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I see a lot of individual things n the threads but not a lot of spring buzz on guys....who has impressed in camps? what are the various beat writers seeing and saying? I remember this time last year Mazara emerged as someone people got very excited about and the hype carried him to this offseason

who are the guys who have showed up with a little more on that fastball or a "different sound on the bat?"

hit me with some names what are you guys reading

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Raimel Tapia - for him not having any action above A+ ball, he has really impressed me so far.. 5/11, 2 2B, 3R, and only 2k's through 6 games.

Michael Fulmer - has looked exceptional so far.. Although it is a small sample size, it's encouraging nonetheless.. I have big expectations going forward with him.

Sean Manaea, struck out 4 in his first appearance (2IP)

Mike Clevinger, has looked good as well.. Big sleeper prospect that I really like.. 4IP, 2h, 2BB, 0ER, 3K.. I'm betting he ends up taking Cody Anderson's spot in the rotation before too long.

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Rob Stephenson:

New fastball grips, improved change up

Sean Manaea:

Manager Melvin on Manaea: "We were impressed with him before but even more so now."

https://www.outsidepitchmlb.com/oakland-athletics-sean-manaea-2016-outlook-pitching-projection-spring-training/44159

Nomar Mazara:

Hitting .571 so far this spring, could force himself onto the roster earlier than expected (I still dont see Opening Day)

Mallex Smith:

Brings great defense and speed

Ozzie Albies:

http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/baseball/might-braves-prospect-albies-force-somebodys-hand-/nqfqM/

Alen Hanson:

A name to keep an eye on

Brandon Drury:

Could be second option at 3B if Lamb doesnt work out (I do expect Lamb to perform well)

AJ Reed:

Jon Singleton has struck out in 8 of his 16 ABs so far

Adam Duvall/Scott Schebler:

Will be interesting position battle

Lucas Giolito:

Curveball has been filthy, he scares his own teammates

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/instagraphs/educational-film-lucas-giolitos-bowel-locking-curveball/

Vince Velasquez:

Holding his own for the #5 spot vs Obelhultzer, may not be enough. Been on Velasquez for a long time now

Michael Fulmer:

http://www.blessyouboys.com/2016/3/7/11171706/fulmer-a-viable-candidate-for-the-rotation

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Cody Bellinger is another guy that i forgot to add earlier..

by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(3 hrs ago) Bellinger is opening some eyes this spring and could be Adrian Gonzalez's replacement in a few years, the Dodgers' official site reports.

Gonzalez is signed through the 2018 season, so the organization can continue to develop Bellinger in the minors. He should get his first taste of Double-A this season and perhaps make his MLB debut sometime in 2017. He's also getting a taste of the outfield to improve his versatility. Bellinger clubbed 30 home runs last season for High-A Rancho Cucamonga and should be on dynasty leagues' radars.

A lot of people chalked his season up to playing in the Cal League last year.. I think he's got great potential and still someone that not a lot of people know about.

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Keith Law was commenting the other day about how he thought Daniel Gossett of OAK looked good. Added a cutter to the repertoire. Was a 2nd round pick back in 2014. Struggled last year. Fastball/cutter/change/curve mix. Law suggested that maybe the cutter is the missing piece. Just passing along what I read/heard.

Here's the link to the article:

http://espn.go.com/blog/keith-law/insider/post?id=5100

I believe an insider subscription is required, however, there is a paragraph near the top about Gossett that can be read by anyone.

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Another sleeper that I've rostered in my deep (20-team 40 man MiLB rosters) is John Gant, SP - ATL.. he's pitched 5.2 innings in spring training so far...

3H 1R 1ER 0HR 1BB 4Ks .158 Avg Against 1.59 ERA

Had a great year last year and is a pretty intriguing prospect to follow this year.

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Law's notes on De Leon had me concerned for a minute, then I remembered Law had him ranked at 60 on his top 100 (the lowest I've sent him ranked anywhere) and Law being Law probably couldn't wait to dump on him to justify his ranking.

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