2011 MLB Spring Training Batting Stars

Mar 12, 2011


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As baseball season approaches, many of us look to the spring training statistics to get some players worth taking in our fantasy drafts. Let’s take a look at some of the leaders and weigh their draftability.
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Mike Aviles, Kansas City Royals:  We profiled Aviles earlier this offseason. He leads all players with 12 runs scored. After a strong finish to last year and a strong spring start, he should be on everybody’s radar. His 156 ADP makes him a solid low-end second basemen or high-end middle infielder, especially hitting leadoff.
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Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  Trumbo has the second most runs (11), is tied for the lead in RBI (11) runs, and has the most total bases (31). He has a good chance of sticking with the Halos when they break camp thanks to Kendrys Morales’ slow recovery.
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Erick Almonte, Milwaukee Brewers:  Almonte leads everybody with 16 hits. Even if he somehow sticks with the club, he’s not a good fantasy option.
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Andy Dirks, Detroit Tigers:  Dirks is tied the second most hits (14), and could be in the mix for a bench spot with the Tigers. That shouldn’t put him on your fantasy radar though.
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Michael Morse, Washington Nationals:  Morse is also tied for the second most hits (14) and is tied with Ian Kinsler for the most home runs (5). He was solid for the Nationals last year hitting .289 with 15 HRs in 98 games. He could be a nice, sneaky source of power.
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John Mayberry, Philadelphia Phillies:  Mayberry is tied for second with four home runs. He’ll likely stick with the club thanks to Domonic Brown’s injury, but won’t have value unless he can somehow win a starting outfield job (not likely).
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Darren Ford, San Francisco Giants:  Ford has seven stolen bases this spring, but his .200 average and .273 on-base percentage show why he won’t make the cut.
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Anthony Gose, Toronto Blue Jays:  He’s lightning quick and also has seven stolen bases, but Gose needs more seasoning. When he gets the call, he should be a cheap source of steals.
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Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals:  We also profiled Espinosa, who is tied for the lead with 11 RBI. He’s not a fantasy starter, but should provide solid depth. Espinosa is a solid low-end HR/SB candidate.
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