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San Diego Padres pitching prospectReggie Lawson (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery on Friday. The Friars No. 16 prospect managed just 27 2/3 innings last year in Double-A after dealing with elbow issues and finally succumbed to the knife. The 22-year-old possesses a three-pitch arsenal with upside potential but has been riddled with injuries since his high school days. Hell drop a few pegs in dynasty rankings with this latest setback but is still someone to monitor in long-term dynasty/keeper leagues.
San Diego Padres reliever Andres Munoz (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery on Friday. Without daily news flow, this development comes as a surprise, but Munoz had encountered discomfort earlier in spring training. The 21-year-old debuted last season to a 3.91 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 31 percent strikeout rate in 23 frames while averaging a whopping 100.2 MPH on his heater. He was expected to be a key setup man in 2020 prior to the surgery. With the season start date in doubt, it makes sense for Munoz to get a head start on his recovery. Fantasy drafters counting on him for strikeouts will need to wait until the middle of next year. Munozs absence gives a bump to fellow reliever Emilio Pagan, whos now the primary handcuff to closer Kirby Yates.
San Diego Padres pitcher Joey Lucchesi has seen his starting hopes dim as spring training progresses. The 26-year-old has only lasted 4 2/3 innings combined in three starts with a poor 11.57 ERA output. Entering camp as the projected fifth starter, Lucchesi is locked in a battle with teammate Cal Quantrill, who has impressed with a 1.29 ERA. Lucchesis been reliable since his debut in 2018, owning a 4.14 ERA (4.24 FIP), 1.25 WHIP and 25 percent strikeout clip in 293 2/3 career innings. But with an improved rotation in 2020, Joey Fuego will need to earn the gig. Its probable both Lucchesi and Quantrill receive starts this year, but with a 400 ADP difference, the latter holds better value. At his 228 ADP and with a decent track record, Lucchesi certainly works as a fantasy spot starter.
San Diego Padres starter Dinelson Lamet fired four innings of one-hit ball Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners. Lamet fanned three in his third start, extending his scoreless spring through nine frames. Nearly 24 months removed from Tommy John surgery, Lamet is locked as the Friars third or fourth starter and should be in-line for a normal workload in 2020. The 27-year-old managed a 4.07 ERA across 73 innings after returning from injury last season with an electric 33.6 percent strikeout rate. As an elite strikeout asset, Lamets stock has risen to 125. Having issued just one walk this spring, Lamet is poised for a breakout season if he can manage his control and keep the ball in the yard.
San Diego Padres pitcherCal Quantrill was almost perfect in a three-inning start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. Facing a big league lineup, Quantrills only baserunner was yielded via error as he struck out three. The 25-year-old is battling with fellow starter Joey Lucchesi for the final rotation slot and has answered the pressure, owning a clean 1.29 ERA through seven spring frames. A former top prospect, Quantrill pitched well last season but faltered in the final months, closing with a 5.16 ERA in 103 innings. Even without a defined role, he should have a significant role in 2020. Currently sitting at a 600-plus ADP, Quantrill is a clear fantasy steal if he earns a starting gig.