Willson Contreras launched a pair of solo homers against the Indians on Monday.
Both of the longballs came off of Danny Salazar and were Contreras' fourth and fifth during Cactus League play. Contreras is hitting .340 with a 1.137 OPS this spring and is arguably a top-five catcher in fantasy drafts.
Michael Foltynewicz allowed three runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 frames versus the Tigers on Monday.
The nine base knocks isn't pretty, but every one of them was a single and Folty didn't walk anyone while striking out four. It's an outing that could've spiraled out of control for him, but he mostly held it together. Foltynewicz made strides down the stretch last season and has picked up where he left off with a nice spring that includes a 2.66 ERA and 18/5 K/BB ratio over 23 2/3 innings. He has breakthrough potential in 2017 if he can consistently command his fastball.
Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that Angel Pagan is expected to decided within the next 48 hours which team he will sign with.
Bowden hears that the Blue Jays, Giants, Padres, Braves and Tigers have all expressed interest in the veteran outfielder. Pagan has been holding out for a major league contract, although it's unclear if he'll receive one. The veteran outfielder batted .286/.324/.371 with a stolen base for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, which Bowden says "certainly helped his value." The 35-year-old batted .277/.331/.418 with 12 homers and 15 stolen bases over 129 games last season with the Giants.
Carlos Martinez held the Astros to two runs over five innings in his final spring tune-up Monday.
He yielded three hits and two walks while recording a pair of strikeouts. Martinez finishes Grapefruit League play with a sparkling 1.38 ERA across three starts, and he also put up a 1.13 ERA over two World Baseball Classic outings. The right-hander looks to be in fine form and he will take on the Cubs on Opening Night Sunday.
Collin McHugh surrendered three runs over just 1 2/3 innings versus the Cardinals in his Grapefruit League debut Monday.
He coughed up five hits and walked a batter, getting chased before he could complete the second frame. McHugh has dealt with a "dead arm" this spring and is slated to start the season on the disabled list. Based on Monday's performance, it certainly looks like he needs some time.
Diamondbacks released OF Gregor Blanco.
Blanco has been battling an oblique injury that made him unlikely for the Opening Day roster, and the D'Backs have just decided to cut the veteran outfielder loose. However, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic says the club has interest in re-signing the oufielder if he can't find a big league contract elsewhere. He batted .225/.295/.400 this spring. It shouldn't take Blanco long to find a new gig, although it's possible he'll have to spend some time in the minors.
Tommy Joseph went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer on Monday against the Blue Jays.
And the longball came off of Jays closer Roberto Osuna. Joseph also added a double and a couple singles. The Phillies' first baseman got off to a slow start this spring but has heated up of late and is now up to a .304 average and .909 OPS with three dingers.
Vincent Velasquez whiffed seven across five frames of one-run ball against the Blue Jays on Monday.
Russell Martin popped a solo shot off of Velasquez, but the right-hander held the Jays in check otherwise. Velasquez has had an excellent spring, boasting a 2.75 ERA and 25/9 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings. He's a durability risk but should produce for fantasy owners while healthy.