Spring training time is best spent drawing irrational conclusions about players despite the month and a half long season literally never telling the full story of a player’s progression or readiness for the upcoming games that actually matter.
With that said, let’s get to those conclusions…
TIM ANDERSON IS GOING TO BE AN ALL STAR
This guy can’t miss. He’s hitting .433 and simply can’t be stopped. It doesn’t matter how many errors he makes or how few times her walks, because the sheer expertise he will be displaying with the stick will overcome any shortcomings on defense.
YOAN MONCADA WILL BREAK MARK REYNOLDS’ STRIKE OUT RECORD
Last season Yoan struck out every 3 plate appearances. So far this spring, 2.7. That’s not progress. At this rate, he’ll strikeout 241 times…which is a lot. And more than Reynolds’ 223.
ELOY JIMENEZ WON’T WIN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Not exactly a stretch, but he’s currently right behind Vlad Jr. in terms of odds to win the award according to The Action Network and Vlad is chubby/hurt. But Eloy’s .154 average in the spring has clearly derailed him. My money would be on Kyle Tucker, who is +3000 and could take over an outfield spot for the Astros once Michael Brantley gets hurt.
RYAN BURR WILL LEAD THE TEAM IN SAVES
I’m only half kidding. Kelvin Herrera and/or Alex Colome will probably have the job when the season starts, but Burr could sneak into the closer spot once both of those guys get traded. This only happens if Jace Fry stinks, which we wouldn’t want, but Burr has a mid-to-high 90s fastball and the beginnings of a Bobby Jenks look. This is a recipe for a shutdown closer if you ask me.
ADAM ENGEL WILL HAVE AN OPS OVER .700
This would be a huge step up from his 2018 OPS of .615. He’s got a new stance, two dongs, and two other extra base hits this spring. He’s going to become a fan favorite and we’ll probably make a t-shirt out of him like we did with Yolmer.