Players To Watch

04/14/2011 3:55 PM -  Craig Davis

Every so often I’m going to review my pre-season rankings and compare those numbers to the real, up-to-date statistics. As I do this I’m going to be able to tell where I failed in my projections and where I was right on the money.

I’ll also be able to find some players that I believe are worth watching and, in some cases, worth picking up. Today is one of those days. I’ve had a chance to examine some of the early numbers on these players, and although it’s WAY too early to panic or make knee-jerk moves, it’s a good time to monitor the “early returns” on some certain players.

CATCHER

Miguel Montero, Arizona — Montero leads all catchers with a sizzling .444 average, not to mention a healthy two home runs, five RBIs and seven runs scored. Montero also leads all catchers with a solid five doubles. Obviously he’ll cool off a bit, but his early returns have been fantastic.

J.P. Arencibia, Toronto — Though he has only 31 at bats to date, Arencibia is batting a solid .323 with a .710 slugging percentage because of two doubles, two triples and two home runs.

FIRST BASE

Ike Davis, NY Mets — Can’t argue with his early 11 RBIs or his .341 batting average. Not known for his keen eye at the plate, Davis has already drawn five free passes which has clearly helped his early season surge.

Mitch Moreland, Texas — Moreland has just 27 at bats thus far, including a homer, five runs scored, four doubles and a triple while batting .323. Now that Josh Hamilton is out for at least six weeks, it will be interesting to see how much more playing time he gets.

SECOND BASE

Neil Walker, Pittsburgh — Remember Nate McClouth? Every year a Pirates player seems to come out of nowhere. This year it might be Walker. Through 11 games Walker is batting over .280 with two long balls and nine RBIs. Not bad for a scrappy second baseman/third/baseman.

SHORTSTOP

Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs — Absolutely love this guy’s eye at the plate. It took him 28 at bats before he swung and missed at a ball. How amazing is that? He’s batting .389 with two doubles, two triples and 11 runs scored in 54 at bats.

Angel Sanchez, Houston — In 47 at bats he already has 18 hits, 8 RBIs and 11 runs scored.

THIRD BASE

Brent Morel, Chicago White Sox — Numbers aren’t great, but he’s starting to come along as the 9-hole hitter. 10 hits, 7 RBIs and 6 runs scored isn’t bad for batting that low.

OUTFIELD

Jose Tabata, Pittsburgh — His power numbers aren’t going to “wow” you, but his .325 average, 13 runs scored and five stolen bases are a nice bonus.

PITCHERS

Chris Narveson, Milwaukee — How about a 0.00 ERA through two starts, including just 9 hits over 13 innings of work and 14 strikeouts.

Alexi Ogando, Texas — Moved from set-up man to 5th in the rotation, but if he keeps pitching this well he might be moved up. No ERA in two starts, including wins over Seattle and Detroit. Ogando has allowed only four hits over 13 innings while striking out eight and walking three.


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