Josh Bell
Pirates' Josh Bell: Outfield remains option
Josh Bell, 1B, PIT
11:13 AM
News: The Pirates haven't ruled out Bell as an outfield option in the event of an injury to one of their starters, Pirates Prospects reports. "He has the outfield in his back pocket," GM Neal Huntington noted. "We still want to spend all of our time and energy on first base. He is showing signs of getting better, and will give us more options."

Huntington acknowledged that Bell -- despite gaining muscle mass -- is moving more athletically since his 2012 knee injury. He's currently biding his time behind John Jaso at first base and the outfield trio of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. Jaso has a history of injury and trips to the DL, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Bell debut at first base in the second half of 2016.

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Justin Smoak
Blue Jays' Justin Smoak: Preparing to take on larger role
Justin Smoak, 1B, TOR
9:35 AM
News: The team plans on giving Smoak a majority of the work at first base following the suspension of Chris Colabello, Sportsnet reports.

For the most part, Smoak was giving way to Colabello with lefties on the hill before the suspension. Even with Edwin Encarnacion and Matt Dominguez capable of filling the void, it sounds like the switch-hitting Smoak will take on most left-handers going forward. The first baseman is worthy of a roster spot in many formats simply by virtue of the volume of at-bats he's schedule to get the Jays' explosive offense.

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Freddie Freeman
Braves' Freddie Freeman: Picks up three singles in win over Red Sox
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
8:13 AM
News: Freeman went 3-for-4 with a walk in Thursday's win against the Red Sox.

Thursday was his fourth multi-hit performance in the last six games, raising his average to .247 through his first 77 at-bats. Freeman's numbers so far have certainly been a disappointment as he's notched just five extra-base hits - only two of which were homers - and six RBI in the first month of the season. The first baseman has loads of talent, but is stuck on the worst team in baseball which limits his production and allows pitchers to work around him. Freeman has earned the right for owners to be patient with him, but the lack of talent around the 26-year-old may be too much to overcome this season.

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Chris Davis
Orioles' Chris Davis: Goes back-to-back with seventh homer of 2016
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
7:13 AM
News: Davis went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the third inning of Thursday's lopsided win over the White Sox.

His seventh homer of the season was the front side of a back-to-back job with Mark Trumbo. Through the first month of 2016, Davis' production has been fairly typical for his career (low average and high power). However, there are a couple of encouraging peripherals in that his walk rate is continuing to climb and his strikeout rate is continuing to decline.

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Jose Abreu
White Sox's Jose Abreu: Notches second multi-hit game in past three
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
6:27 AM
News: Abreu went 2-for-3 with a walk and run in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

Abreu saw 22 pitches on the night, a good sign for a player struggling with plate discipline. After hitting 30-plus homers in each of the past two seasons, the first baseman has struggled out of the gate in 2016 (.207/.290/.345). Pitchers may be adjusting to the power-hitting 29-year-old, but history would suggest he will find a better stroke soon.

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Hanley Ramirez
Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Three hits in Thursday's loss
Hanley Ramirez, 1B, BOS
5:23 AM
News: Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI in Thursday night's 5-3 loss to Atlanta.

Ramirez was Boston's hitting star Thursday, raising his season average .287, but he's not made much of an impact at the plate this season. He's last among the team's regulars with a .373 slugging percentage and .658 OPS. While Boston waits for Ramirez's bat to generate more power, they haven't had to worry about finding a place for him in the field. He's been playing better-than-expected defense at first base, which was a huge question mark since it was announced in the offseason that he would transition there.

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Casey Gillaspie
Rays' Casey Gillaspie: Showing excellent plate discipline
Casey Gillaspie, 1B, TB
4/28/2016
News: Gillaspie, 23, is slashing .276/.408/.534 with three home runs and eight RBI through 17 games for Double-A Montgomery.

Gillaspie has tallied almost as many walks (13) as strikeouts (15). He also hit 17 home runs in 79 games in an injury-shortened 2015 campaign, so he has some pop.

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Daniel Palka
Twins' Daniel Palka: Scorching start at Double-A
Daniel Palka, 1B, MIN
4/28/2016
News: Palka, 24, is batting .338/.405/.563 with three home runs, 15 RBI and one steal through 18 games for Double-A Chattanooga.

On the downside, Palka is still striking out too much, and he will turn 25 at the end of the year. That being said, it is difficult to argue with the results overall thus far.

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Trey Mancini
Orioles' Trey Mancini: Promoted to Triple-A
Trey Mancini, 1B, BAL
4/28/2016
News: Mancini, 24, has already been promoted to Triple-A after smacking seven home runs in his first 17 games for Double-A Bowie.

Mancini tormented Double-A pitching both last season and this year, so this promotion should come as no surprise. Assuming he can handle Triple-A, his only issue will be that he is blocked by Chris Davis and Pedro Alvarez at the big league level.

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Paul Goldschmidt
Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt: Blasts a home run on Wednesday
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
4/28/2016
News: Goldschmidt hit his sixth home run of the season in Wednesday's loss to St. Louis.

Goldschmidt is now tied for the team lead in home runs with Wellington Castillo, and he leads the Diamondbacks with 16 RBI. Still hitting just .250, look for Goldy to post MVP-caliber stats as his average continues to rise.

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