I am going to use just the spring training stats to project the team when camp breaks. This is just for fun…but you must admit that it would be interesting to see what would happen if that was how the team was chosen. Those who do best in the spring — make the team out of camp. Like high school basketball tryouts. Of course, I know that the “big money” guys are just taking their time and stretching it out — we all know these guys can turn it on whenever they have to. (Except the playoffs, but that’s another story altogether, folks.) They will all be ready when the season starts and we’ll never see these hardworking, fresh young players again. Until we trade them to the Orioles when they’re out of options. But that’s a story for another day, too.) Anyway…
At first base, just off a fine spring which saw him hit .311 with 2 homers and a team leading 10 rbi’s would be Micah Hoffpauir. His back up at first — Jake Fox with his two homers, six rbi’s and .368 obp. DLee (who grounded into his first spring DP today) would start the year in Iowa thanks to his woeful spring — .200 with no homers and a paltry 2 runs batted in.
At second base, the “en fuego” Mike Fontenot. Team second .421 average (for regulars), 2 dingers and 8 knocked in. No errors all spring. Miles and his .267 can stay at back up second and short.
Shortstop is Theriot. Who else would it be? Hitting .444 with an obp of .469. His fielding pct. of .897 is frightening, but the job is his to bobble.
Third base is Ramirez, even though his spring has been weak. Rivas is hitting .240 and has more errors than rbi’s.
Left fielder? Well, Doug Deeds, of course. Solid spring, .281 average and .314 obp. Has played flawless LF and knocked in 5. Taguchi has 7 ribbies and a .391 obp, but his average at .222 is underwhelming. Soriano and his .200 average, .273 obp and 2 homer/3rbi line? Rooming with DLee in Iowa.
CF — Not close. Sam Fuld gets the nod. .286 average, .375 obp and two homers. No errors. One assist. Pick the backup between Gathright (.273 average and .360 obp with two steals in three attempts) Johnson (.242 average and .263 obp and a fairly weak blog) or Fukudome, the Japanese Dreidle.
Right Field goes to Milkit Badly, by default, because he’s done fair since returning from his game one owie and because Hoffpauir is playing first.
Backup catcher — hard to call. Hill at .364 average and .417 obp plus 4 rbi’s. Bako and his sizzling .167 average and .250 obp without an rbi. I’ll take Hill. By the slimmest of margins.
So here it is:
I know it’s insane, but hey, it’s been a slow news day. Thought?