Freddy Galvis
Phillies' Freddy Galvis: Back in action
Freddy Galvis, SS, PHI
2/27/2017
News: Galvis (groin) started at shortstop Monday and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

Galvis got a day off Sunday after returning from a mild groin injury on Saturday. He's hitless with two strikeouts through his first two games this spring.

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Reid Brignac
Astros' Reid Brignac: Trying out switch-hititng
Reid Brignac, SS, HOU
2/27/2017
News: Brignac is experimenting with switch-hitting this spring in order to give himself a better shot of seeing more playing time, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

After slashing a woeful .207/.207/.276 in 29 plate appearances with the Braves and an unspectacular performance in 424 plate appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett, Brignac is changing things up in order to make himself more of a threat as a hitter. The 31-year-old journeyman will be hoping that, by becoming a switch-hitter, his manager will be less inclined to pinch hit for him later in games in order to get a favorable righty-lefty matchup. While it is a promising idea, Brignac will have to prove this spring that he can actually hack it from both sides of the plate.

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Dixon Machado
Tigers' Dixon Machado: Plays third base Sunday
Dixon Machado, SS, DET
2/27/2017
News: Machado started at third base in Sunday's spring training game, his first time appearing at the position since 2015, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Machado is primarily a shortstop who also played a little second base last season. Machado, who is out of options, is battling for a bench spot this spring. "Versatility will help, for sure," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Versatility always helps when it comes to guys that could potentially be coming off the bench." Machado could be a useful defensive option for the Tigers, but he probably won't play often enough to offer much from a fantasy perspective.

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Aledmys Diaz
Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz: Raps pair of singles in Sunday win
Aledmys Diaz, SS, STL
2/27/2017
News: Diaz went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles, sacrifice fly and one run in Sunday's 7-4 Grapefruit League win over the Marlins.

Diaz brought home Eric Fryer with his fourth-inning sac fly after having been driven in himself by Yadier Molina's second-inning two-bagger. Now in full possession of the starting shortstop job, the second-year phenom will look to build on his stellar .300/.369/.510 line from 2016 in the coming season.

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Carlos Correa
Astros' Carlos Correa: Makes Grapefruit League debut
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU
2/27/2017
News: Correa went went 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's game against the Braves.

Houston's projected starting shortstop was delayed at the onset of camp after having his wisdom teeth removed, but is at full strength now. He'll sit out Monday's game before playing the next two. After that, Correa's off to the World Baseball Classic to compete for Team Puerto Rico.

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Jean Segura
Mariners' Jean Segura: Laces double in Mariners debut
Jean Segura, SS, SEA
2/26/2017
News: Segura went 1-for-2 with a double and run scored in Saturday's 13-3 Cactus League victory over the Padres.

Hitting out of the two-hole, Segura made an immediate impact with a line-drive double to left field in the first, eventually coming home on Nelson Cruz's three-run blast later in the frame. It was an ideal start for the offseason acquisition, who the Mariners are counting on as a formidable presence in front of Robinson Cano and Cruz near the top of the order. Given his demonstrated ability to pack the box score and the menacing pair hitting behind him, Segura could be in for an even more explosive campaign than 2016, when he compiled a whopping 68 extra-base hits with the Diamondbacks.

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Xander Bogaerts
Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Sets base-stealing goal
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
2/26/2017
News: Bogaerts has set a goal to steal at least 20 bases during the 2017 season, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Bogaerts stole a career-high 13 bags last season, but feels Boston's offensive plan will need to be different without David Ortiz in the lineup. Whereas last season he would remain put when getting on base in front of Ortiz, he feels the offense may need to a bit more creative in 2017. Adding a stolen-base element to his burgeoning offensive repertoire will certainly enhance the shortstop's value.

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Tim Anderson
White Sox's Tim Anderson: Leads off in Cactus League opener
Tim Anderson, SS, CHW
2/26/2017
News: Anderson was the White Sox's leadoff hitter in Saturday's game against the Dodgers. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.

With Adam Eaton, who started 119 games last season as Chicago's leadoff hitter, off the Washington, Anderson is being given the first crack atop the batting order in 2017. He's not an ideal leadoff hitter, as evidenced by a 27.1 percent strikeout rate and .306 on-base percentage in 2016. He's cognizant of what's needed from a leadoff hitter -- seeing more pitches, reducing strikeouts -- but Anderson said he doesn't plan to change his approach too much. White Sox manager Rick Renteria is confident in Anderson's ability to adapt, but also indicated others will get opportunities.

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Brandon Crawford
Giants' Brandon Crawford: Goes hitless in spring debut
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
2/25/2017
News: Crawford batted leadoff and went 0-for-2 in his spring training debut against the Reds on Friday.

The lineup order should be disregarded as Crawford won't be batting leadoff come Opening Day. The 29-year-old saw his power numbers dip back to regular levels in 2016 after exploding for 21 homers the year prior. While the homers regressed, Crawford actually improved his batting average (.275) and on-base percentage (.342) while maintaining the 84 RBI high watermark he set in 2016. If he can maintain those levels, he will have value as a shortstop despite not hitting for plus power or stealing a ton of bases.

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Didi Gregorius
Yankees' Didi Gregorius: Set to join Netherlands in World Baseball Classic
Didi Gregorius, SS, NYY
2/25/2017
News: Gregorius will leave the Yankees' spring training facility Tuesday in order to join Team Netherlands in advance of the World Baseball Classic, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports.

Gregorius' role with the team as the starting shortstop is secure, so provided the 27-year-old is able to stay healthy, his departure from the team in the spring shouldn't have much of an impact. He broke out last season with career bests in home runs (20), RBI (70), and batting average (.276), and while that still isn't in the upper echelon of the young shortstop talent that's emerged in recent years, Gregorius should provide a solid option up the middle for fantasy owners.

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