Sunday, March 4, 2018


With spring training now a few weeks old, let's see which key players are trending up and trending down so far:


Austin Hedges:  The San Diego Padres catcher is hitting for some major power this spring with four home runs in the bag already but this was the most stable part of his game anyways.  The real key with Hedges this season is to show some growth in average because without, he is just worth of two-catcher status.

Willie Calhoun:  I said a few weeks ago how much I loved Calhoun coming into the spring and nothing I have seen so far would make me change course.  Calhoun is showing the extreme high-contact approach that reminds many of Joey Votto and the power is already there.  Wow.

Ronald Acuna:  Yet another young top-tier talent who is starting to get off this spring is Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuma and his early ADP's are already becoming insane.  Reach for the stars here.

Jorge Soler:  Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has become a forgotten man after bust campaigns in 2016 and 2017 but he has hit the ball all over the yard this spring so far, including a bunch of homers.  A post-hype sleeper if I ever saw one.

Miguel Andujar:  Already with five home runs, the Yankees third base prospect is giving team brass something to think about in terms of breaking camp with him at the hot corner.

Madison Bumgarner:  The San Francisco Giants ace has been a strikeout machine this spring as he shows us all he is all good to go after last year's shoulder injury.


Drew Pomeranz:  While he has very good stuff, the Boston lefty is injured already and facing an uphill battle to be ready for the start of the season.

Alex Bregman:  When I put the ultra-talented Houston Astros infielder here, it was only due to the fact he has been batting sixth at times this spring which is not what you want to see in terms of counting stats. 

Masahiro Tanaka:  Tanaka getting lit up his first time out which includes surrendering his typical home run is a reminder of how any start of his is prone to being an ugly one due to this tendency. 

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