Moves, injuries, and the fact there are far more drafts happening means plenty of movement along the board for many names. While the top-ten is largely set with Ryan Braun leading the way at number one overall and the usual suspects following suit, there is plenty of news making waves, especially in the middle rounds.
Jobs being awarded is one but we also continue to see plenty of injuries impacting the overall roster and how people will play out in a lineup or bullpen. Here is the news you need to know as drafts lead up to Opening Day.
As expected, the news of Joakim Soria needing Tommy John surgery has done wonders for the other Royals in fantasy drafts. Jonathan Broxton has seen his stock soar the most. While there may be plenty of other candidates, the former Dodgers closer has gone from off the board to number 228 overall. On top of that, he jumped over 100 spots in just the last week. Others are relying on reliever Aaron Crow. He is going at number 298 overall, 100 spots higher than last week as well. This could easily be a committee approach in Kansas City until a leader emerges, but there are saves to be had.
Interesting to see that Freddy Sanchez has made such a major jump over the last two weeks. While the second baseman has moved from number 365 overall to number 250, it appears he could likely start the season on the DL. The Giants gave Sanchez a cortisone shot and the hope is for him to take the field at second base over the weekend. That said, he has yet to throw across his body and there is talk that he is not putting 100 percent speed behind the ball in making throws in general. With the multitude of reports coming out that he will not be ready and the fact he still does not seem to have the confidence in his shoulder, expect his current ADP to retreat some in the next week.
The Nationals will begin the season with closer Drew Storen on the DL. Storen was suffering from inflammation in his elbow but test results revealed no structural damage. The idea that he will not be around for the first handful of games leaves the door open for more save opportunities.
So far, the beneficiary on the draft board has been Brad Lidge. It seems owners are banking on Lidge getting the opportunities in the first week or two of April. His ADP has jumped 140 spots to 255 overall. The issue here would be two-fold. First, because Storen has not pitched of late, his DL stint can be backdated which would allow him to come back with only missing seven or eight games. Additionally, Henry Rodriguez could easily split some of the opportunities that would come up as well.
Sticking in Washington, it looks like Mike Morse will also be starting the season on the DL. Morse was diagnosed with a lat strain and has not participated in any physical activity to this point. It has definitely impacted his ADP as he has fallen five percent and that puts him in the middle of round nine at pick 85. The concern would be if this injury lingers and how it would impact him overall.
The news of Jose Iglesias being sent down to Triple-A should help the stock of Mike Aviles. When he’s had playing time, Aviles has proven himself a decent asset with the bat that can even produce double-digit steals to go with home run totals between 12 and 15. While currently sitting at 266 overall and seeing his numbers fall in each of the last two weeks, his dual eligibility at Third Base and Shortstop should allow him to creep up now that he is assured of playing time. He could certainly produce at a similar level that was seen from Marco Scutaro in 2011.