Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Early Spring Training Notes (The Good)

Today we take a look at the early and encouraging Spring Training observations from both the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Tomorrow we'll check out the bad.

*The Kansas City Royals are 10-0 and the Seattle Mariners are 10-1.  Both are teams that vastly improved their rosters this offseason and are hoping to jump up in the standings and contend.

*Brett Gardner, of the Yankees, leads all qualified batters with a .579 batting average.  He's making a strong case for the leadoff spot in the lineup.

*Domonic Brown, of the Phillies, has scored 11 runs thus far off of 8 hits and 6 walks.  Looks like he'll be the starting RF in Philly this season.

*The Indians signed outfielder Ben Francisco to the minor league contract and he looks worth more than that so far with 5 doubles in only 7 hits.

*Another minor league signing by the Indians is paying early rewards, as Ryan Rayburn has clubbed 4 homeruns.

*Nolan Arenado, of the Rockies, is trying to break camp as the starting 3rd baseman, having smacked 4 bombs thus far.

*Ryan Howard, of the Phillies, is back to his run producing ways, having already collected 10 RBI.

*Dan Uggla, of the Braves, is having an ugly spring, striking out in over half of his at bats (12 K in 23 AB).

*Ezequiel Cabrera/Indians and Desmond Jennings/Rays are flashing their speed with 5 stolen bases each.

*Current OPS leader (1.675), Shane Robinson of the Cardinals, may not even make the Opening Day 25-man roster.

*The Rockies Jeff Francis has hurled 9 scoreless frames.  They have to like that.

*The relatively unknown Michael Wacha, of the Cardinals, has a 0.00 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and 11 K through 7.2 IP.  He is rated the #76 prospect in baseball and was the 1st round pick for St. Louis last year.  Might he be ready for the jump to The Show?

*Rotation hopeful, Marco Estrada of the Brewers, has the lowest WHIP (0.57).  So good, so far.

*Scott Proctor, of the Giants, finally seems to be healthy, having already made 5 appearances this spring.

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