Dylan Covey
White Sox's Dylan Covey: Will start Wednesday
Dylan Covey, SP, CHW
3/26/2017
News: Covey will start the White Sox's final Cactus League game Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Covey will get a chance to make a final impression on manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Don Cooper after what was his best outing of the spring Saturday. If he fares well Wednesday, Covey could be the fill-in starter for Carlos Rodon.

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Dillon Overton
Mariners' Dillon Overton: Impressive over six innings Saturday
Dillon Overton, SP, SEA
3/26/2017
News: Overton (1-1) gave up an earned run on four hits over six innings in Saturday's 3-1 Cactus League win over the Rangers. He struck out three.

Overton produced his second straight strong start and did so against a Rangers lineup that included regulars Juricskon Profar, Shin-Soo Choo, Roughned Odor and Nomar Mazara. Although he's still expected to start the season in Triple-A Tacoma, the 25-year-old southpaw's performance this spring, which includes a 2.65 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 13:0 K:BB over 17 innings across six appearances (two starts), certainly lays the foundation for a potential call-up during the regular season.

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Kyle Gibson
Twins' Kyle Gibson: Continues strong spring
Kyle Gibson, SP, MIN
3/26/2017
News: Gibson threw six scoreless innings with four strikeouts in Sunday's loss to Boston to lower his spring training ERA to 1.59. Gibson will make a minor league spring start Friday and then start Minnesota's third game of the regular season on April 6, MLB.com reports.

Gibson altered his delivery in the offseason to help reduce shoulder pain and the new mechanics could point toward a bounceback season after a disappointing 5.07 ERA last year. He has just a 6.1 K/9 this spring, however, as he'll likely need to improve his strikeout rate to make a significant leap this year.

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Blake Snell
Rays' Blake Snell: More effective with fastball, control Saturday
Blake Snell, SP, TB
3/26/2017
News: Snell (2-2), who struck out three but gave up four earned runs on six hits and one walk over 4.2 innings in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox, threw his fastball with more conviction, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

Although Snell exhibited better control in terms of issuing only one free pass, he still threw 92 pitches and allowed a three-run home run to Pablo Sandoval. On the positive side, the young lefty did appear to have more confidence while deploying his fastball and also used his slider effectively. Snell noticed the difference in his approach while still acknowledging he has plenty of room for improvement. "I was happy with the way I attacked the zone,'' Snell said. "I felt like I took a stride, I felt like I was more into it, more believing in what I have, more aggressive. Definitely taking that positive, knowing there's a bunch I still need to work on.''

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Kendall Graveman
Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Focusing on cutter as Opening Day nears
Kendall Graveman, SP, OAK
3/26/2017
News: Graveman, who notched his second victory of spring against the White Sox on Friday by striking out seven over seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball, has been working on refining his cutter, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

Oakland's Opening Day starter has looked up to the task this spring, as he now has a 2.29 ERA and sparkling 0.81 WHIP over 19.7 innings across five starts. Graveman has shown excellent control, as evidenced by a 16:3 K:BB, and a large part of that has been due to his trademark sinker hitting on all cylinders thus far. The 26-year-old has been focusing on getting his cutter up to the same level and was able to deploy it effectively on multiple occasions against a White Sox lineup that included Tim Anderson, Avisail Garcia and the hot-hitting Tyler Saladino.

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James Shields
White Sox's James Shields: Puts up zeroes in four of five innings
James Shields, SP, CHW
3/26/2017
News: Shields allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out two over five innings in Sunday's game against the Giants.

That's a lot of baserunners to be allowing but Shields was able to limit the damage to just one inning. Shields will likely pitch in one of the exhibition games against the Brewers next weekend before making his regular season debut the following Wednesday, April 5, against the Tigers.

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Drew Rucinski
Twins' Drew Rucinski: Assigned to minor league camp
Drew Rucinski, SP, MIN
3/26/2017
News: Rucinski was assigned to Minnesota's minor league camp.

Rucinski had a 6.48 ERA in spring training and was a long shot for a roster spot. At 28 this season and with just a 6.74 K/9 last season at Triple-A, he wouldn't appear to have much upside. He'll likely add depth at Triple-A Rochester.

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Joe Musgrove
Astros' Joe Musgrove: Turns good news into results
Joe Musgrove, SP, HOU
3/26/2017
News: Musgrove allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four over five innings Sunday against the Nationals.

Musgrove was informed earlier in the day that he won a spot in the rotation and will pitch the fourth game of the regular season. He turned that good news into a strong performance Sunday, facing one batter over the minimum after the first inning in a 79-pitch (53 strikes) outing. He'll take the ball April 6 against Seattle, and by dint of his order in the rotation figures to be safe when Collin McHugh -- expected to open the season on the 10-day disabled list -- becomes available.

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Tyler Skaggs
Angels' Tyler Skaggs: Sharp in 75-pitch outing Saturday
Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA
3/26/2017
News: Skaggs tossed four innings of one-run ball Saturday, surrendering four hits while striking out three in a win over Arizona.

The 25-year-old has looked sharp in three outings since being sidelined with shoulder soreness. While any type of injury should strike fear in the hearts of his owners, it appears that the talented lefty has sidestepped any serious damage. The Angels have yet to announce Skaggs as a part of their rotation, but the pitcher said that he feels ready to go, stating that he should get to 85-90 pitches in his next spring outing. Skaggs remains a high-upside, late-round pitcher, who could outperform his price if his health and production trend in the right direction.

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Chris Tillman
Orioles' Chris Tillman: Successful throwing session
Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
3/26/2017
News: Tillman (shoulder) resumed throwing Sunday, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxOnline.com reports.

Tillman received a cortisone shot last Sunday and took the week off to allow the shot to have its intended effect. Manager Buck Showalter said that the throwing session went well, and the veteran pitcher is expected to throw again Tuesday.

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