Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 3/6/12

Only a few days into spring training and we’re already getting excited by early home runs and let down by poor two-to-three inning pitching performances. Spring stats are meaningless, though some teams use them to make roster decisions for some reason. Let’s take a look back at last season’s spring training superstars and if their spring performances translated into regular season success.

Catcher: Jake Fox - .297/.325/.797, 10 HR

The man hit ten bombs in only 74 at-bats and slugged seven freaking ninety seven. While Fox had always flashed a potent power bat, he hadn’t done much other than slam a few dingers over his major league career. His career slash line stands at .237/.288/.425 in 534 plate appearances. Last season, he hit only .246/.313/.443 in a very limited number of at-bats for the Orioles.

Honorable mentions: George Kottaras and Mike Napoli

First base: Mitch Moreland - .403/.437/.716, 4 HR

Moreland actually started 2011 off quite well, posting a .905 OPS in April and a .873 OPS in May. He faded mightily for the rest of the season, however, failing to post more than a .740 OPS in any month thereafter.

Honorable mentions: Kila Ka’aihue and Michael Morse

Ka’aihue hit .397/.462/.845 with seven home runs in the spring, but struggled out of the gates as Kansas City’s starting 1B. he finished the year at .195/.295/.317. The interesting thing about Morse’s hot spring (.364/.421/.818, 9 HR) is that, while he had a fantastic season as a whole, he struggled big-time out of the gates hitting .224/.267/.284 with only one home run in April.

Second base: Rickie Weeks - .442/.500/.615

Weeks was on his way to another fine season when an ankle injury knocked him to the DL.

Honorable mentions: Omar Infante and Skip Schumaker

Third base: Kevin Kouzmanoff - .413/.449/.571, 2 HR

Kouz’s, his molten hot spring was a far cry from the numbers he had put up in over 2,600 career major league plate appearances. When all was said and done, Kouz put up a meager line of .235/.284/.372 between his time with the A’s and Rockies.

Honorable mention: Chone Figgins

Figgins ended up hitting .373/.448/.490 with five stolen bases last spring, number that were light years away from the .188/.241/.243 line he put up during the regular season.

Shortstop: Alcides Escobar - .364/.400/.636, 5 HR, 2 SB

Well on his way to a 20/20 season…er…no. Escobar was always a highly regarded prospect and he certainly hit in the minor leagues, but his free-swinging ways have gotten the best of him thus far in his big league career. After slugging those five home runs in spring training, Escobar only managed four during the regular season to go along with an anemic .254/.290/.343 slash line.

Honorable mentions: Hanley Ramirez and Asdrubal Cabrera

Cabrera was actually one of the player who had their hot spring carry over into the regular season. He hit .293/.347/.489 with 14 home runs and 12 stolen bases in the first half before fading to .244/.310/.419 in the second half.

Left field: Jeremy Reed - .431/.463/.490, 3 SB

Reed played in only seven major league games for the Brewers last season where he managed seven plate appearances, no hits and two strikeouts. He played in only 40 games combined between the Brewers and Twins Triple-A teams, hitting a combined .203/.280/.305.

Honorable mentions: Alex Gordon, Ben Francisco, Travis Buck, Juan Rivera

Center field: Melky Cabrera - .468/.471/.742, 2 HR, 3 SB

Melky was one of the few 2011 spring training all-stars to actually go on to have a very good season (.305/.339/.470, 18 HR, 20 SB, 102 R, 87 RBI).

Honorable mentions: Marlon Byrd, Coco Crisp, Jacoby Ellsbury

Right field: Jose Bautista - .400/.426/.700, 3 HR

Bautista clearly went on to have a fantastic season, but his spring numbers barely beat out those of, you guessed it, the one and only Erick Almonte (see below).

Honorable mention: Erick Almonte

Erick Almonte, the 33-year-old minor league veteran (over 5000 minor league plate appearances) hit .416/.438/.636 last spring with three home runs.

Starting pitcher: Roy Halladay – 4-0, 0.42 ERA

 He’s good.

Honorable mention: Kyle McClellan

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dallas Cowboys officially release RB Ryan Williams

Hulk Hogan reportedly used homophobic slurs, too

Pettine on Browns GM: We're singing from the same hymnal

Reports: Troy Tulowitzki had no idea he was being traded

Dolphins sign Josh Freeman just four days after cutting him


Teammate: Victor Cruz looks faster now than ever before

Donald Trump rips Boston mayor over failed Olympic bid

Power struggles becoming the norm for successful franchises

Report: Tom Brady destroyed phone, suspension to be upheld

J.J. Watt calls training camp 'the greatest'

Hibbert asked agent to find him a coach who played in NBA

Jets won't hesitate to bench Geno Smith if he struggles

Jonathan Papelbon will be traded … somewhere

Six players poised for big year after season-ending injuries

‘Mystery pooper’ torments golf course by defecating in holes

Gyllenhaal’s parents made him turn down ‘Mighty Ducks’ role

Eli, Romo channel Rob Lowe in new DirecTV commercials

Troy Tulowitzki, the Blue Jays, and upgrading strengths

Nick Saban has incredible advice for his players on chasing girls

Nik Stauskas trolls Thad Matta

Will Smith fires back at former teammate Junior Galette

Sammy Watkins: It's a "problem" if Bills don't win AFC East

The most important quarterback in the game?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Galette appears to unload on Payton

Dez Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

Top 10 CFB coaches on the hot seat

Was Popovich close to retiring last year?

Kyle Busch continues historic run with Brickyard win

WATCH: Mike Trout HR lands in 'Trout Net'

With Cueto dealt, what's the market for other pitchers?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker