With less than a week away from Opening Day of the 2016 season, it’s time to look at who’s performing in the preseason. Spring Training results aren’t entirely indicative of regular season results, but it does feel good when you know your players are producing very well as we get closer to the start of the season. The first division we’ll look at is the AL Central!
Kansas City Royals:
LF Reymond Fuentes: In 22 games, Fuentes is batting .400 with 12 RBI and 3 HRs
1B Eric Hosmer: In 16 games, Hosmer is batting .400 with 12 RBI and 3 HRs as well.
RP Kelvin Herrera: Despite giving up 4 ER, he has only surrendered 5 hits in 9 innings of work for a opponent BA of .152 and a WHIP of 0.78. He has only struck out 9 batters. Most of that damage came on a single hit, when he surrendered a 3-run HR to Chris Carter.
1B Mike Napoli: In 16 games, Napoli is batting .419 and an OBP of .490. He has driven in 14 runs and swatted 4 long balls.
RP Kyle Crockett: In 9.2 innings of work, Crockett has only given up 2 ER and struck out 9 batters. Opponents are batting .189 against him and he has a WHIP of 0.93.
3B Trevor Plouffe: In 14 games, Plouffe has hit .375 with 4 long balls. He’s also driven in 14 and has an OBP of .409.
SP Kyle Gibson: In 17.2 innings, Gibson has a 1.53 ERA and has held opponents to a .212 batting average across his 5 starts. He’s also struck out 19 this spring.
SP Ervin Santana: In 16 innings across 4 spring starts, Santana has only given up 2 ER for an ERA of 1.13. He’s struck out 15 while holding batters to a .125 clip.
C Bryan Holaday: In 16 games, Holaday has hit .438, driven in 12 runs, and has hit 4 home runs. His OBP is .455 and his SLG is .969 as he makes his case for the Tigers’ backup catcher (or some other team’s for that matter). He also has 3 doubles and 1 triple this spring.
OF Tyler Collins: In 20 games, Collins has batted .326 and a .420 OBP clip. He has one home run along with 8 RBIs, and he also leads the majors this spring with 5 triples.
Chicago White Sox:
3B Matt Davidson: In 21 games, Davidson has hit .381 with 4 HRs and 7 RBIs. His OBP is .409 this spring.
OF Avisail Garcia: In 16 games, Garcia has 16 RBIs and 4 HRs. He’s batting .333 with 4 doubles and 1 triple as well.
So who’s had the most impressive spring in the AL Central so far? Is he listed here? Are there any other standout performances in the American League Central in your opinion?