2013 MLB Season Preview: 10 Players Who Deserve Spring Training MVP
10 Players Who Deserve Spring Training MVP
Major League Baseball is now a couple weeks into spring training. Some of the competitors in the World Baseball Classic have stepped away from the team to participate for their team in the tournament, while others have stayed in either Florida or Arizona with their teams.
Spring training is a time to get ready for the upcoming season and get the players bodies back into playing baseball on regular basis. Another reason is to get young and inexperience minor league, as well as unsigned players a chance to make the big league club.
A number of games are played for during spring training and some players have been able to get in a playing groove, while others have been slumping. Normally in spring training those who stand out are not your usual suspects. The player with the best stats in spring training might not even make the team coming out of camp and others just seem not to perform well before the season starts.
Rookies who are on the cusp of making the big league club work harder than anyone during spring training, as well as those who are battling it out for a position that may be stacked for their respective club.
Who in spring training has performed better than anyone else? With such a small sample size, it is hard to tell who would be the Spring Training Most Valuable Player. Here is a list of the ten best performers so far in this years spring training. Batters usually get more opportunities to get positive statistics during spring training games, so they might show up more on a list like this.
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OF - Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
2013 Spring Training Stats: 8 G, .480 AVG, .480 OBP, 3 HR, 6 RBI, SB
OF - Brett Gardner, New York Yankees
2013 Spring Training Stats: 7 G, .579 AVG, .619 OBP, 3 RBI, 2 SB
3B - Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres
2013 Spring Training Stats: 10 G, .240 AVG, .296 OBP, 3 HR, 9 RBI
LHP - Jeff Francis, Colorado Rockies
2013 Spring Training Stats: 3 G, 9.0 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 5 K
RHP - Marco Estrada, Milwaukee Brewers
2013 Spring Training Stats: 2 G, 7.0 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, 7 K
RHP - Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals
2013 Spring Training Stats: 3 G, 7.2 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, 11 K
3B - Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
2013 Spring Training Stats: 7 G, .412 AVG, .412 OBP, 4 HR, 8 RBI
RHP - Rick Porcello, Detroit Tigers
2013 Spring Training Stats: 3 G, 8.0 IP, 1-1, 3.38 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 10 K
1B - Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
2013 Spring Training Stats: 10 G, .370 AVG, .400 OBP, 3 HR, 10 RBI
2B - Ryan Raburn, Cleveland Indians
2013 Spring Training Stats: 8 G, .500 AVG, .571 OBP, 4 HR, 9 RBI