March 23rd, 2012
Every year, there are players who just rip it up during spring training. A lot of times, those players carry it over to the regular season. Last year, Mark Trumbo hit six HR’s during the spring and carried that over to the regular season to the tune of 29 big flies.
Here is a quick look at who are this year’s spring training All Stars…
1. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals: .362/.429/.553 with 2 HR’s – Everyone is predicting Hosmer as this year’s breakout superstar and he is doing nothing during the spring to make people think otherwise. He might be the American League’s version of Joey Votto.
2. Jemile Weeks, Oakland A’s: .364/.370/.636 with 3 HR’s – Weeks posted some good numbers with the A’s in 437 PA’s in 2011, but HR’s weren’t part of those impressive numbers. He only hit two. Maybe this is the year where Weeks grows into his body and adds the long ball to his game?
3. Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants: .333/.370/.643 with 3 HR’s – The Giants have to play this guy, don’t they? I just find it hard to believe Belt could lose AB’s to Aubrey Huff and Nate Schierholtz.
4. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals: .405/.460/.643 with 2 HR’s – Gordon is doing his best to prove 2011 was no fluke and he is quickly establishing himself as one of the top LF’s in the game. Look for him to have another solid season in KC.
5, Travis Snider, Toronto Blue Jays: .325/.386/.750 with 4 HR’s – Snider is like Ralph Macchio in that he seems to never age. How is Snider only 24-years-old? Well, he is and he is doing his best to win the starting left field job from Eric Thames. There’s still plenty of time for Snider to figure things out.
6. Ryan Raburn, Detroit Tigers: .462/.464/1.308 with 6 HR’s – The only thing Raburn ever needed was AB’s and he will get them in 2012. While he might be a clown show at second base, the guy can hit. If he can get 500 AB’s in 2012, 20+ HR’s isn’t out of the question.
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