Spring Training, how I loathe the coverage of thee.
There isn't enough actual baseball related news to fill the daily demand for stories so beat guys are forced to make do. They write human interest pieces on players. They write full articles about things that might be worth a paragraph mid-season. For example, there were two meaningful stories yesterday - one was Clippard coming back to throw and one was Mattheus being looked at for an injury. Injuries matter. But ill-defined seemingly recoverable injuries a month away from first pitch? Those aren't stories, those are footnotes you come back to later. It's not their fault. That's the job presented to them. "We need 3-4
stories from camp a day. Make it happen" It's one I don't envy.
Along with my annual complaint, I'll get my annual warning out of the way right now.
Do not pay attention to spring training stats.
If you must you can look at just power numbers and maybe an increase in power might be meaningful. Might. The rest is noise.
Best springs at the plate last year? Bryce Harper (disappointing regular season), Anthony Rendon (didn't break out), Micah Ownings (now selling cars in Phoenix I think). Among the more disappointing showings was Ian Desmond. Ryan Mattheus and Chris Young were two of the best pitchers last March. Ohlendorf and ZNN looked worrisome.
It's not real baseball. The players are working out things and the players they are facing are working out things. They are playing against guys that might have no chance of making the big leagues. Add to that a small sample size and it's a recipe for stats that are as close to meaningless as we keep track of.