Below is our first review of the top three hitters and pitchers in each standard 5×5 fantasy baseball category during Spring Training.
(Note: WHIP is now listed below. Thanks to Frank for the insight. My calculator is still broken, however. Sorry.)
Keep in mind that several fantasy baseball studs will noticeably be missing from some categories (Adam Dunn in homeruns, for example) because they played in the World Baseball Classic.
It is difficult to judge a hitter or pitcher based on Spring Training numbers because they often face competition that won’t make an Opening Day roster. Spring Training stats can be useful in discovering who might breakout in the upcoming season, or which rookies can make an impact when they are called up later in the year.
In the case of sluggers like Ryan Howard, Spring Training numbers just reinforce the notion that they are warm weather superstars – guys who dominate during the summer months and are notorious slow starters because they play in a four-season climate.
See below for the fantasy baseball cheat sheet. If you have any thoughts on how spring training can positively or negatively affect a players fantasy value, drop them in the comments below.
Batting Average (minimum 60 at-bats):
- Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants: .467
- Coco Crisp, Kansas City Royals: .417
- Khalil Greene, St. Louis Cardinals: .413
- Skip Schumaker, Cardinals: 21
- Chris Davis, Texas Rangers: 20
- Andres Torres, Giants: 19
- Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies: 8
- Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 6
- Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers: 6
- Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 22
- Micah Hoffpauir, Chicago Cubs: 22
- Mike Jacobs, Royals: 20
- Juan Pierre, Los Angeles Dodgers: 10
- Michael Bourn, Houston Astros: 9
- Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays: 7
- Fausto Carmona, Cleveland Indians: 4
- A.J. Burnett, New York Yankees: 3
- Joba Chamberlain, New York Yankees: 3
- Jesus Colome, Washington Nationals: 4
- Jason Motte, Cardinals: 4
- Eddie Bonine, Detroit Tigers: 3
ERA (minimum 18 innings pitched):
- Paul Maholm, Pittsburgh Pirates: 0.46
- Clay Buccholz, Boston Red Sox: 0.46
- Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati Reds: 0.47
- Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks: 29
- Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins: 25
- Francisco Liriano, Minnesota Twins: 24
WHIP (no clue if this meets my minimum innings requirement):
- Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds: 0.91
- John Lannan, Washington Nationals: 0.94
- Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs: 0.95