I’m happy Eric Young Jr. and Jace Peterson are tearing it up this spring. Irrelevant though they are, good stats are never a bad thing.
Of course they don’t always carry over to the regular season. You may recall New Zealander Travis Wilson, who finished March 2001 with a BA above .400, leading Bobby to effuse about the “special sound” made whenever the former softball star made contact. Alas, that “special sound” was never heard in a major league ballpark. Five springs later, James Jurries batted .412 and led the team in RBI. He was out of baseball a year later.
Juan Francisco teased us with gaudy exhibition numbers in 2013, including 6 HR and a .652 slugging percentage. B.J. hit .347 that spring. And it was only a year ago when Dan Uggla hit 4 March bombs and got on base at a .403 clip, leading the more gullible among us to dream of a career renaissance. No need to remind you how that fantasy played out.