Let's take a look around the league at the fantasy baseball news and notes for March 29. ADP/positional rankings courtesy of NFBC.
Urias to stay in spring training
Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias (SP-44) will not be on the team’s opening day roster, according to MLB.com. It is expected the 20-year-old pitcher will spend time in extended spring training until he rejoins the team. There is no timeline for Urias’ return to major league action, but Alex Wood is expected to make the team as a starter or reliever. Wood’s most recent spring outing was disastrous as he allowed 11 hits and faced 29(!) batters in six innings pitched, while surrendering five earned runs.
Detroit's Matt Boyd to start
Speaking of final spots in the rotation, Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd (SP-114) will start the season as Detroit’s fifth starter. The Detroit Free Press is also reporting that pitcher Anibal Sanchez will be the team’s long-reliever. Boyd has been impressive in spring action with a 2.49 ERA in 21 2/3 innings, 21 strikeouts and no walks. Boyd is currently carrying an ADP of about 394. Keep an eye on him as a pitcher for the tail end of your fantasy draft, or waiver wire pick up. Boyd might also be a good option if you are a Steven Matz/other injury prone pitcher owner.
Harvey to start third game
It appears Matt Harvey (SP-38) is coming around health wise and will start the Mets’ third game of the season. Good news for a pitching staff that has struggled with injuries. Harvey is looking to rebound after a 2016 in which he went 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA.
Keuchel still sharp, despite shaky start
Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel (SP-35) had his first stressful outing of the spring allowing three runs on six hits with and two walks. Keuchel also struck out four batters in 4 2/3 innings on 90 pitches. Not terrible by any means, but the pitch count is a bit high for 4 2/3 innings. Despite this start, Keuchel has been awesome in his Grapefruit League starts posting a 2.70 ERA, 10 strikeouts and just three walks. Welcome sight for Astros fans and fantasy owners alike as Keuchel’s 2016 regression appears to be an aberration thus far. Keuchel’s 2016 xFIP (3.53) would indicate that he is on track for a return to form.