If your looking for the Will Ferrell whirlwind tour, check out the Cactus League highlights.
We would have loved to see him in Florida, though!
This is the Grapefruit League day in review.
Each day, we try to share with you the pertinent Fantasy Baseball info you need to know from the previous day’s games.
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Grapefruit League Fantasy Updates for March 12, 2015
Nationals (9) @ Mets (11)
The Nationals gave their regulars the day off, but someone who should be a factor early on did play. Promise or potential are labels associated with Michael A. Taylor and the opportunity is there early on in 2015 with Denard Span and Jayson Werth banged up. The question is can he capitalize on it?
Taylor delivered with a double that plated two RBIs in three ABs today and should be monitored throughout the Spring.
On the pitching front we got a glimpse of the Nationals future with A.J. Cole on the bump, but his performance was uninspiring over an inning and two thirds.
Jacob deGrom and his hair were on the mound today and the National League Rookie of the Year logged three innings, surrounding three hits and two runs with five strike outs.
Steven Matz. The soon to be twenty -four-year-old left-handed prospect has drawn rave reviews from some and mixed from others. Mister Matz pitched three frames allowing three hits, one earned run, a walk and a strike out.
Juan Lagares knocked out three hits while corner OFs Curtis Grandson and Michael Cuddyer each left the yard. Granderson and Cuddyer are nice options when rounding out your Outfield in auctions and drafts.
Blue Jays (3) @ Rays (10)
Dalton Pompey, the center fielder of the future and the future is now, recorded two hits in three ABs. It is Pompey’s job to lose and I’m buying him in the later of rounds of drafts and you should too. This Jays prospect was impressive in the Arizona Fall League during my November visit.
Devon Travis, acquired from Detroit for the speedy Anthony Gose this past winter, is the favorite in the 2B battle up North of the border. Adding two hits and driving in a run is a resume builder.
Mark Buehrle tossed three shutout innings and is worthy of a bench spot in deep mixed leagues.
Marco Estrada hit the jack pot with triple 7-7-7, hits-runs-earned runs and yielded a homer for good measure. The damage was done in less then an inning of work.
Desmond Jenning hit leadoff and filled the stat sheet with two hits, a run and stole his second base of the spring.
Nick Franklin, in his quest to secure the Opening Day 2B job in Tampa, smacked a couple of hits and plated two runs on the day.
Rays ace Alex Cobb was not sharp today, getting hit around, but this starting pitcher is on the verge of great things and will be highly sought after on draft day.
Orioles (2) @ Reds (8)
The Baltimore Orioles lineup was without it’s primetime players on Thursday afternoon.
Bud Norris got the nod versus the Cardinals and gave up three runs, including a blast by Mark Reynolds in the third inning but the pitching highlight of the game came in the fifth.
Dylan Bundy, the Orioles uber prospect, appeared in the fifth, hurling two innings, allowing one run to score.
Jamie Garcia, the talented but ever fragile Cardinals pitcher, threw four innings, giving up two hits , one run and punched out five in the process.
The previously mentioned Mark Reynolds brought his boom stick and launched a three-run homer.
Matt Holliday and Jason Heyward each recorded hits.
Randal Grichuk received the start and went 0-3 while Stephen Piscotty appeared as pinch hitter doubling in a run.
Red Sox (5) @ Pirates (1)
Clay Buchholz continued his impressive Spring Training with another solid outing, only allowing an unearned run and striking out two batters over three innings.
David Ortiz crushed one to dead center that seemingly disappeared. Big papa can still deliver even at his advanced age.
Pablo Sandoval hit his first homer of the Spring, as the Panda hopes to become a Fenway Favorite.
Tigers (3) @ Astros (4)
Anthony Gose was the Tigers highlight reel in this split squad game. Gose, the offseason acquisition from Toronto, is taking advantage of his new found opportunity with a double, triple and two runs batted in.
Dan Straily started for the Stros and is hoping to break camp as the teams fifth starter. Straily tossed three innings with one run against.
Jose Altuve went 3-3, stole a base and knocked in a run.
Jake Marisnick went 2-2, scored two runs and stole a base.
George Springer went 0-3 with a strike out.
Marlins (6) @ Twins (7)
Jarred Cosart struggled over his two innings worked, giving up four hits and three runs.
Dee Gordon lead off, going 1-3 with an RBI, if Gordon keeps the role atop the Marlins lineup he will provide a profitable Return On Investment.
Christian Yelich went 1-3 and is a star in the making.
Marcel Ozuna also went 1-3 and is another young Marlin Outfielder on the upswing.
Phil Hughes didn’t make it out of the second inning after yielding four runs, but I wouldn’t get too concerned with this afternoon’s performance.
Brian Dozier homered and will once again be an asset for fantasy players.
Eddie Rosario went 2-2 with an RBI, this Twins prospect hit the ball all over of the Arizona Fall League.
Joe Mauer went 1-2, remember Mauer with Power?
Miguel Sano went hitless but did draw a walk.
Byron Buxton, the Prize of the Twins organization, got an at-bat, flying out to center.
Aaron Hicks remember him? Hicks is trying to lock down a gig with the Twinkies and is the favorite to be the Opening Day CF.
Phillies (6) @ Tigers (5)
Jeff Francouer was the offensive star going 2-4 with an RBI and stolen base. The Fightin’ Phils are in serious trouble for 2015.
Ben Revere, Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard all went hitless this afternoon.
Justin Verlander delivered a promising performance with three shutout innings, but everyone remembers last year’s Spring Training.
Joe Nathan pitched two thirds of an inning and was torched for six runs, four earned and five hits. Be afraid, be very afraid…
Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless inning and is armed and ready to usurp Nathan as the closer in Detroit.
Braves (2) @ Yankees (3)
Shelby Miller toed the rubber, giving up one run and striking out two over three innings of work with some encouraging signs.
Freddie Freeman went 0-3 on the day and as Freddie goes so does the Braves offense.
Masahiro Tanaka made his Spring Training debut and was impressive in his two scoreless innings disposing of the Braves swiftly. Yes his filthy splitter was on display, but Tanaka still remains a ticking time bomb, draft accordingly.
Even without Will Ferrell appearing in any Cactus League games there was still plenty of good baseball in the sunshine state. Another day closer to Opening Day!