Spring Training Week 2 – Roster Trends
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The Sure Things
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Players in this category are the ones who should be making the 25-man roster coming out of Spring
. The obvious names will be here… maybe also those who are demonstrably stepping up their game to force a decision.
- Freddie Freeman. Duh. Even ignoring his contract, FF is 4 for 8 with a .600 OBP and 1.725 OPS. Even in Spring those are video-game numbers. He wants to move north already.
- Andrelton Simmons. Still hurting, but of course he’s on the 25-man.
- A.J. Pierzynski. He was hired to hit and catch occasionally. He’s 3 for 6, .625 OBP, and 1.125 OPS. All righty, then.
- Jonny Gomes. Short of insulting Fredi Gonzalez‘ mother, he’s on the team no matter what he does – but at least he’s gotten a couple of hits this week.
- Nick Markakis. See Gomes. Only question for Markakis is when he can safely get some games in to get ready for OD.
- Melvin Upton, Jr. Oh yes – he’ll be on the 25-man roster… via the DL.
- Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Shelby Miller. Yes, all of these pitchers are locks, though Miller probably scared some after that first outing (ERA 108 – no there’s really not a decimal point in that number).
- Mike Minor. He is also a lock, though I would not be at all surprised at a month or more of DL time.
- Craig Kimbrel. Well… yeah.
After this chart, things are starting to get quick interesting…