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Spring Training Week 3 Cheat Sheet

Below is our first 2011 review of the top three hitters and pitchers in each standard 5×5 fantasy baseball category during 2011 Spring Training… even though we’re in the middle of the third week of Spring Training.

Judging a hitter or pitcher on Spring Training performance is difficult because both hitters and hurlers tend to face some competition that won’t make an Opening Day roster. Spring Training stats can be useful in discovering who might breakout in the upcoming season or which rookies can make an impact when they are called up later in the year.

In the case of sluggers like Ryan Howard, Spring Training numbers just reinforce the notion that they are warm weather superstars – guys who dominate during the summer months and are notorious slow starters because they play in a four-season climate.

Any thoughts on how spring training can positively or negatively affect a players fantasy value? We encourage you to drop them in the comments below.

Batting Average (minimum 30 at-bats):

  • Melky Cabrera, Kansas City Royals: .516
  • Ryan Roberts, Arizona Diamondbacks: .484
  • Russell Branyan, Arizona Diamondbacks: .471
  • Coco Crisp, Oakland A’s: .471

Runs:

  • Mike Aviles, Kansas City Royals: 13
  • Cabrera, Royals: 13
  • Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels: 12

Home Runs:

  • Four Players (including Jake Fox, Ian Kinsler, Michael Morse and Trumbo): 5

RBI:

  • Luke Hughes, Minnesota Twins: 13
  • Trumbo, Angels: 13
  • Danny Espinoza, Washington Nationals: 12
  • Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals: 12
  • Brett Wallace, Houston Astros: 12

Stolen Bases:

  • Anthony Gose, Toronto Blue Jays: 8
  • Darren Ford, San Francisco Giants: 7
  • Tony Gwynn, Los Angeles Dodgers: 6

Wins:

  • Fausto Carmona, Cleveland Indians: 3
  • Rob Delany, Tampa Bay Rays: 3
  • Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants: 3

Saves:

  • Casey Daigle, San Francisco Giants: 3
  • Felix Romero, San Francisco Giants: 3
  • 8 others: 2

ERA (minimum 9 innings pitched):

  • Carl Pavano, Minnesota Twins: 0.00 in 13 innings
  • Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies: 0.00 in 11 innings
  • Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals: 0.00 in 11 innings

Strikeouts:

  • Lincecum, Giants: 21
  • Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants: 18
  • Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels: 17
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