The Legends of Exhibition (Spring Training) Baseball

We all waited with maniacal anticipation for the first games of Spring following a Winter of listless boredom. Then, after about three weeks, we lose interest and pray that none of our regulars or starting pitchers come up lame and the prospect of a season being flushed down the tubes becomes a disheartening reality. We have reached the end of yet another Spring here in MLB Pro and felt some accolades were due to those March stars that may or may not carry over their Florida/Arizona hot streak into the real games,

So here it is, we unofficially close the books on 2017 Spring Training with a celebration of top performers in each league as top pitcher and hitter superlatives are handed out in the form of the Pedro Martinez & Gregg Jefferies Awards.

Of particular note, Cincinnati, fresh off a 77-win campaign appear to have hit it out of the park on nearly all of their offseason acquisitions. 3B Nolan Arenado (acquired from Colorado in the Albert Suarez deal) had a March to remember with his new team, putting up a slash line of .453/.506/.747 over 83 PAs prior to tweaking an abdominal muscle. He will be sidelined until May but warrants attention as the Reds look to challenge in the NL Central. Headlined by a starting rotation that got ace-worthy Springs out of Matthew Spalding (zero ER allowed in 20 IP, 5 BB, 28 K) and Chris Sale (2.63 ERA, 24 IP with 11 H allowed), the potential emergence of Arenado as a legit run producer provides ammo against the prognosticators who assumed an NL Central title runs through Milwaukee or St Louis in 2017.

Overall Top Performers

American League

Pedro Martinez ST Award: SP Dylan Bundy, KC (16 IP, 2 R, 4 BB, 12 K, 1.13 ERA, .167 AVG, 0.81 WHIP)

Gregg Jefferies ST Award: OF Nomar Mazara, LAA  (.396/.473/.729)

National League

Pedro Martinez ST Award: SP Matthew Spalding, CIN (0.00 ERA, 20 IP, 5 BB, 28 K, 0.75 WHIP, 1.45 FIP)

Gregg Jefferies ST Award: 3B Nolan Arenado, CIN (.453/.506/.747)

Spring Batting Leaders, by division

* to qualify for leaderboard, batters must have at least 45 PA

Note: MLB Pro leaders in bold

Spring Pitching Leaders, by division

* to qualify for leaderboard, pitchers must have at least 16 IP

Note: MLB Pro leaders in bold