It’s always good to look at spring training numbers to give you an idea as what to expect from guys for the season. They’re facing top pitchers who are all displaying their best stuff. No one needs time to get warmed up. No one’s trying new pitches or getting a feel for the ball. They are at the height of their game in March. In fact, I think someone should propose to Bud that the World Series could easily be played in March. Yes, The March Classic. I like how that sounds. Since these spring training numbers mean so much, I decided to look at the top slugging guys in March:
Corey Hart – Leading the charge with slugging at .976. Obviously, no night games and wearing sunglasses is a recipe for success.
Mike Jacobs – He’s even hitting lefties this spring as he racked up 20 RBIs and 7 homers.
Travis Ishikawa – Five homers already and a slugging percentage of .649. Wow, huh? Seriously, reread the word before “huh.” No, that’s a comma. Before that.
Jed Lowrie – He’ll easily end the spring as Boston’s best hitter with a line of .462/500/.872. Can anyone say MVP?
These are the top 4 sluggers for 2009 Spring Training. That’s right. Not 2010. A real beauty pageant of names, right? Seriously, please stop looking at spring stats. Corey Hart didn’t come within 450 points of that slugging percentage for one single month of last year as he went on to his worst season in the majors. Lowrie hit 2 homers and batted .147 in 2009. If you need me to tell you what the other two did, you might need Matthew Berry’s help. Spring stats mean nothing. You should only be looking at who’s healthy, who’s winning position battles and who’s winning rotation spots. The rest is meaningless.