James McDonald SP CHC 16 Hrs
James McDonald was much better in his second Cactus League start for the Cubs, tossing a pair of scoreless innings in a losing effort against the Angels on Friday.
McDonald who had a brutal debut last week, allowed just one hit in his two frames. While he remains highly-talented, his consistency the remainder of the spring could be the deciding factor on whether he wins a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Oliver Perez RP SEA 16 Hrs
Diamondbacks signed LHP Oliver Perez to a two-year contract.
Exact financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that it will be slightly over $4 million. The 32-year-old southpaw his reinvented himself as one of the premier left-handed relievers in the league, and will work in a setup capacity in the D'Backs bullpen.
Hunter Pence RF SF 16 Hrs
Hunter Pence launched his first home run of the Cactus League season, powering the Giants to a 5-0 victory over the Royals on Friday.
Pence's solo shot came off Wade Davis in the sixth inning, increasing the Giants advantage to 3-0. The 30-year-old outfielder was one of the biggest surprises of the 2013 fantasy season, chipping in a career-high 22 steals to go with terrific production across the board. While a full repeat shouldn't be expected, Pence should once again be a solid contributor in five categories.
Tim Lincecum SP SF 16 Hrs
Tim Lincecum delivered his second consecutive strong Cactus League start, delivering three scoreless innings in Friday's victory over the Royals.
The 29-year-old hurler allowed just two hits in the ballgame and didn't issue a walk. He's coming off a pair of highly disappointing seasons, but still has the ability to be a top-of-the-line fantasy starter. Even with his ratio concerns, Lincecum racked up at least 190 strikeouts in each of the last two years.
Norichika Aoki RF KC 16 Hrs
Norichika Aoki went 1-for-2 with a double as the Royals were shut out by Tim Lincecum and the Giants in Cactus League play on Friday.
Aoki's two-bagger was the Royals lone extra-base hit in the contest, and one of just four total hits. The 32-year-old outfielder has been remarkably consistent through his first two major league seasons, and should see increased RBI opportunities this season with the move to the American League.
Yordano Ventura SP KC 17 Hrs
Yordano Ventura took the loss in Friday's Cactus League tilt against the Giants on Friday, surrendering a pair of runs on three hits in his three frames.
The flame-throwing right-hander walked one and punched out two on the afternoon. Ventura, who routinely works near the triple digits with his fastball, is the leading candidate to secure the final spot in the Royals rotation this spring. His WHIP could be an area of concern, but he definitely has the ability to miss plenty of bats.
Scott Kazmir SP OAK 17 Hrs
Scott Kazmir impressed in his Athletics debut on Friday, tossing three scoreless innings in a victory over the Diamondbacks.
The 30-year-old left-hander allowed just two hits and struck out two in the ballgame. The most experienced member of the A's rotation, the resurgent Kazmir makes for a strong option as a middle-of-the-rotation fantasy starter than can be had in the middle rounds of drafts.
Didi Gregorius SS ARI 17 Hrs
The offensive woes for Didi Gregorius continued on Friday, as the young shortstop went 0-for-2 in a losing effort against the Athletics.
Gregorius is now just 3-for-17 (.176) in the early Cactus League season. He's battling with Chris Owings to become the team's starting shortstop, but neither competitor has come out of the gate swinging. Fantasy owners are likely rooting for Owings to claim the job outright, as he profiles as a much more productive player across the board.
Wade Miley SP ARI 17 Hrs
Wade Miley delivered an impressive outing in Friday's Cactus League loss to the Athletics, allowing just an unearned run on three hits over five strong innings.
Miley punched out four while walking just one in the impressive outing. He's looked good in each of his first two spring starts now, exhibiting good command and throwing all of his pitches for strikes. He looks like a solid backend starter that can be had in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Chris Heisey LF CIN 17 Hrs
Chris Heisey paced the Reds offensive attack with a pair of homers on Friday, powering the Reds to a 10-9 victory over the Mariners.
The veteran outfielder has now knocked three balls over the boards early in Cactus League play where he's hitting .316 (6-for-19). He's a fine reserve outfielder, but won't hold much in the way of fantasy value unless injury strikes in the reds outfield.