1. Lorenzo Cain — CF, Royals
Lorenzo Cain has been destroying the ball this spring (.426/.475/.870) but as much as I’d love for this to be a sign of things to come, it probably won’t be. Cain is an above average hitter, but a bigger sample size will most likely bring him back down into the .260-.280 range. Not bad, but not superstar-level either.
That said, how great would it be if Cain made a leap? Who doesn’t want there to be a superstar center-fielder named LORENZO CAIN? That is the most badass name that’s ever existed. Jean-Claude Van Damme is going to murder people until they let him play someone named Lorenzo Cain in a direct-to-Netflix movie.
2. Chris Young — CF, Diamondbacks
After having a great postseason (.389/.453/.721 and 3 home runs), it seems like Young has picked up right where he left off (.400/.518/.711 this spring). But we’re still talking about a relatively small sample size (63 at bats) and a guy who has only hit above .250 in a season once. This isn’t to say that he’s going to have a bad season, since Young gets on base a ton. Just don’t expect those gaudy October and Spring numbers to carry over.
3. Alfonso Soriano — LF, Cubs
Do not — I repeat — do not be fooled by Alfonso’s spring. (Note: Alfonso’s Spring would make a great name for a restaurant if Mr. Soriano ever felt so inclined.) He’s hitting the ball as well as he ever has right now (.341/.319/.841 with 6 home runs), but this will not last. Soriano’s still a solid hitter, and the 20+ home-run power will likely remain, but his days of having an OPS north of .800 are gone.
4. Kyle Seager — 3B, Mariners
Seager had a great spring, and may have a great career ahead of him, but if his time with the big club last year was any indication, the Seattle prospect will have some growing pains while making the transition to the big leagues.
5. Jeanmar Gomez — P, Indians
The Indians right-hander has been dominant so far this spring. His 1.69 ERA has Cleveland fans saying “Fausto, who?” (Oh I guess they were saying that already.) The fact is that Gomez doesn’t have the command to keep this up. He walks too many people and it will catch up with him as the sample size grows. Expect him to be a decent number five starter if
FaustoRoberto Hernández gets held up in his return to the states.