Below is our first 2010 review of the top three hitters and pitchers in each standard 5×5 fantasy baseball category during 2010 Spring Training.
Judging a hitter or pitcher on Spring Training performance is difficult because both hitters and hurlers tend to face some competition that won’t make an Opening Day roster. Spring Training stats can be useful in discovering, however, 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.
Any thoughts on how spring training can positively or negatively affect a players fantasy value? We encourage you to drop them in the comments below.
Batting Average (minimum 20 at-bats):
- Ian Davis, New York Mets: .524
- Tony Abreu, Arizona Diamondbacks: .500
- Julio Borbon, Texas Rangers: .500
- Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers: .450
- Abreu, Diamondbacks: 7
- Gary Matthews, New York Mets: 7
- Sean Rodriguez, Tampa Bay Rays: 7
- Mike Stanton, Florida Marlins: 7
- Seven Players (including Sean Rodriguez, Jose Bautista, and Mike Napoli): 3
- Reid Brignac, Rays: 13
- Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals: 10
- Justin Upton, Diamondbacks: 9
- Ike Davis, Mets: 9
- Nine Players (including Carlos Gomez, Rickie Weeks, and Angel Pagan): 3
- Dan Hudson, Chicago White Sox: 2
- Amaury Sanit, New York Yankees: 2
- Rommie Lewis, Toronto Blue Jays: 2
- Pete Parise, Cardinals: 2
ERA (minimum 6 innings pitched):
- Nelson Figueroa, Mets: 0.00
- Kris Medlen, Atlanta Braves: 0.00
- 5 other pitchers: 0.00
- David Hernandez, Baltimore Orioles: 12
- Brian Matsuz, Orioles: 10
- Nelson Figueroa, Mets: 9