So, I finally found a place where you can get some Spring Training stats. And by some, I mean all. Check it out here. Of course, I should have figured it would come from mlb.com.
Anyway, they are not West Coast, nor do they play in the AL West, but the KC Royals do play in the Cactus League and they are all kinds of exciting. Not to mention all kinds of talented. Look out for the Royals this year. And yes, I am serious.
Cactus League Leaders
RBI – Eric Hosmer, KC Royals (17)
AVG – Lorenzo Cain, KC Royals (.500) – and that is a true .500, not a “I batted 4 times and got 2 hits” .500; he is currently 17/34 and one of the top prospects in baseball.
2B – Lorenzo Cain, KC Royals (7)
SB – Gregor Blanco, SF Giants (9) – Who? Yeah, Gregor White (Blanco means White). Batting .419, 18 hits in 43 AB’s, 9 steals. Those are #1 fantasy draft pick type numbers. Not that I’m suggesting you take him #1 (or at all) in your fantasy draft.
HR – Carlos Peguero, SEA Mariners (4) – There are a bunch tied at 4 so I’m just going to list my favorite. At 6’5″ and 245 lbs, there’s a lot to like. Literally. And physically.
ERA – C.J. Wilson, LA Angels (0.64)
Wins – Luis Mendoza, KC Royals (4) – In 4 starts. Oh by the way, 12 K in 11 IP, and just 1 ER for a 0.77 ERA.
K’s – Felix Hernandez, SEA Mariners (17)
Holy Felix the Cat. Let’s hope he’s got 9 lives because he used one up today. 5IP, 8R, 7ER, 10H. And that’s against the White Sox. Imagine what will happen when he has to face a big league team. I kid. And Felix Hernandez will be just fine. Or you could always trade him to the D’Backs. I’m sure Kevin Towers is willing to give you Stephen Drew. He might even throw in Lyle Overbay.
In fact, why don’t the M’s send Ichiro and Montero over, too. Then the D’Backs would have 2 catchers named Montero. Imagine Ichiro in left, CY in center and J-Up in right. Anyway, back to reality.
So Hernandez will be fine. Ichrio is settling nicely into the 3 spot in the batting order, a move I really like. He’s hitting .400 in Spring ball, with 2 HR and 8 RBI. In fact, if you look at the Mariners likely Opening Day starting lineup (in Japan), there is only one glaring weakness. Chone Figgins. Or no leadoff hitter. Same problem.
After that, Ackley is solid, Ichiro will have a bounce back year, Smoak, Montero, Carp are all studs, Olivio has some pop, and Saunders is playing really well. Brendan Ryan… OK, so they have 2 holes, #1 and #9.
I also just realized the AL West is the fishing division. Well, it is the West Coast so that makes sense. We’ve got Mike Trout and Mike Carp. Hey whaddya’ know… they are both Mike’s too. They should open their own business. Mike’s Carp & Trout, Fishing Baseballs, Inc. Trademark it now, boys. Seattle’s Fish Market could have some competition. Or not. Either way.
Mike Trout is not ready for the regular season. In fact, he’s not even ready for Spring Training. Going into the Spring, I was hoping he’d show off enough skills to get him onto the Angels roster for Opening Day. Alas, he did not play. At all. But, Ladies and Gentlemen, have no fear… We’ve had a Mike Trout sighting. He started the Angels v Royals game, going 0/3 with a walk and a K. I’ll get to see him play in person, next week at Scottsdale Stadium. (Provided he’s playing. At this point, I’m guessing he will be. Has a lot of ground to make up). Here we go, Angels fan going to yell at me about why he wasn’t playing. Speaking of Here We Go, anyone else see that Bud Light commercial? With the dog? Come on now, that is some funny ish.
C.J. Wilson, 5 innings, 5K, 0BB, ready for the regular season.
Jordan Walden? Goodness gracious. 0.1IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER. The good news? He didn’t walk anybody. Walden’s got a 108.00ERA this Spring. Suffice to say, that’s not good. Maybe he’ll be in Cedar Rapids, too. Double the promotion. Double the fun. 2,000 bobble heads!
In Cactus League action today, the Brewers beat the Rangers 5-3. The big story however was Yu Darvish facing Ryan Braun.
Darvish dazzled in 4 scoreless innings, striking out 4. He did walk 3 however and his last two starts has had difficulty controlling his pitches. Braun was 0/2 against Yu, and finished the day 0/2 with a walk.
To say Ryan Braun is struggling this Spring would be an understatement. He couldn’t even get himself up for an appearance against the second biggest story in the Cactus League (Braun himself was #1). Braun is now batting .059 in Spring Training. Guess that’s what happens when your testosterone goes back to normal levels. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
Think Dan Haren wasn’t a little extra fired up to face his former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks? Think again. The DH went 3 scoreless innings and struck out 7 of the final 8 batters he faced. Who said it’s just Spring Training?
I’m sure glad Haren is in the AL West and the D’Backs, being in the NL West, don’t have to face him. Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana and CJ Wilson are 3 other reasons I’m glad the Angels don’t play in the NL West.
The D’Backs ended up getting Joe Saunders and Tyler Skaggs for Haren in a deal that worked out well for both clubs. Skaggs, who projects to be a future #1 or #2 pitcher for the D’Backs as soon as next season, had a rough first outing. He followed it up today with 2 scoreless innings and a K.
Got my first look at Baby Japanese Jesus today, although it was via live streaming video. I wish I was there in person. Would have been fun to see.
Anyway, I watched the first inning versus the San Diego Padres. Yu struck out Cameron Maybin looking on a nasty curveball. He also fanned Carlos Quentin on a slider that CQ missed by a foot.
Darvish 1 – MLB 0.
I’ve heard Sir Albert really likes it when you call him El Hombre. I look forward to when he plays on the road and fans bust out large El Hombre signs. Actually that will probably just make him mad, something you definitely don’t want to do when he’s playing your team.
Mr. Pujols played his first Cactus League Spring Training game today and went 2/3 in the process. He had a double and RBI. The other Angels newcomer, CJ Wilson pitched 2 scoreless innings against the Oakland A’s.
Manny Ramirez still does not have a hit this spring and is 0/5 as an A. Josh Reddick and Brandon Allen continue to tear the cover off the ball. Yoenis Cespedes has not played yet, but is getting closer. Excited to see what he does. There could be something to this A’s squad. Plus, if they are terrible, there’s always my boy, Run BMC and his girl, Amanda McCarthy.
Elsewhere in WC Baseball (that’s West Coast abbreviated), the Mariners played my now hometown San Diego Padres. Carlos Quentin got his first Spring Training action this year with a 2/2, double, single, walk appearance. Just missed a home run and triple for the rich man’s cycle. I don’t know what that means, but I think it involved the walk part of the cycle. Speaking of rich men (that doesn’t sound good coming from me), the newest Millionaire, Cameron Maybin did not play today. I’d take the day off too if I just received $25M. Good signing for Los Friars and my man, JB.
I love me some Andy Van Slyke. This whole post has some rather gay overtones to it. Not sure what that’s all about. Anyway, the AVS produced a very talented ball player in Scott Van Slyke. That dude can flat out mash a baseball. I hope he makes the big league squad. He’ll be fun to watch. Van Slyke, the younger one, had a two run HR for the Dodgers today to help his case.
Los Giants are under the lights tonight in Scottsdale or as I like to call it, the mean streets of Scottsdale or just plain Scottsdiggity. Interesting the two places I’ve lived in my life both have SD. Lots of initials and abbreviations today, too. Not sure. Maybe it has to do with the Mayan calendar. WSC out.