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News and Nuggets from the Minors

Now that Spring Training games are underway, there will be many great articles and interviews on some of the top prospects in the game. For now, I will highlight some interesting news and notes from spring training every couple of weeks or so. Once the season starts, News and Nuggets will be coming at you on a weekly basis!

Blue Jays are focused on Nate Pearson’s development

Nate Pearson has been lighting up radar guns in Dunedin this spring, but don’t expect him to break camp with the team. Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca sat down with Ross Adkins to discuss Pearson’s future with the team. While Adkins did not give a direct answer, he did say the Blue Jays are focused on Pearson’s development. However, he did say there is currently no innings limit for Pearson.

Dynasty Impact: Not surprising to see Pearson start the season in Triple-A but he should be up shortly. If he can stay healthy, he should rack up a bunch of strikeouts and wins for your dynasty team. I would fade him slightly in re-draft.

Heliot Ramos suffers oblique strain

Heliot Ramos suffered an oblique strain while making a throw in a recent Spring Training game. He should be out for the rest of spring training games and will be re-evaluated soon to determine if his 2020 season will be delayed. While he wasn’t invited to big league camp, he had played in a couple of spring training games, even homering in a game against the Rockies.

Dynasty Impact: Ramos is a top 5 Giants prospect and should begin the year in Double-A. It is a bit concerning to see him with another injury, even if most of the others were hand related. His stock should be dinged because of this news but there is little chance he will make it to San Francisco this season.

Next step for Triston McKenzie

Triston McKenzie has yet to make his Cactus League debut, Joe Noga of Cleveland.com reports. In Noga’s article, he quotes Terry Francona that “It would be getting into a game but we are trying to figure out what’s in his best interest. The team says he is healthy but anyone should be skeptical. McKenzie missed most of 2018 and all of 2019 due to back and forearm strains. He has been working out with the team in Goodyear and hopefully will get into game action soon.

Dynasty Impact: With McKenzie’s injury history and lanky physique, there is huge doubt he can pitch, let alone be a dominating starter. If he cannot get on the field this year, I’m doubtful he ever will. The 2020 season is HUGE for McKenzie’s future and I really hope he can get past his injury issues. I caught McKenzie in a High-A game in Lynchburg and his stuff was electric.

Luis Garcia shows growth at the plate

Luis Garcia’s growth from last season to this pre-season has caught the eye of Nationals manager Davey Martinez, Pete Kerzel of Masnsports.com reports. During batting practice, Luis Garcia took a fastball for a strike and then changed his stance before the pitcher threw a changeup for a base hit. “I thought that for a kid that young to pay attention and to be intuitive to what this guy is doing says a lot.” Martinez said.

Dynasty Impact: The Washington Nationals are very aggressive in assigning their players if they are high on them. The Nationals must really like Garcia as they assigned him in Double-A at the age of 19 and he was the youngest player on the team until Heliot Ramos was promoted later in the season. Don’t let Garcia’s “down season” scare you- Garcia is a natural hitter and improved in the second half and Arizona Fall League.

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