Matt Garza
Brewers' Matt Garza: Struggling this spring
Matt Garza, SP, MIL
3/22/2017
News: Garza owns a 6.57 ERA, 2.11 WHIP, and 5:6 K:BB in 12.1 innings over five appearances this spring.

Garza has hardly had a productive spring, but he is due $12.5 million in 2017, so he still has a shot to break camp with a spot in the starting rotation. He is coming off his best outing of the spring, one in which he gave up just one earned run over 3.2 innings, but he did allow the opponent to average over two baserunners per inning for the fourth straight outing.

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Cody Reed
Reds' Cody Reed: Another strong outing
Cody Reed, SP, CIN
3/22/2017
News: Reed was fantastic Tuesday against the Angels, throwing 5.2 scoreless innings while allowing one hit and two walks, striking out five.

While a number of the Reds' young starters have had good springs, Reed has at least already had a taste of the majors and demonstrated even when other things went poorly that he could miss bats. He could be a good post-hype sleeper.

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Kyle Freeland
Rockies' Kyle Freeland: Competing for rotation spot
Kyle Freeland, SP, COL
3/22/2017
News: Freeland is competing for one of the final two spots in the Rockies' rotation, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

He gave up one run on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five innings Wednesday, and now boasts a 2.25 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 16 innings this spring. Four of the Rockies' top young arms (Jeff Hoffman, German Marquez, Antonio Senzatela and Freeland) are competing for the final two spots in the rotation. Hoffman and Marquez are the favorites to start the year in the rotation, but Freeland's spring will not go unnoticed, and he figures to earn at least a handful of starts at some point this year.

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Jered Weaver
Padres' Jered Weaver: Dealing with dead arm
Jered Weaver, SP, SD
3/22/2017
News: Weaver said he's "dealing with a little dead arm," but doesn't expect it to impact his status for the opening series, A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

Weaver has apparently had the same issue multiple times before, so it doesn't seem like it's anything overly serious. Assuming it's the same issue he's dealt with in the past, it doesn't appear that he's in jeopardy of missing his first start of the season, but it's something we'll monitor.

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Max Scherzer
Nationals' Max Scherzer: Says finger issue is completely behind him
Max Scherzer, SP, WAS
3/22/2017
News: Scherzer, who threw 73 pitches over 4.2 innings in his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday, threw with his normal grip and says his the finger issue is completely behind him, MLB.com's Jamal Collier reports.

He gave up one run on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in the outing, and aims to log two more exhibition starts. This puts him on track to start the third game of the season on Mar. 6 against the Marlins. Stephen Strasburg and Tanner Roark line up to start the first two games of the season.

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Trevor Cahill
Padres' Trevor Cahill: Using cutter in hopes of starting
Trevor Cahill, SP, SD
3/22/2017
News: Cahill has been reincorporating his cut-fastball -- a pitch he left behind as a reliever -- in an effort to transition back to a starter, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Cahill had one of his better spring outings Tuesday, tossing five innings and allowing just one run while striking out seven. The veteran used his cutter four times in the loss to the Giants, citing its effectiveness against lefties. The 29-year-old is a leading candidate to make one of the Padres' final two rotation spots, and Tuesday's dominant outing only helps his case. Cahill has been a middling starter in the past, but his improvements in 2016 as a reliever, coupled with his new pitcher-friendly ballpark, make him an intriguing target in deeper formats and a possible streaming candidate in standard leagues if he wins a starting job.

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Stephen Strasburg
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Seemingly headed for Opening Day start
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
3/22/2017
News: The Nationals have lined up their rotation in an order that suggests Strasburg will take the mound for Opening Day, MASN Sports reports.

The Nationals likely will wait for their third game to start Max Scherzer, who is making his first Grapefruit League appearance of the year Wednesday. Although it hasn't been officially announced, Strasburg is in line to start Opening Day against Miami, with Tanner Roark handling the second game.

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Brett Anderson
Cubs' Brett Anderson: Expected to win rotation spot
Brett Anderson, SP, CHC
3/22/2017
News: Barring a setback in the next two weeks, Anderson is expected to begin the season as the Cubs' No. 5 starter, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Anderson hasn't been great this spring, but he still figures to begin the year in the rotation, which would push Mike Montgomery into a long-relief/spot-starter role. The decision is perhaps by default, as Anderson does not have experience as a reliever, while Montgomery excelled in a relief role last season, including getting the save in Game 7 of the World Series. Cubs manager Joe Maddon has said he may take a "hybrid" approach that occasionally uses a sixth starter.

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Dylan Cease
Cubs' Dylan Cease: Working on secondary pitches
Dylan Cease, SP, CHC
3/22/2017
News: Cease said he wants to work on his changeup and breaking ball this season, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Cease can touch 100 mph on the radar gun, but the development of reliable secondary pitches will be key in his rise through the minors. "I would like to see development in my changeup this year," Cease said. "I feel very good with my breaking ball right now. So with that one, it will be more of throwing one for a strike and then bounce it when I want to because I feel confident enough with the spin and depth. With the changeup, I'm still using that in the games and getting that feel." The 21-year-old is likely to begin the 2017 season with Low-A South Bend.

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Carlos Martinez
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Named Opening Day starter
Carlos Martinez, SP, STL
3/22/2017
News: Martinez will be the Cardinals' Opening Day starter, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Martinez will face Jon Lester and the Cubs in the Sunday night opener, with Adam Wainwright and Jake Arrieta then squaring off Tuesday in the second game of the series. Martinez is back in Cardinals camp and scheduled to start Wednesday's Grapefruit League matchup for the Nationals, after striking out eight batters while allowing one earned run over eight innings at the World Baseball Classic.

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