Below is our final 2011 review of the top three hitters and pitchers in each standard 5×5 fantasy baseball category during 2011 Spring Training… even though we’re in the middle of the third week of 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 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 50 at-bats):
- Ryan Roberts, Arizona Diamondbacks: .509
- Melky Cabrera, Kansas City Royals: .483
- Kevin Kouzmanoff, Oakland A’s: .439
- Melky Cabrera, Kansas City Royals: 21
- Mike Aviles, Kansas City Royals: 19
- Billy Butler and Alex Gordon, Royals: 19
- Jake Fox, Baltimore Orioles: 10
- Michael Morse, Washington Nationals: 9
- Kila Ka’aihue, Kansas City Royals: 7
- Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals: 23
- Russell Branyan, Houston Astros: 21
- Ka’aihue, Royals: 20
- Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels: 20
- Elliot Johnson, Tampa Bay Rays: 11
- Darren Ford, San Francisco Giants: 9
- Anthony Gose, Toronto Blue Jays: 9
- Fausto Carmona, Cleveland Indians: 5
- Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies: 4
- Kyle McClellan, St. Louis Cardinals: 4
- Clay Hensley, Florida Marlins: 4
- 7 Other Relief Pitchers: 3
ERA (minimum 15 innings pitched):
- Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies: 0.42
- Tyson Ross, Oakland Athletics: 0.59
- Kyle McClellan, St. Louis Cardinals: 0.78
- Brett Anderson, Oakland A’s: 25
- Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants: 25
- Gio Gonzalez, Oakland A’s: 25