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Should I pay attention to spring training stats?

Postby oscarsf » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:34 am

The old adage is spring training stats don't mean much, but find them useful for setting the stage to begin the season.

http://fantasybaseballforbeginners.com/spring-training-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

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Re: Should I pay attention to spring training stats?

Postby st3v3k4hn » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:17 pm

I wish I knew. There are a bunch of guys who look great this spring and have the pedigree to be real breakout guys. Guys like Ackley, Brad Miller, Moustakas, AJ Pollock, Michael Brantley, Kolten Wong, Nick Castellanos are all tearing it up, and most will probably go undrafted in my relatively shallow Yahoo H2H categories league. I am very tempted to just load up on pitching and studs and then to draft a bunch of these guys late. I know spring training hasnt been especially predictive of regular season performance - in fact this isnt the first time that Moustakas has had a great spring. Am I nuts for thinkng that this is different, and at least some of these guys will actually be top 5 at their positions? Is it nuts to draft someone like Ackley over guys like Hill, Utley, Murphy, etc??
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Re: Should I pay attention to spring training stats?

Postby oscarsf » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:24 pm

I certainly hope Brad Miller comes through. I drafted him as my starting shortstop late in the draft. We have a 16-team league with 25 roster spots, so there isn't much to wade through in the free agent pool after the draft.
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Re: Should I pay attention to spring training stats?

Postby jonboycubs » Mon May 26, 2014 6:03 pm

I think spring training stats can be important as if the player has good stats it can help him jumpstart the season, imo, every stat counts

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Re: Should I pay attention to spring training stats?

Postby B-Chad » Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:34 pm

Spring training stats should be paid attention to only to the extent of how they impact starting jobs. It's always important to remember that spring training is used for different things for different players. Pitchers are often asked to work on pitches they aren't comfortable with, or working on throwing pitches they aren't comfortable throwing in certain counts. I'm guilty of looking at spring training stats simply because they are available, but they don't hold any weight when it comes to ranking players.
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Re: Should I pay attention to spring training stats?

Postby The Loveable Losers » Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:22 pm

Completely agree with B-Chad. I would add that while straight-up stats don't necessarily matter outside of how they effect positional battles, changes in velocity for pitchers can matter as they can be indicative of a pitcher figuring something out when they go up significantly or having an injury cropping up (or trying to pitch through one they already have) when they go down.
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