Spring Training All-Stars…

With Spring Training almost half way done, it’s time to take a look who is tearing up both the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Here are the Spring Training All-Stars….

All stats are through Saturday 3/14/09

Wieters is having a great spring

Wieters is having a great spring

C. Matt Wieters, Orioles –  .440/1/5 in 37 ab’s. Wieters is looking like the real deal so far. It would be a shame if the Orioles sent him because of arbitration reasons.

1B. Micah Hoffpauir, Cubs – .311/2/10 in 45 ab’s. The Cubs are wishing they played in the AL because then Hoffpauir can DH. Hoffpauir might see some time in RF during the season due to the inevitable Milton Bradley injury.

2B. Mike Fontenot, Cubs – .371/2/8 in 35 ab’s. It is looking like his 2008 .305/.395 in 243 ab’s wasn’t a fluke. If Fontenot can maintain that pace over 500 ab’s, the Cubs offense will that much better.

SS. Jhonny Peralta, Indians – .565/2/9 in 23 ab’s. Peralta is killing the ball this spring. Looks like Peralta is looking to improve on his career year of 2009. If only he stole bases  he would be right up there with the top Shortstops in the game.

3B. Matt Tuiasosopo, Mariners – .500/3/7 in 34 ab’s. Matt is the brother of Oakland Raiders and former University of Washington star QB, Marques Tuiasosopo. Matt might be the Mariners starting 3B in 2010 as Adrian Beltre will leave as a free agent at the end of 2009.

OF. Josh Hamilton, Rangers – .400/3/9 in 30 ab’s. Hamilton is well on his way to being an MVP candidate in 2009.

OF. Rick Ankiel, Cardinals – .342/0/6/.422 in 38 ab’s. I knew Boras would have this guy ready for the season. 29 years old and his impending free agency make Ankiel a candidate for a breakout season in 2009.

OF. Chris Duncan, Cardinals – .324/2/12 in 37 ab’s. Nobody is rooting harder for the Skip Schumaker 2B experiment to work than Duncan. If Schumaker can’t make the transition to 2B, he will be put back in the OF and Duncan is back to his role of bench player.

SP. Aaron Cook, Rockies – 14 IP/1.93 era/15 K. With Jeff Francis out for the year, Cook takes over as Rockies ace. Cook was 16-9 last year and so far he looks like he might be able to repeat that performance in 2009.

SP. Micah Owings, Reds – 14.2 IP/1.23 era/16 K. Owings is by far and away the best hitting pitcher in baseball and now he is trying to get his pitching skills up with his hitting skills. Owings is still only 26 so maybe he is finally starting to put things together. Owings might win the 5th starter spot in the Reds rotation if he continues to pitch this well.

SP. Sean Marshall, Cubs – 13.1 IP/0.68 era/8 K. Marshall has been lights out this spring. There aren’t too many 5th starters better than Marshall and the Cubs will give him every opportunity to succeed. If Marshall transfers his dominance to the regular season, the Cubs will run away with the NL Central.

RP. Jose Arredondo, Angels – 5 IP/0.00 era/5 K. I was surprised the Angels signed Fuentes to be their closer instead of just giving the job to Arredondo. At 24, Arredondo is the real deal and the next in line if Fuentes should falter during the season.

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