increase from that of his previous session, and Gonzales will take things up another notch his next time out after a couple of days of rest. The 25-year-old southpaw owns a career 4-2 record, 4.82 ERA and 1.61 WHIP over 37.1 major league frames and is aiming for a May return to the mound.
Yesterday 8:19 pm (EST)
Nelson Cruz Headshot

Cruz, who, along with teammate Robinson Cano, will leave the Mariners in March to join Team Dominican Republic in the WBC, will see plenty of action in early spring training games, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. "They will play a little more than normal before they head off to the WBC," manager Scott Servais said. "They want to get some timing down and make sure they feel good at the plate. You will see those guys play more than just every other day."

Cruz is slated to bat cleanup in Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Padres, and the plan is apparently for him to be in the majority of games before he departs Mariners camp in March. The veteran slugger will look to extend his 40-homer streak to four seasons in 2017 while once again serving as an integral component of the Seattle lineup.
Yesterday 8:02 pm (EST)
Robinson Cano Headshot

Cano, who, along with teammate Nelson Cruz, will leave the Mariners in March to join Team Dominican Republic in the WBC, will see plenty of action in early spring training games, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. "They will play a little more than normal before they head off to the WBC," manager Scott Servais said. "They want to get some timing down and make sure they feel good at the plate. You will see those guys play more than just every other day."

The seven-time All-Star is already penciled in to the third spot in the order for Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Padres at Peoria Stadium, and is likely to see plenty of at-bats in coming games as well. Cano is looking forward to building on a 2016 campaign in which he blasted a career-high 39 homers, and both he and the Mariners appear intent on making sure he enjoys as close to a normal spring training as possible despite his WBC participation.
Yesterday 7:56 pm (EST)
Kevin Kiermaier Headshot

Kiermaier, whose stellar defense has already earned him one Platinum Glove and two Gold Glove awards in his first three big league campaigns, is focused on becoming a more consistent offensive player this season, Bill Chastain of reports. "I've got to find consistency," Kiermaier said. "I've had some really bad stretches, and some really good stretches. When I can balance that out -- and I've had times when I've done that. Moving up to the 2-hole last year I think was the most consistent I've been in my Major League career since I came up in 2014."

Kiermaier owns a respectable .258/.313/.425 line with 61 doubles, 22 triples, 32 homers and 112 RBI over his major league career, along with 44 stolen bases in 56 attempts. However, after topping out at a .263 average in both 2014 and 2015, Kiermaier is seeking to take things to the next level at the plate and maximize one of his best attributes -- speed. The 27-year-old is prioritizing the improvement of his OBP by any means necessary this coming season, emphasizing that he'll look to draw more walks, work deeper into counts, and up his overall aggression at the plate. He's also on record as stating that he'll definitely look to do a lot more bunting in 2017, which would serve as another avenue for the fleet Kiermaier to get on base.
Yesterday 7:36 pm (EST)
Ryan Garton Headshot

Garton will not pitch in the Rays' first spring training game Friday due to illness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

He should be good to go in a couple days. Garton posted a 4.35 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 37 games in his rookie season and is expected to take over a middle-reliever role to begin 2017.
Yesterday 5:45 pm (EST)
Russell Martin Headshot

Martin will be eased into spring training by having a limited defensive workload, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

Manager John Gibbons says the plan is to "make sure he gets enough at-bats" before the season begins. Martin underwent minor knee surgery this offseason and it appears the organization is exercising caution regarding his return. In addition, the 33-year-old has a built-in break this March when he joins the Canadian WBC team as a coach for a few days. Martin is expected to start Toronto's Grapefruit League game this Sunday, but he should be well-rested when the regular season begins.
Yesterday 5:35 pm (EST)
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