For a third straight season, XN Sports brings you spring training stats far sooner than you could possibly need them. But we all know, with an increasingly fantasy-centric universe, it’s never too early to start overreacting about prospects and veterans alike. With that said, let’s take a look at who’s hot after the first handful of games in 2015 MLB Spring Training.
Alex Rios (6-for-12, 3 HR, 7 RBI) Now a Royal, Rios will likely have another up and down year in which he disappoints a lot of people and satisfies just enough.
Brennan Boesch (5-for-11, 2 HR, 5 RBI) Boesch has been bobbled around a handful of teams since the last time I saw him (signing cheap cards at a Verizon store in suburban Detroit). Only time will tell if his long swing and intermittent power will pan out in the big leagues for good.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis (9-for-15) Putting the ball in play doesn’t always result in runs or RBIs, but it’s better than not putting the ball in play.
Brett Eibner (4-for-7, 2 HR, 5 RBI) We may not hear Eiber’s name again this year, but the 26 year-old center fielder from Texas is doing his best to make sure he earns a September call up to Ned Yost‘s Bunt-Squad.
Anthony Gose (8-for-14, 4 RBI, 3 SB) The Tigers new center fielder will not hit for average, but he will steal bases and track balls down in cavernous Comerica Park.
Mark Trumbo (4-for-9, 2 HR, 4 RBI) Trumbo’s 1.778 OPS will not hold up. He’ll hit ~20 home runs but when the strikeouts start to pile up the Diamondbacks will clear out the cobwebs in other parts of their dugout.
Marcus Semien (7-for-14, 2 HR, 4 RBI) Semien had six home runs in 231 at-bats last year on the South Side, so it’s reasonable to assume that he’ll hit anywhere between 0 and 1 home runs when the regular season starts and (if) he has a full 81 games at the Coliseum.
Xander Bogaerts (3-for-8, 2 HR, 6 RBI) You were warned about the small sample sizes. Still, nice start.
Tyler Moore (6-for-11, HR, 6 RBI)
Ubaldo Jimenez (3.1 IP, 16.20 ERA, 7 K, 2 HB) You might be wondering why Ubaldo is at the top of this list. You also might be wondering why he has a bloated ERA of 16.20 and seven strikeouts in only 3.1 innings pitched. You’re also wasting your time trying to figure what Ubaldo Jimenez is. Note: stats “leaders” can mean anything.
Jason Marquis (5.0 IP. 0 H, 6 K) This is likely Marquis’ last chance to reduce his 4.56 lifetime ERA. So far, he’s making the best of it.
Rubby De La Rosa (5.0 IP, 4 K, 2 H) De La Rosa has been making a comeback since 2011 when he pitched 60.2 innings with the Dodgers and put up a respectable ERA of 3.71.
Taijuan Walker (5.0 IP, 2 H, 6 K) Walker is part of the reason the Mariners could win the West in 2015. Also, Safeco Field has good coffee and veggie hot dogs.
All stats courtesy MLB.com
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