MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers

MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

It's been an incredibly busy week of baseball news as teams look to cram a full spring training into a few short weeks in the midst of a pandemic. A worryingly high percentage of that news has been coronavirus-related, as players across the league remain absent from camp for undisclosed (yet typically not hard to decipher) reasons. 

It's far from an easy question to figure out just how far to drop those players in draft rankings, with detailed information generally not being widely reported due to privacy concerns. An absent player could be anywhere from battling a fairly severe case of coronavirus to simply waiting for a hiccup in the testing protocol to go away, as was the case with the Phillies' Adam Haseley, whose arrival was delayed due to a lab error after the test he submitted was apparently never returned. We have no way of knowing in most cases whether a player is completely bedridden or if he's working out just as much as his teammates, just in a different location.

There's nothing close to reliable precedent for how to navigate this strange new world, but you can see an attempt to do so by me, Jeff Erickson, Clay Link and Todd Zola in our latest roundtable rankings. This week's barometer will look both at players who have risen and fallen in that update as well as others who could be moving in the next edition. The list remains rather virus-heavy, though there's some good old-fashioned

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Erik Halterman
Erik Halterman is an MLB staff writer at RotoWire. He also covers KBO, NPB and CPBL daily fantasy contests.
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