Spring Training Watch: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?


Hot:
Delmon Young
Do yourself a favor and keep a close watch on Delmon Young. This is the perfect example of a player that will become much better with great surroundings.

For right now, let’s assume that Miguel Cabrera bats third and Prince Fielder bats fourth. If Young bats second, he’s going to see great pitches. If he bats fifth, look for many RBI chances that will come, as Prince will be walked often.

Young is hitting at an above .500 clip right now (no, that’s not a typo). Hitting this way, he has to be in one of those two spots.

Melky Cabrera
Something about Melky Cabrera is working right now. It’s not that he’s hitting the ball out at a good rate, as that will come down when they get out of the desert air of Arizona and into the cool air of the San Francisco Bay Area.

What I am really liking is five doubles. That is how you have to hit to succeed at AT&T Park, and Cabrera is finding the caps in Arizona. That will get him nice placement in the San Francisco batting order. Given his legs and the 3-4 duo of Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval, the runs will be there.

Don’t mistake him for a guy who’s going to knock out 30 homers or anything, but he is a nice late round pickup that will swipe bags and score some runs.

Not:
Michael Bourn
Hitting .270 in spring concerns me. Michael Bourn is not going to get you any power throughout the year. He will steal bases, but needs to bring a high average to have a lot of all-around value. If he’s hitting .270 in the spring, I am not confident that he’ll be up at around .300 when camp breaks.

Keep a really close eye on him through the final few weeks of March. Right now, he’s moving down my draft boards.

Jason Heyward
No, I am not beating up on the Braves, but Jason Heyward’s .214 average is jumping off of the page to me. The fact of the matter is that this has not been the same player since the first half of the 2010 season.

It’s true that you don’t want to overreact to a bad spring, but someone playing like this frightening. He plays a deep position and if Heyward doesn’t heat up a little bit, I would not even consider drafting him. Let someone else deal with the inconsistencies.

Tags: Hot/Not Jason Heyward Michael Bourn Spring Training