ST: The Good and the Bad

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.

The good:

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.

The bad:

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.

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