With the MLB season set to kickoff in just three days, it's time to take a look at the players who have been tearing it up at each position. Unfortunately for these guys, the stats do not count and they'll have to start from scratch in just a few days.
- Derek Norris (Padres)
- 18-52, .346 avg, .414 obp, 8 runs, 6 doubles, 3 home runs, 13 RBI
- For all the catchers with enough at-bats worth talking about, Norris has put together the best all around spring. Half of his hits have gone for extra bases and is showing a good amount of power.
- Welington Castillo (Diamondbacks)
- 14-34, .412 avg, .463 obp, 9 runs, 9 doubles, 4 home runs, 18 RBI
- Speaking of power, look at what Welington Castillo is doing this spring. 13 of his 14 hits have gone for extra bases, but nobody should be doubting his power as he hit 19 home runs a year ago. I would have liked to see more than 34 at-bats but Castillo did plenty to prove his worth as the D'backs starting catcher.
- James McCann (Tigers)
- 14-43, .326 avg, .341 obp, 7 runs, 4 doubles, 4 home runs, 12 RBI
- Everyone should get familiar with James McCann. He will be the Detroit Tigers everyday catcher and at the age of 25, he could be headed towards a very good career. In 114 games last season, McCann hit .264 with 18 doubles, 5 triples and 7 home runs. To become a top tier catcher, he'll have to cut down on his strikeouts.
- Joey Votto (Reds)
- 22-50, .440 avg, .516 obp, 11 runs, 1 double, 3 home runs, 10 RBI
- Well Joey Votto is back to being vintage Joey Votto. You just can't get this guy out right now. His 22 hits and 10 walks have him on base more than 50% of the time.
- Jose Abreu (White Sox)
- 22-56, .393 avg, .424 obp, 8 runs, 6 doubles, 4 home runs, 5 RBI
- First things first...how does he only have five RBI? With 22 hits, and four home runs, clearly it has nothing to do with his inability to drive in runs, but his teammates are not getting on in front of him. Expect another huge year out of the White Sox Cuban first basemen.
- Mike Napoli (Indians)
- 18-49, .367 avg, .448 obp, 9 runs, 1 double, 4 home runs, 14 RBI
- Is this a reassurance for Mike Napoli? The Indians better hope so, because the 34 year old will be their everyday first basemen to begin the 2016 season.
- Brian Dozier (Twins)
- 18-52, .346 avg, .414 obp, 12 runs, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 5 RBI
- After three straight good seasons from the Minnesota second basemen, Brian Dozier has finally made a name for himself. He appears to already be in mid season form and that's great news for the Twins. It would be amazing if Dozier could hit around .300 this year as he is just a career .240 hitter.
- Chris Owings (Diamondbacks)
- 23-64, .359 avg, .408 obp, 13 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 10 RBI, 8 SB
- Owings will start the season on the D'Backs bench, but will be breathing down the necks of guys like Jean Segura, Jake Lamb and Nick Ahmed. Hard to ignore the fact he's hitting for power and stealing bases with ease. Expect Owings to find himself into the starting lineup at some point this season.
- Jemile Weeks (Padres)
- 17-52, .327 avg, .397 obp, 10 runs, 3 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run, 14 RBI, 4 SB
- Similar to Owings, Weeks will begin the season as a bench player. However after this spring, Cory Spangenberg knows he will have to produce early and often to keep his job at second base for the Padres.
- Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
- 30-53, .566 avg, .579 obp, 11 runs, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 16 RBI
- I'm not sure who wants the season to start sooner, Nolan Arenado or his fantasy owners. You honestly cannot get any hotter than Arenado is right now. Hopefully he doesn't waste all of his hits in spring training. Arenado should compete for an MVP this year.
- Maikel Franco (Phillies)
- 19-65, .292 avg, .333 obp, 10 runs, 2 doubles, 8 home runs, 21 RBI
- The Phillies don't have much to be excited about this year, but Franco is by far the #1 thing people in Philadelphia will be following closely this summer. The 23 year old is poised for a break out year and could show off a lot of power in the Phillies tiny ballpark.
- Jake Lamb (Diamondbacks)
- 20-51, .392 avg, .508 obp, 13 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 14 RBI
- Nobody enjoys the early months of the season more than Jake Lamb. Look at what he is doing this spring. And remember last season? Had 7 RBI in his first four at-bats to start the season before suffering some injuries that cost him a chunk of his season. Hopefully Lamb will carry over his success at the plate to the start of the season.
- Justin Turner (Dodgers)
- 13-23, .556 avg, .615 obp, 9 runs, 6 doubles, 3 home runs, 9 RBI
- By my own rule, Turner should not be on this list as he has just 23 at-bats this spring. However it's hard to ignore what he's done in limited at-bats. A .615 OBP? If you watched the NLCS, then you know how annoying Turner is for opposing pitchers. It's so hard to fool this guy as he will turn your best pitches into hits. Turner is the definition of a professional hitter.
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- Jean Segura (Diamondbacks)
- 30-58, .517 avg, .541 obp, 16 runs, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 11 RBI, 5 SB
- We all know Segura has the ability to be a very good in this league, and the spring he has put together has proven that. Segura has a good bat and blazing speed, and has won a starting job with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had a great 2013 season with the Brewers, but has seen a dip in production the past two seasons. Maybe a change of scenery was all the 26 year old needed.
- Nick Ahmed (Diamondbacks)
- 25-59, .424 avg, .417 obp, 13 runs, 6 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home run, 11 RBI, 3 SB
- Well, I'm going to make a wild prediction and say the D'Backs offense in 2016 is going to be VERY good. Their entire infield (including catcher) has made this list with the exception of Paul Goldschmidt, arguably the best hitter in the league.
- Trevor Story (Rockies)
- 17-48, .354 avg, .426 obp, 17 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 13 RBI
- Let's be honest, Trevor Story has earned his starting job in the Rockies lineup. Regardless of the Jose Reyes situation, this kid has done nothing but impress everyone this spring. If he keeps it up to start the year, when it's time for Reyes to return, it might be Jose who is out of a job!
- Michael Taylor (Nationals)
- 22-48, .458 avg, .500 obp, 10 runs, 6 doubles, 4 home runs, 15 RBI, 3 SB
- Taylor will start the season as the Nationals fourth outfielder, but with the show he has put on this spring, the Nats will find a way to get his bat in the lineup quite often. Once Jayson Werth goes down with an injury, Taylor will be in the Nationals lineup every day.
- Hector Olivera (Braves)
- 24-59, .407 avg, .419 obp, 8 runs, 6 doubles, 12 RBI
- It's going to be a miserable summer in Atlanta as the Braves could finish as the worst team in baseball. However 30 year old Cuban outfielder Hector Olivera could provide the fans some enjoyment and try to help them forget about how awful the team is.
- Reymond Fuentes (Royals)
- 21-54, .389 avg, .459 obp, 9 runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 14 RBI, 3 SB
- Most people have never heard of Reymond Fuentes and rightfully so, as the 25 year old has just 33 career at-bats. But everyone will quickly get to know him as he will be taking over for Alex Rios as the Kansas City Royals starting right fielder.
- Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays)
- 2-0, 1.35 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 20 IP, 15 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 19 K
- Aaron Sanchez had a dominating spring training, as batters hit just .211 off of him in 20 innings pitched. The most impressive thing to me was to see just 3 walks allowed and 19 strike outs. Sanchez earned himself a spot in the Blue Jays rotation.
- Drew Smyly (Rays)
- 3-1, 2.70 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, 20 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 21 K
- Smyly might have had the best spring training of any pitcher in baseball. Yes he posted a 2.70 ERA which doesn't sound great but the guy allowed just 13 base runners in 20 innings of work. His one downside this spring was that he allowed 4 of his 10 hits allowed to go for home runs. Batter hit just .147 against Smyly this spring.
- Jacob DeGrom (Mets)
- 1-0, 1.62 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 16.2 IP, 13 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 15 K
- There's a very good chance that Jacob DeGrom is your 2016 NL Cy Young award winner. DeGrom is proving once again that he is no fluke. We saw what he did in the all-star game last year, we saw what he did in the Mets World Series run and now we are seeing him do it all over again in spring training. DeGrom and the Mets are in line for a monster season.