With the season starting tomorrow night, its time to look back at spring training and see who impressed and who we might need to be concerned about.
– Jake Fox: .297/.325/.797, 7 doubles, 10 HR, 15 RBI, 74 AB – Fox came into camp and won a spot on the bench. He absolutely crushed the ball all spring long.
– Vladimir Guerrero: .364/.366/.621, 2 doubles, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 66 AB – Guerrero didn’t look like hes over the hill but its still early. We’ll have to see how he holds up over the course of the season.
– Adam Jones: .304/.314/.580, 4 doubles, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 69 AB – Jones is a breakout candidate this year. We’re going to need him if we’re going to do anything significant.
– JJ Hardy: .351/.397/.509, 3 doubles, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 57 AB – I didn’t know shortstops could hit…
– Nick Markakis: .375/.435/.607, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 56 AB – Markakis is trying to rebound from what was a down year for him. Off to a good start.
– Nolan Reimold: .315/.448/.537, 3 doubles, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 54 AB – Reimold was sent down to AAA Norfolk but he looked like he was back in 2009 form. If he continues that he’ll be back before long.
– Brian Roberts: .359/.435/.538, 4 doubles, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 SB, 39 AB – Roberts gave everyone a scare early on with more back trouble but went on to have a great spring, staying healthy in the second half.
– Zach Britton: 3-0, 1.35 ERA, 13 K, 5 BB, 20 IP – Britton had the best spring of any pitcher but was sent down to AAA because of service time. He’ll be back before the end of the month most likely.
– Josh Rupe: 1-1, 1.23 ERA, 4 K, 4 BB, 14.2 IP – Rupe earned his way onto the pitching staff as the long man in the bullpen. I don’t think he’ll last long though. Other relievers with good springs: Jason Berken (3.21 ERA), Jim Johnson (1.00), and Jeremy Accardo (2.08). All three made the team.
– Mark Reynolds: .232/.293/.348, 5 doubles, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 69 AB – Reynolds was messing around with new hitting mechanics but scrapped them after the results weren’t good. I think he’ll be fine.
– Luke Scott: .210/.234/.452, 3 doubles, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 62 AB – Scott started off ice cold before going into one of his red hot tears in the last week. Hopefully he carries that over into the season.
– Cesar Izturis: .105/.190/.105, 1 RBI, 38 AB – I know Izturis can’t hit but my god.. could he be getting even worse? Defense be damned, I’m not sure why hes on this team.
– Jake Arrieta: 3-0, 5.79 ERA, 14 K, 7 BB, 18.2 IP – This was a trend with all the starting pitchers minus Britton. I think they were all working on different things. We’re going to need them, hopefully the light comes on when the season starts.
– Brad Bergesen: 1-1, 5.82 ERA, 7 K, 6 BB, 17 IP – Bergesen was also hit in the forearm with a line drive. His bad spring means he’ll start the season in the bullpen before taking over the 5th starters spot.
– Jeremy Guthrie: 1-2, 6.43 ERA, 7 K, 2 BB, 14 IP – I’m not worried about Guthrie. Hes a veteran, he should know how to get ready for a season. Plus he only walked two batters.
– Brian Matusz: 0-2, 5.93 ERA, 13 K, 7 BB, 13.2 IP – Matusz was also hit in the arm with a line drive. Hes going to make his start but I’m a little worried he hasn’t built up enough innings for the start of the season.
– Kevin Gregg: 1-0, 9.82 ERA, 6 K, 4 BB, 7.1 IP – Gregg is supposed to be our closer but he didn’t perform like one. He was working on something mechanical but I still would prefer Koji as our closer.