Scooter Gennett
Brewers' Scooter Gennett: Will see time in left field
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
12:45 PM
News: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Gennett will see as much time in left field as possible with Ryan Braun resting during the first work of spring games, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Gennett will probably share that job with Hernan Perez as the latter prepares for the World Baseball Classic. Gennett is trying to catch on as a utility player after losing the second base job. His platoon work against right-handed pitching will continue to make him useful, especially for daily fantasy games and daily transaction leagues when he's in the lineup, but how often he'll be in the lineup may depend on several dominoes falling.

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Dilson Herrera
Reds' Dilson Herrera: Will miss WBC with shoulder injury
Dilson Herrera, 2B, CIN
11:10 AM
News: Herrera will not play in the World Baseball Classic due to his recent right shoulder inflammation, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The shoulder injury will keep Herrera from representing Colombia, but he can still work on hitting during spring action as he tries to lock down a roster spot out of camp. He'll help his cause more when he gets back to manning the field, though. During his age-23 season, he likely will serve a utility role and start a couple of games per week, though the once heralded prospect could play his way into more duties for this rebuilding club.

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DJ LeMahieu
Rockies' DJ LeMahieu: Expected to hit near top of order
DJ LeMahieu, 2B, COL
2/23/2017
News: Rockies manager Bud Black said he'll likely keep LeMahieu near the top of the lineup, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

In this case, the 2016 NL batting champion again will occupy the two-hole most often behind Charlie Blackmon. LeMahieu crossed the plate 104 times last year, which fueled his fantasy value just as much as the .348 batting average, and keeping a spot near the top increases the odds he'll come close to scoring that much again in this lethal lineup. This news doesn't make Trevor Story owners happy. He'd likely bat seventh with LeMahieu at No. 2.

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Stephen Drew
Nationals' Stephen Drew: Fully recovered from vertigo
Stephen Drew, 2B, WAS
2/23/2017
News: Drew says the vertigo-like symptoms he dealt with last year fully ceased in the offseason, The Washington Post reports. "It took a while to come over that," Drew said. "It was hard to describe. When I got that sick, it's just kind of a freak thing, I don't really know. There's nothing to say like 'Oh, it's this, this, this.' I had no idea. So it's passed and hopefully it won't come back on me."

The 33-year-old played in just 70 games last season, his lowest total since he was a rookie in 2006, but Drew also posted the highest SLG of his career when he was on the field. Given that no official diagnosis for what was causing the symptoms was released, it's tough to completely dismiss the possibility of a relapse, but if Drew does stay healthy in 2017, his role as the primary utility infielder on a team with some aging and injury-prone starters could afford him more playing time than you might think, and some value in deep NL-only leagues.

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Jace Peterson
Braves' Jace Peterson: Competing for primary utility spot
Jace Peterson, 2B, ATL
2/22/2017
News: Peterson will compete with Chase d'Arnaud for the primary utility spot on the Braves' bench, Zak Kerr of MLB.com reports.

For a rebuilding club, the Braves actually have a fairly set starting lineup following the acquisition of Brandon Phillips, so playing time could be tough to come by for the team's bench. Peterson's better offensive resume could make him manager Brian Snitker's preferred option when someone needs a rest, but the team also lacks any depth in the outfield -- starters Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis are currently the only outfielders on the 40-man roster -- so if d'Arnaud or Peterson show they can handle center field on a semi-regular basis, they could see enough at-bats to become a viable option in deep NL-only leagues.

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Neil Walker
Mets' Neil Walker: Could see at-bats in leadoff spot
Neil Walker, 2B, NYM
2/22/2017
News: Walker will get consideration as the Mets' leadoff hitter this season on days when Jose Reyes isn't in the lineup, The New York Post reports.

He didn't hit any higher than second last season for the Mets, and in his career Walker has only eight at-bats from the leadoff spot, but the Mets don't really have any ideal options for the top of the order in their standard starting eight. With Reyes stuck in a super-utility role, however, the team will need someone else to handle the job, and if Walker and his career .339 OBP do see significant action as the leadoff hitter, he could see a slight uptick in his runs scored.

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Jedd Gyorko
Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko: Smacks monster homer in batting practice
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, STL
2/20/2017
News: Gyorko produced mixed results in Monday's batting practice session, struggling against Carlos Martinez but hitting a monstrous homer off Trevor Rosenthal, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The slugging infielder, who smacked 30 homers in his first Cardinals season in 2016, made waves in the morning session with a blast to right field off Rosenthal, who is trying to make the transition from closer to middle reliever or starter this spring. As encouraging as his round-tripper off Rosenthal was, Gyorko had also been humbled in an earlier round of at-bats against Martinez, who stymied him with his trademark changeup. "He's got good stuff. He's the guy that we leaned on last year, and we're going to lean on him again this year to be quality and go out and give us good innings."

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Luis Urias
Padres' Luis Urias: To get time at shortstop
Luis Urias, 2B, SD
2/20/2017
News: Urias will see extended reps at shortstop during spring training, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

A well-regarded prospect for San Diego, Urias has mostly played at second base while only occasionally spending some time shortstop. However, it appears San Diego would like to see if he can play at shortstop at least semi-regularly, which would increase his positional value. At 19 years old, Urias is still has a ways to go before making his big league debut, but the Padres are hoping he can continue to develop into a starting-caliber infielder.

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Brian Anderson
Marlins' Brian Anderson: Will stick at third base for now
Brian Anderson, 2B, MIA
2/20/2017
News: Anderson will continue playing third base in the minor leagues this season, rather than begin a transition into a utility role, The Sun-Sentinel reports. "We want to make sure we don't screw up his development by putting him in different spots," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said over the weekend. "We really like him at third. We don't want to back that up. We want to let him develop at third base."

The 23-year-old hit .302/.377/.440 in 49 games at High-A last year before stumbling after a promotion to Double-A, but he bounced back in the Arizona Fall League, leading the circuit with five home runs in just 22 games. Anderson isn't likely to dislodge Martin Prado from third base any time soon, meaning his best chance at cracking the major league roster down the road will probably come via a bench role, but for now the Marlins are content to let him work on his defense at third and develop as a hitter.

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Ben Zobrist
Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Could rest more this year
Ben Zobrist, 2B, CHC
2/20/2017
News: Zobrist could be given more days off during spring training and the upcoming season, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Zobrist played in 147 games for the Cubs last season, but he'll be turning 36 in May, so manager Joe Maddon said he'll look to find him more rest days in an effort to keep Zobrist fresh for another October run. Helping matters is the emergence of Javier Baez, who gives Chicago another very good option at second base. Expect Baez and Zobrist to platoon there this season, but Baez, who started at second in all 17 postseason games last fall, could end up taking the job full-time. That would push Zobrist into more of a super utility role.

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