It is hard for fantasy baseball owners to take too much away from stats during spring training. Most of the numbers are inflated and most pitchers have yet to hit their comfort zone. Sometimes, though, there are some numbers worth taking note of.
One of these staggering spring numbers is the .400 batting average of Toronto Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera.
Melky hit everything that crossed the plate this spring. He didn’t hit a single home run this month, but he amassed 28 hits, including 10 doubles. He also struck out just 10 times in 70 at-bats and the outfielder was making solid contact game after game.
Cabrera has always been a strong performer in the spring. He has hit over .340 in four straight seasons and has earned his outfield spot each March. He may not be a perennial All-Star, but he knows how to fill a box score.
Back in 2012, Cabrera posted a ridiculous .346 batting average. He was having a superstar season until he was busted for PED use and suspended the final 50 games of the season. Melky hasn’t been ranked anywhere inside the top-tier outfielders since and many fantasy owners have completely written him off.
However, Cabrera has shown this spring that he can still be a reliable stick. He will record double-digit steals and home runs in the upcoming season to go along with a batting average above .275. He can be a steal as a third outfielder this season and will once again establish himself as a roto-league star.