February 28, 2013 posted by Chuck Anderson

Spring Training Stats: Hot and Cold for Week 1

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Jedd Gyorko, 2B, San Diego Padres

Hot Hitters

Jedd Gyorko:  13 AB, 3 HR, 9 RBI, BB, 3 K

He looks to be ending any competition for San Diego’s second base job early.  The power is legitimate, he hit 25 home runs in 2011 and 30 more in 2012 as he made his way up the ladder.  With the Petco fences moving in he may keep a large share of it.  He has not exactly faced top caliber competition, his home runs came off Hector Noesi, Hiram Burgos, and Wilkin De La Rosa.  He still offers some of the best power potential from a middle infielder available late in drafts.

Domonic Brown:  9 AB, 2 HR, 2 BB, K

With Delmon Young expected to start the season on the DL things are lining up for Brown to get some regular work.  Just surviving in the majors would be a big step for him.  File his name away, but deeply.

Collin Cowgill:  7 AB, HR, 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 K

There is not much name recognition in the Mets’ outfield, and a hot Spring could easily earn Cowgill at least a share of a corner job.  He has more speed than power, stealing 34 bags with just five CS in 2011.

Joey Votto:  10 AB, HR, 3 BB, K, .538 OBP

There is nothing Earth shattering here, but it is good to see him get one over the fence after the way last year ended.

Cold Hitters

Hunter Morris:  13 AB, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K

Shortly after ascending to a starter he has a big doughnut in offensive production.  If he continues to struggle look for Milwaukee to explore the low-rent free agent market.

Lucas Duda:  10 AB, H, 7 K

Recovering from an injured wrist could have him behind the curve.  Making consistent contact was an issue last year however, he struck out in 26.1% of plate appearances.

Michael Young:  8 AB, 0 H, BB

There is no competition for him at third base.  This only provides caustic Philadelphia fans and snarky columnists (looking at you, Keith Law) an opportunity to vent.

Hiroyuki Nakajima:  7 AB, H, BB, 5 K

As much as we should be able to evaluate NPB players on their own merits the specters of recent busts Kaz Matsui and Tsuyoshi Nishioka hang over infielders.

Michael Wacha, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

Hot Pitchers

Michael Wacha:  5.0 IP, 2 H, o BB, 8 K

He struck out 40 in 23 innings after signing, so the surge is continuing.  He upped his stock after lasting until the nineteenth pick.  There is very little chance he sees action for the Cardinals early this year.

Jarred Cosart:  4.0 IP, H, BB, 2 K

He might not start with the big club but if he pitches well Houston will have a spot for him.

Donnie Joseph:  2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 6 K

He had a 2.33 ERA and struck out over a batter per inning last year in the upper minors.  He has a chance to contribute in the Kansas City bullpen.

Cold Pitchers

Cody Buckel:  0.1 IP, 5 BB, 4 ER

He walked 3 batters per nine last season, so control is not exactly a red flag area.  He was ticketed for the minors anyway, so this was not a damaging outing.  He received consideration for some top 100 prospect lists.

Jonathan Papelbon:  0.2 IP, 6 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 2 K

There is nothing to worry about here.  Just enjoy Miguel Cabrera launching a baseball into orbit.

Yovani Gallardo:  2.2 IP, 3 ER, 2 HR, 0 BB, 2 K

Preparing for the WBC could have him off kilter in some fashion, but there is plenty of time for him to right the ship.



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