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Picked Off: Spring Training Total Bases Leaders 3/10/2009

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Everyone accepts as true that Spring Training statistics are mostly meaningless. In the first two weeks of this Spring, this is especially so as some teams have had their rosters decimated by the World Baseball Classic i.e the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. That said, the game of baseball has always been about statisitcs, and these are still kept.

I typically look at Total Bases when I do a quick sort of Srping Training leaders. What I am looking are the counting stats that make up Slugging Percentage and not just the rate, which can easily be skewed by kid who finished in High A who happened to get a hit in his one Spring Training AB.

The following list of Total Bases leaders shocked me. Not only were some of the weakest hitting players on it, some of them had curiously good BB/K ratios. I have no doubt that some of these hitters are flukes, but I have a non-quantifiable hunch that there is usable information here. Dare I say, verifiable fantasy baseball sleepers?

Player Team OBP SLG AB TB K W
Mike Fontenot CHC 0.400 0.788 33 26 6 2
Xavier Paul LAD 0.441 0.719 32 23 5 1
Jesus Guzman SF 0.458 1.000 22 22 4 2
Jhonny Peralta CLE .600 1.050 20 21 3 0
Micah Hoffpauir CHC 0.326 .500 40 20 9 2
Jason Lane TOR 0.458 0.909 22 20 2 1
Ryan Sweeney OAK 0.571 0.833 24 20 1 3
Brandon Wood LAA 0.417 0.833 24 20 2 0
Rajai Davis OAK 0.519 0.864 22 19 0 3
Brett Gardner NYY 0.435 0.905 21 19 1 2