News: 4 days agoKluber worked six-plus innings and threw 80 pitches in an intrasquad game Thursday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. He allowed two hits, did not walk a batter and struck out nine.
Spin: Other than Rougned Odor catching all of a cut fastball for a home run, Kluber was on point. He retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced and fanned seven of them in what was his second time on the mound at Globe Life Field. "He was definitely ahead of the hitters today," manager Chris Woodward said. "I felt it was his command, and the baseball was moving. The movement is really late. Honestly, I was thrilled to watch that. You see the reaction of a lot of our hitters. A lot of them had a really tough time against him." Kluber is line for two more camp outings before the regular season arrives.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Nothing seemed to go right for Kluber in 2019. His control left him in his seven April/May starts and then he suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna as a result of being struck by a line drive in his May 1 start. After all that, he suffered a season-ending left oblique strain in an Aug. 18 rehab start for Triple-A Columbus that might have been his final one before activation. He was subsequently traded to the Rangers, who despite their new digs are likely to play in a hitting-friendly environment, further clouding Kluber's bounce-back prospects. He's a pitcher who has begun his decline phase, but it might not be severe just yet, considering his breaking pitches still performed well before he got hurt and his fastball velocity hadn't completely fallen off the table. Draft him as a top-40 fantasy starter, since his ceiling is probably no longer that of an ace/top-10 type.