Kendall Graveman spun seven innings of one-run ball in an 8-2 victory over the White Sox in Cactus League action on Friday.
Just one day after being named the A’s Opening Day starter, Graveman was on his game, allowing five hits while walking none and striking out seven. He also induced nine ground balls. Sean Manaea is probably most interesting name in this rotation from a fantasy perspective, but Graveman should be a solid, if unspectacular arm. The 26-yer-old has averaged just 5.6 K/9 so far in the majors.
Ryon Healy slugged a two-run homer in Friday’s win over the White Sox.
Healy is now up to five homers and 16 RBI this spring to go along with a .319/.346/.745 batting line over 16 games. Despite his impressive showing as a rookie last season, his average draft position sits at 185.1 at Yahoo. He has the makings of a potential bargain among third basemen.
Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-2 with an RBI single and a run scored Friday against the White Sox.
Signed to a one-year, $5.25 million contract over the winter, Plouffe is hitting a cool .395 (15-for-38) with two homers and 10 RBI during Cactus League play. He served as the designated hitter on Friday with Ryon Healy playing third base, but we should see the opposite on most days this season.
Sal Romano yielded five runs (three earned) in four innings against the Brewers on Friday.
Romano came into Friday’s action having allowed just three runs (two earned) over 15 1/3 innings of work. He actually struck out the side in the first inning, but the Brewers plated five runs in the second inning on five hits, an error, and a sacrifice fly. Romano also threw a wild pitch in the frame. The 23-year-old has made a push for a rotation spot this spring, but the Reds haven’t made any final decisions yet.
Tommy Milone was tagged for seven runs in just 3 1/3 innings Friday against the Reds.
Milone gave up nine hits (including a leadoff homer to Zack Cozart) and walked a pair. The southpaw owns a 7.50 ERA this spring, so he’s not exactly making the best case for a rotation spot. The Brewers piggybacked things for this game, so Chase Anderson followed and gave up three runs over 4 1/3 innings. Anderson has been respectable this spring, putting up a 3.77 ERA over three starts and two relief appearances, but there might not be room for him in the rotation either.
Zack Cozart went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Brewers.
He also doubled and singled in the game. Cozart has been mentioned as a possible trade target for the Yankees with Didi Gregorius expected to miss the first month of the season due to a shoulder injury. Even if he doesn’t end up in New York, trade speculation should continue to follow him in his walk year. The 31-year-old hit .252 with 16 homers and a .732 OPS (92 OPS+) last season.
Jesus Aguilar continued his red-hot spring on Friday by going 4-for-4 with three runs scored against the Reds.
All four hits were singles. Claimed off waivers from the Indians over the winter, the 26-year-old Aguilar has had a ridiculous spring, hitting .500 (23-for-46) with five home runs and a 1.457 OPS over 19 games. The Brewers signed Eric Thames to be their starting first baseman, but it’s no sure that that his KBO success will translate. Aguilar is poised to win a spot on Milwaukee’s bench, but there could be the opportunity for more.
Tanner Scheppers is set to undergo an MRI after leaving Friday's Cactus League appearance due to pain in his "lower core".
While the severity of the injury is not yet known, there's a strong likelihood that the right-hander will begin the 2017 season on the disabled list. Expect the Rangers to provide an update on his status on Saturday after learning the results of the MRI.