It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that spring training stats can often be misleading.
Take minor league veteran Jake Fox as a prime example. Last spring, Fox led the Orioles (and all other teams) with 10 home runs. On a weak team with an even weaker roster, he seemed a safe bet to make the big-league squad and potentially enjoy a career year.
Instead, he lasted a mere 27 games before getting booted off the active roster.
He hit only two home runs in the regular season and struggled to keep his average above .200.
Herein lies the lesson: don't put much stock in spring stats—unless your Omar Vizquel and you're still fighting for a big-league job as a 44-year-old.
There have been several jaw-dropping performances (good and bad) this spring by some of baseball's top prospects, but as with big-league veterans, it's hard to tell what's worth worrying or getting excited about.
Luckily, I'm here to let you know which players' spring performances have been a mirage.