Ryan Mountcastle
1B/DH BAL
Fri 3/1/24 8:53 AM

Mountcastle (illness) will serve as Baltimore's designated hitter in Friday's spring game against Atlanta, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
The 27-year-old was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to an illness, but he'll rejoin the starting nine just a day later. Mountcastle clubbed 18 homers in 115 games last season but is hitless through six at-bats during spring training.

Keibert Ruiz
C/DH WSH
Fri 3/1/24 8:48 AM

Ruiz (illness) is starting behind the plate and batting third in Friday's spring game against the Astros, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ruiz sat out the past couple days of spring action due to an illness but will rejoin the lineup for Friday's contest. The 25-year-old is looking to take another step forward in 2024 after he posted a .260/.308/.409 slash line with 18 homers in 136 games last season.

Jarren Duran
LF/CF BOS
Fri 3/1/24 8:43 AM

Duran (toe) is starting in left field and batting leadoff in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.
EDGE Analysis
Manager Alex Cora previously said the 27-year-old would serve as the DH in his spring debut, but he'll instead man left field. Duran had a delayed start to spring training while completing his recover from August toe surgery, but he has plenty of time to ramp up his workload before Opening Day.

DTDGunnar Henderson
SS/3B/DH BAL
Fri 3/1/24 8:31 AM

Henderson (oblique) is taking live batting practice Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Henderson returned to regular batting practice Tuesday and has now progressed to facing live pitching. The 22-year-old has been slow played early in camp due to the oblique issue, but he appears to be on the cusp of making his Grapefruit League debut.

Jorge Alcala
RP MIN
Fri 3/1/24 2:00 AM

Alcala may begin the season in the minors since he has minor league options available after the Twins added several veterans to the bullpen, MLB.com reports. Alcala has thrown two scoreless innings with a strikeout and walk this spring while reaching a 96-97-mph range with his fastball.
EDGE Analysis
Alcala is fully healthy after struggling with injuries the past two seasons. He threw just 17.1 innings last season with an ugly 6.23 ERA and missed more than four months with a stress fracture in his right forearm. He threw just 2.1 innings in 2022 due to an elbow injury that required season-ending arthroscopic debridement surgery. He features a plus fastball but control as been a recent problem (5.2 BB/9 last season). He'll likely need to prove himself at Triple-A before becoming a part of the bullpen mix in the majors this summer.

Elehuris Montero
1B/3B/DH COL
Thu 2/29/24 11:28 PM

Montero started at first base and went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Cubs, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Montero has shown intriguing power throughout his minor-league career and has flashed potential across 492 big-league plate appearances. He's gotten off to a strong start this spring, ripping two home runs across 13 plate appearances while striking out only twice. Montero likely has an advantage in the competition for a bench spot on the roster because he is out of minor-league options, though he could also push for at-bats at either first base or designated hitter if he continues to show well this spring.

Ezequiel Tovar
SS COL
Thu 2/29/24 11:15 PM

Tovar led off and went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Cubs.
EDGE Analysis
Tovar hit atop the Rockies' order with lefty Drew Smyly on the mound for Chicago. He led off the game with a single and then began the third frame with his first home run of the spring. Tovar hit primarily second and ninth in the order last season, and he projects to have a more prominent spot in the lineup in 2024.

Dakota Hudson
SP COL
Thu 2/29/24 10:45 PM

Hudson is competing for a rotation spot with Ryan Feltner, Peter Lambert, Ty Blach and Noah Davis this spring, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
The Rockies signed Hudson to a one-year, $1.5 million contract this offseason. He's worked primarily as a starter throughout his career, though did pitch out of the bullpen with the Cardinals to close the 2023 campaign. Hudson has struggled significantly the last two seasons, posting a 1.45 and 1.50 WHIP, respectively. He made his spring debut Thursday and allowed a hit and two walks across a scoreless inning.

Alex Bregman
3B HOU
Thu 2/29/24 10:34 PM

Bregman used weighted bats this offseason in the hopes of hitting for more power, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports.
EDGE Analysis
Bregman has failed to top a .195 ISO in any of the last three seasons, and he's relied primarily upon a ballooning flyball rate for his homer production across the last two campaigns. Hitting coach Troy Snitker proposed the new workouts this offseason and Bregman relayed that he saw significant gains in his bat speed before reporting to spring training. He's set to hit free agency this offseason, and a resurgence in his ability to go yard would certainly help him attract interest from the Astros and other organizations.

Nolan Blackwood
SP FA
Thu 2/29/24 10:23 PM

Blackwood signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers on Thursday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Blackwood spent the 2023 season with Triple-A Tacoma as a member of the Mariners' organization. He posted a 4.75 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 47.1 innings and will likely serve as organizational depth for his new club.