Chase d'Arnaud
Braves' Chase d'Arnaud: Competing for primary utility spot
Chase d'Arnaud, SS, ATL
11:05 AM
News: D'Arnaud will compete with Jace Peterson 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. D'Arnaud did play everywhere but pitcher, catcher and first base in 2016, however, giving him a leg up in the battle. 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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Trea Turner
Nationals' Trea Turner: Misses workout for jury duty
Trea Turner, SS, WAS
10:45 AM
News: Turner skipped Wednesday's team workout because he was summoned for jury duty, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Turner understands that even MLB superstars must fulfill their civic obligations. He shouldn't miss more than a few days as he returns to D.C. Turner, the Nationals' starting shortstop, is coming off a breakout year in which he finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting.

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Asdrubal Cabrera
Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera: Could see at-bats in leadoff spot
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, NYM
10:40 AM
News: Cabrera 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 primarily hit second for the Mets last season, but in his career Cabrera has hit .286/.321/.410 in 315 at-bats from the top of the order. With Reyes stuck in a super-utility role, the team will need someone else to hit leadoff in their standard starting eight, and if Cabrera can maintain the .336 OBP he posted in 2016, he could prove to be the best man for the job, potentially giving him a few more run-scoring opportunities but costing him some RBI when he hits behind the pitcher.

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Charlie Culberson
Dodgers' Charlie Culberson: Will compete for utility role
Charlie Culberson, SS, LAD
2/21/2017
News: Dodgers' general manager Farhan Zaidi said that Culberson will compete for an infield utility role this spring, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

Culberson was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City this past offseason after slashing .299/.309/.388 in 68 major league plate appearances. He will compete with Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor for the utility role because all three have experience at short. With Culberson no longer on the 40-man roster, he has to be considered the underdog in the race because the Dodgers would have to make a corresponding move to place him back.

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Amed Rosario
Mets' Amed Rosario: Flashes power in batting practice
Amed Rosario, SS, NYM
2/21/2017
News: Rosario, who added about 10 pounds of muscle to his frame this offseason, launched a ball off the top of the batter's eye in straightaway center field during a batting practice session Monday, The New York Daily News reports.

Although he's been added to the 40-man roster, Rosario is a long shot to see significant action in the majors this year, as the Mets would prefer he gets a full season's worth of at-bats at Triple-A before competing for the starting role at shortstop in 2018. Nonetheless, the 21-year-old blossomed as an elite prospect last season when his bat began to catch up to his glove, and further improvements in that area could accelerate the organization's timetable for him. After hitting .341/.392/.481 in 54 games at Double-A last season, don't be surprised if Rosario puts up some huge numbers in the desert for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2017.

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Ian Desmond
Rockies' Ian Desmond: Working hard on defense at first base
Ian Desmond, SS, COL
2/20/2017
News: Desmond has worked extensively on learning his new position (first base) since signing a five-year, $70 million contract with the Rockies this offseason, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

He has worked at the position this offseason, both at his home near Sarasota, Fla., and in special sessions with manager Bud Black, coach Ron Gideon, third-base coach Stu Cole and first-base coach Tony Diaz. While the Rockies' signing of Desmond with the intention of having him move down the defensive spectrum to first base has been largely criticized by analysts, the move to Colorado is excellent for his fantasy value, at least as long has retains his outfield eligibility in 2017.

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Christian Arroyo
Giants' Christian Arroyo: Opening Day debut unlikely
Christian Arroyo, SS, SF
2/19/2017
News: With several veterans competing for the backup third base role, Arroyo will see less at-bats this spring and is destined to start the year in the minors, CSN Bay Area reports.

The Giants brought in Jimmy Rollins and Aaron Hill to compete with Conor Gillaspie for the primary backup third base role this spring. General manager Bobby Evans already acknowledged that Arroyo will lose playing time this spring because of the competition, but he also mentioned that organization "knows he can hit at this level." While that is a positive comment to hear from the GM, it also means the club has already determined that Arroyo won't be competing for a 25-man roster spot. A strong start in the minors would go a long way in forcing the Giants' hand should a spot open up in the majors at some point this season.

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Alen Hanson
Pirates' Alen Hanson: Make it or break it spring
Alen Hanson, SS, PIT
2/19/2017
News: Hanson is in the mix for a bench spot to start the 2017 season, Pirates Prospects reports. "It's going to be an interesting spring for Alen," Clint Hurdle said. "We're going to move him around. We're going to even ask what might be there at shortstop. There's an opportunity for him to be the super U that J-Hay was in 2014."

Hanson is out of options, giving him his best shot at making the roster. He holds a career slash line of .281/.340/.435 in seven minor league seasons, though he's still only 24 years of age. Hanson has suffered bouts of concentration lapses throughout his career but is worth keeping an eye on -- he's averaged 32 stolen bases in the upper minors the last three years.

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Adeiny Hechavarria
Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria: Misses Friday's workout due to court date
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA
2/18/2017
News: Hechavarria missed Friday's team workout to give testimony in the trial of agent Bart Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, charged with running a smuggling ring for Cuban ballplayers, The Miami Herald reports.

Jose Abreu and Leonys Martin are among the other players brought through Mexico by the duo, who then got a lucrative cut of any major league contract signed by the players. Hechavarria, who fled Cuba in 2009 and initially lied to federal investigators when questioned in 2012, received immunity from prosecution for his testimony, and there's no indication that he'll face discipline from the Marlins or the league stemming from this. Hechavarria may be absent from camp Tuesday as well, when the trial resumes after Presidents' Day weekend.

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Freddy Galvis
Phillies' Freddy Galvis: Participates in infield work Friday
Freddy Galvis, SS, PHI
2/17/2017
News: Galvis (groin) took infield work and participated in live batting practice sessions against pitchers on Friday, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports.

This is further indication that Galvis' injury is minor. Manager Pete Mackanin said the team is just being very cautious with Galvis. It is a sensible move with camp just getting underway. Galvis will open the year as the Phillies' starting shortstop.

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