In my Grapefruit League report last week, I said it was my favorite week of the year. If last week is my favorite, this week has to be my least favorite. We’re not quite to the point in spring training when teams have made major cuts yet, (We’re still seeing players with numbers in the 80s and 90s), and most of us are still a couple weeks away from our drafts. It’s like being a kid at Christmas-time: when the tree first goes up there’s tremendous excitement, but by December 15th
, it’s like; “come on fat man, get here already!”
Regardless of my despair this week, there’s still work to be done. Here’s a handful of players you should be monitoring as we count down the days until Christmas…I mean, draft day.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES: For the second spring in a row, Orioles prospect Joey Rickard is tearing it up. He wasn’t originally thought to get much playing time, other than a possible platoon against lefties, but if he continues at his current pace manager Buck Showalter will have to find a permanent spot for him. He’s 10 for 26, with 10 runs, three HRs and steals; a .568 OBP, .888 PAP, and 1.337 OPS.
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