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Picked Off: Spring Training Boxscores 2/26/2009

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SP Jordan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals:  The Nats' fast-tracked #1 prospect threw two no-hit innings with three Ks against a Detroit Tigers line-up with just four regulars albeit the heart of their order.  Whether this means anything even if he cracks the rotation is another story.

3B Chris Johnson, Houston Astros:  In another entry from Players Who Mean Nothing In Mixed Leagues, the rookie started at 3B and went 2-2.  With just Geoff Blum in the way, deep NL-only leagues and dynasty leagues, pay heed.

SS Jose Reyes, New York Mets:  Batting third, Jose Reyes hit two homeruns and drove-in six.  2B Luis Castillo batted first for the second game in a row.  Will Reyes really bat third?

C Jorge Posada, New York Yankees:  He went 2-2 with a homerun off Chad Orvella.  That is great, but what I really want to see is Posada catching.  He DH-ed today and is expected to continue doing so until the middle of March.

SP Wade Davis, Tampa Bay Rays:  One of the many reasons the punditry are high on the Rays pitched two shut out innings against the Yankees A-team and struck out three without allowing a hit or run.  The #3 prospect in the system looks like he can contribute in 2009.

3B Brandon Wood, Los Angeles Angels:  For the second consectutive game, Wood batted in the heart of the order.  More importantly, he has not yet struck out. With SS-eligibility, this is a sleeper situation worth monitoring.

C Max Ramirez, Texas Rangers:  He replaced starter Taylor Teagarden and caught one runner stealing.  Unfortunately, that potential thief was Royals' back-up catcher Brayan Pena.  Move along, there is nothing to see here.