Corey Seager
Dodgers' Corey Seager: Will play field in minor league game
Corey Seager, SS, LAD
3/23/2017
News: Seager (oblique) will hit and play four or five innings at shortstop in Friday's minor league game, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

After appearing in Tuesday's minor league game as DH, Seager is now scheduled to return to shortstop for the first time since injuring his oblique. This is encouraging, as the 22-year-old has been sidelined for most of March with the issue. It will be close, but barring any setbacks in the field on Friday, he still has time to be ready for Opening Day.

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Brandon Crawford
Giants' Brandon Crawford: Collects two RBI in WBC Championship
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
3/23/2017
News: Crawford went 1-for-5 with a pair of RBI in Team United State's win over Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic Championship on Wednesday.

The slugging shortstop shone in March's biggest stage, slashing .385/.429/.577 with six RBI while playing for his country. Crawford will now reunite with his fellow Giant teammates in Arizona to close out the final couple of weeks of spring training. Barring injury, the 30-year-old will serve as the club's everyday shortstop, providing a little pop and solid counting stats for his position.

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Erick Aybar
Padres' Erick Aybar: Continues to battle for roster spot
Erick Aybar, SS, SD
3/23/2017
News: Aybar went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

The veteran shortstop was brought into camp to compete for a roster spot. The 33-year-old has shown that he can still get the job done, batting .293 (12-for-41) with two RBI and a stolen base. Aybar is clearly outperforming other shortstop candidates, Luis Sardinas and Allen Cordoba, but his age and status as a non-roster invitee are working against him. The rebuilding Padres may be more inclined to give their younger options first crack at the job, which would leave the veteran without a job. Manager Andy Green hasn't laid out his plan for the shortstop position, so we have to continue to assume Aybar is still in the mix for the starting job.

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Ozzie Albies
Braves' Ozzie Albies: Reassigned to minor league camp
Ozzie Albies, SS, ATL
3/23/2017
News: Albies was reassigned to minor league camp Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

After a very impressive, if short, spring training stint with the Braves, Albies will begin the season at Triple-A Gwinnett and look to improve on last season's .248/.307/.351 line. While the 20-year-old would seem to be blocked at the major league level by Brandon Phillips, the Braves are only on the hook for $1 million of Phillips' 2017 salary. Once the front office decides Albies is ready and have delayed the start of his service time clock sufficiently to ensure an extra year of control, expect the organization's No. 4 prospect to get the call.

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Matt Reynolds
Mets' Matt Reynolds: Optioned to minor-league camp
Matt Reynolds, SS, NYM
3/22/2017
News: Reynolds was optioned to the Mets' minor-league camp Tuesday, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

Reynolds was looking to win a utility role with the Mets coming out of spring training, but it appears T.J. Rivera and WIlmer Flores are the leading frontrunners to claim the open bench gigs. The 26-year-old Reynolds is expected to report to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he slashed .264/.336/.357 in 299 plate appearances a season ago.

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Gavin Cecchini
Mets' Gavin Cecchini: Optioned to Triple-A
Gavin Cecchini, SS, NYM
3/22/2017
News: Cecchini was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

Cecchini was in the conversation for a utility role with the Mets, but he and Matt Reynolds, who was also cut Wednesday, were always believed to be firmly behind Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera for those duties. The 23-year-old will now prep for a second straight season at Las Vegas, where he slashed .325/.390/.448 in 2016.

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Isan Diaz
Brewers' Isan Diaz: Impressing with big club this spring
Isan Diaz, SS, MIL
3/20/2017
News: Diaz is 6-for-11 (.545) with a home run, three doubles and four RBI in six spring games with the Brewers.

Diaz reached the Low-A level last year for the first time and will likely open this season with High-A Carolina, but that did not prevent the Brewers from letting him show what he can do with the big club this spring, and he's responded in impressive fashion. The Brewers can be patient with him thanks to the middle-infield depth at the top levels of their system, but he could push his way up the ranks quicker than expected if he keeps hitting like he has this spring and like he did in 2016, when he posted an .827 OPS over 135 games with Wisconsin.

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Christian Arroyo
Giants' Christian Arroyo: Sent to minor league camp
Christian Arroyo, SS, SF
3/20/2017
News: Arroyo was optioned to the minors Sunday, CSN Bay Area reports.

Arroyo left major league camp with a bang, smacking a two-run home run in a loss to the Brewers. The Giants want to give their top hitting prospect regular plate appearances in the minors, as opposed to seeing sporadic time as a bench bat behind Eduardo Nunez, so this move was to be expected. The 21-year-old has progressed well since being drafted out of high school back in 2013. Arroyo may still be a year or two away from a regular role, but he projects to be San Francisco's third baseman of the future.

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Jonathan Villar
Brewers' Jonathan Villar: Rejoins Brew Crew following WBC stint
Jonathan Villar, SS, MIL
3/20/2017
News: Villar has rejoined the Brewers after playing in the WBC with the Dominican Republic, and he could return to spring action Tuesday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Villar played sparingly on a loaded Dominican squad, totaling just five at-bats over three games, but he will have a couple weeks to get used to playing every day again before Opening Day. Villar will be the Brewers' regular second baseman in 2017, and he figures to hit either first or second in the order.

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Addison Russell
Cubs' Addison Russell: Launches fifth spring home run
Addison Russell, SS, CHC
3/20/2017
News: Russell went 2-for-3 and hit his team-leading fifth home run of spring training in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Despite missing a couple of days this spring due to a sore left arm, Russell is still two home runs ahead of any other Cubs player. The 23-year-old launched 21 home runs last season, and he could hit 30 in 2017 as he continues to settle in at the major league level.

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