Cole Hamels delivered five innings of one-run ball Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Dodgers.
The one run he gave up came on a fielder's choice out by Scott Van Slyke in the top of the second inning. Hamels struggled early on in the Cactus League, but he's been very sharp in his last two outings. The veteran lefty looks like a safe top-20 fantasy starter for 2017.
Scott Kazmir surrendered three earned runs in his three-inning Cactus League start Sunday versus the Rangers.
Kazmir walked five and gave up three hits, including a two-run homer to Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli in the bottom of the third inning. The veteran left-hander had been held out of Cactus League action for nearly three weeks due to hip discomfort and mechanical issues, and he had trouble topping 85 mph with his fastball on Sunday. We can't recommend drafting Kazmir in any standard fantasy format.
James Shields yielded three earned runs over five innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Giants.
All three of those runs came in the top of the second, with Tim Federowicz slapping an RBI single that deflected off White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino and Eduardo Nunez adding a two-run double. Shields struck out three but walked two in the so-so outing. The veteran right-hander makes for a poor fantasy bet in 2017 after posting a rough 5.85 ERA across 181 2/3 innings in 2016.
Tim Adleman gave up six earned runs in the first inning of his Cactus League start Sunday versus the Cubs.
Anthony Rizzo and Albert Almora both went deep. Adleman didn't allow another run after the first inning, but his outing ended in the middle of the fourth. The 29-year-old right-hander is probably going to be ticketed for Triple-A Louisville when Reds camp comes to a close.
Maikel Franco hit his fifth homer of the spring Sunday in the Phillies' 6-3 win over the Pirates.
Franco has just a .215 average and one double in 65 at-bats, so he's added nothing aside from the homers. Still, the Phillies seem set to proceed with him as their cleanup hitter this year.
Clay Buchholz gave up three runs in 3 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Pirates.
Buchholz hasn't given anyone much reason to be encouraged this spring; he's sporting a 5.94 ERA with nie walks and four homers allowed in 16 2/3 innings. He wouldn't seem to be worth the speculative late pick in mixed leagues this year.
Andrew Knapp went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer against the Pirates on Sunday.
Knapp was 5-for-35 with a 15/1 K/BB ratio this spring, so he needed the good day offensively. The Phillies were hoping Knapp would step up this spring and make it clear he's ready to serve as Cameron Rupp's backup. At this point, they'd almost certainly prefer to turn to Ryan Hanigan, but they'd also rather not lose a prospect from their very crowded 40-man in order to make that switch. As a result, it could still be Knapp's job.
Aaron Hicks had a two-run homer and an RBI single to lead the Yankees to a 7-4 win over the Rays on Sunday.
Hicks has his spring OPS up to .946. Aaron Judge also had a couple of hits today and is sitting at .899. It remains likely that Judge will open up as the regular right fielder, but Hicks should still get plenty of playing time between all three outfield spots. He has some AL-only value.