Brad Miller
Rays' Brad Miller: No trouble in first game at second base
Brad Miller, SS, TB
1:30 AM
News: Miller, who went 0-for-3 in Friday's 3-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Twins, handled back-to-back chances at second base cleanly, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The slugging infielder and the Rays were content with Miller's deubt effort at second in live action this spring, which drew praise from manager Kevin Cash following the game. Assuming the 27-year-old locks down his new position as expected, the team will be able to deploy Matt Duffy in the shortstop role that he's comfortable in. Miller is expected to see plenty of reps at the keystone this spring in preparation for the regular season.

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Tim Beckham
Rays' Tim Beckham: Rips pair of extra-base hits in Grapefruit League opener
Tim Beckham, SS, TB
1:20 AM
News: Beckham, who started at shortstop in Friday's 3-1 Grapefruit League opening victory versus the Twins, went 2-for-2 with a double, triple and run scored.

Beckham opened the game with a hard-hit two-bagger to center and followed it up with a triple to right-center in his next at-bat. It was a superb start for the utilty man extraordinaire, who is expected to add outfield to his expansive defensive resume during Grapefruit League play. His opening performance earned him rave reviews from manager Kevin Cash, who lauded Beckham for his aggressiveness at the plate and commented that "he looked awesome".

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Elvis Andrus
Rangers' Elvis Andrus: Will miss Cactus League opener
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
2/24/2017
News: Andrus (groin) will sit out the Rangers' Cactus League opener Saturday as he continues to take things slow in spring training, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Texas will not rush him back as he recovers from sports hernia surgery, though fantasy players will want to see him in action for at least a week's worth of games to feel comfortable plucking him in the middle to late rounds of mixed drafts. Last season (.302, eight home runs, 69 RBI, 75 runs, 24 steals) might've been his peak, so be careful not to pay for more than that in 2017.

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Tyler Krieger
Indians' Tyler Krieger: Chooses WBC over spring camp with confidence
Tyler Krieger, SS, CLE
2/24/2017
News: Krieger believes playing in the World Baseball Classic will be more beneficial to him than remaining in Arizona for spring training with the Indians, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports

Krieger will miss valuable spring training time while playing in the WBC, but he believes the experience of playing alongside some of the world's best baseball players will be worth it. "I'm going to be getting good at-bats out there and getting ready for the season," Krieger said. "So once I get back from the tournament, which could be any time, I'll be prepared for the Indians just as well as if I was here." Selected by the Indians in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, Krieger began last season at Single-A Lake County and at High-A Lynchburg. For the season as a whole, the organization's No. 18 prospect batted .299 with five home runs, 58 RBI and 21 stolen bases.

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J.J. Hardy
Orioles' J.J. Hardy: Says back is feeling much better
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
2/24/2017
News: Hardy said his back is feeling much better after yesterday's injection, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

According to Hardy, yesterday's treatment was done to "get over the hump." There's not much concern about his Opening Day status at this point, but it'd be reassuring for fantasy owners to see him back on the practice field soon.

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Franklin Barreto
Athletics' Franklin Barreto: Will stay up the middle in camp
Franklin Barreto, SS, OAK
2/23/2017
News: A's manager Bob Melvin said Barreto will spend his time at shortstop and second base this spring, John Hickey of The Mercury News reports.

The club's top prospect is knocking loudly on the door for a job with the big club sometime this coming season. Though Marcus Semien has locked down shortstop, Barreto may have a shot at second base, currently occupied by injury-prone Jed Lowrie and other uninspiring options. Whenever he's called up, he may immediately jump toward the top of the order. He's a difference-making bat worth stashing in deep leagues, though the wait is much easier to endure in AL-only games because of the late-season upside he'd offer.

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Troy Tulowitzki
Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki: Sitting out first week of exhibition games
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, TOR
2/23/2017
News: Tulowitzki will get some rest and sit out the first week of Grapefruit League games, Mike Nabors of MLB.com reports.

On Wednesday, Jays' manager John Gibbons confirmed the decision to delay Tulowitzki's spring start to keep the 11-year veteran from being overworked early in the campaign. It's no secret that the five-time All-Star shortstop has an extensive history of injuries and DL stints, so easing Tulowitzki's workload this spring makes perfect sense. With the extended Grapefruit League schedule this year (due to the World Baseball Classic), Tulowitzki should still see plenty of at-bats to be running on all cylinders by Opening Day.

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Ehire Adrianza
Twins' Ehire Adrianza: Competing for utility role
Ehire Adrianza, SS, MIN
2/23/2017
News: Adrianza will compete with Eduardo Escobar and Danny Santana for a utility role this spring, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Adrianza's glove rates well by advanced metrics (career average UZR/150 of 19.8) and may be needed at times to replace potentially below-average gloves at third base and shortstop in Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco. As a result, Adrianza may have the lead over Danny Santana, who doesn't have a strong infield glove, for the final spot on the bench as spring training begins.

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Carlos Correa
Astros' Carlos Correa: Cleared for full workouts
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU
2/22/2017
News: Correa fully participated in Wednesday's workout after being cleared for all activities, Jake Kaplan of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Correa had been limited in workouts after having his wisdom teeth removed last week, but manager A.J. Hinch says the slugger is "a full go." Expect the young shortstop to be ready for the Astros' first Grapefruit League game on Saturday.

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Xander Bogaerts
Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Read and react to pitches
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
2/19/2017
News: Bogaerts' slump during the second half of 2016 was partially due to him making a decision where he wanted to hit the ball before the pitch reached him, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

Bogaerts hit just .253/.317/.412/.729 after the All-Star break, though within that stretch there were pockets of a better approach, something that assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez pointed out to the shortstop. "You just have to start up the middle," Bogaerts said. "If you start up the middle, you can hit in and away. Sometimes I think too much away, and when they throw me in, all I can do is a little jam shot. If you think middle and keep your body straight, you see it and recognize -- and boom." As much as the 24-year-old shortstop has developed since entering the majors, the last bit of potential that remains untapped is avoiding those annoying prolonged slumps. That will come when he consistently stays back and reacts accordingly to the pitch delivered to him.

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