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Trevor Bauer, RHP, Cleveland Indians
7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, .160 BAA, 5/1 K/BB
A year after the Arizona Diamondbacks made him the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, Bauer could be pitching his way into a spot in the Indians' Opening Day rotation. However, the resurgence of Scott Kazmir may ultimately hurt his chances.
John Hellweg, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
6 IP, H, .063 BAA, 2 HBP, 4/3 K/BB, 4.50 GO/AO
The Brewers remain steadfast in their development of the 6’9” right-hander as a starter. However, Hellweg is making an increasingly strong case to open the 2013 season at the backend of the team’s big league bullpen.
He may never miss the amount of bats as he should, but as long as he’s inducing weak contact and limiting baserunners, his value is undeniable.
Adam Eaton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
10-for-29 (.345), 4 R, 5 RBI, SB
The Diamondbacks continue to give Eaton plenty of at-bats this spring, as the organization grooms him to be their Opening Day leadoff hitter and center fielder. As expected, the 24-year-old has responded favorably to the ongoing challenge and seems poised for a monster rookie season.
Jake Marisnick, OF, Miami Marlins
5-for-8, 4 R, 2B, 3B, SB
One of several young outfielders on the Marlins’ major league radar, Marisnick has been opening eyes at both the plate and in center field. His defense has drawn rave reviews from the coaching staff, especially Tino Martinez.
Evan Gattis, C/LF, Atlanta Braves
8-for-19 (.421), 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 4 K
Already fond of his powerful bat, the Braves continue to give Gattis looks in the outfield and behind the plate with the hope that he can crack the Opening Day roster on the team’s bench.
Nick Castellanos, OF, Detroit Tigers
6-for-15 (.400), HR, 3 RBI, 3/4 K/BB
After a red-hot start last week, Castellanos has cooled off over the last few games. He’s failed to record a hit in his last six at-bats. At the same time, his plate discipline has been encouraging; the 21-year-old currently has more walks than strikeouts.
Chris Archer, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
4 IP, H, 0 ER, .077 BAA, 2/1 K/BB
As one of several pitchers vying for the final spot in the Rays’ starting rotation, Archer could ultimately make the decision easier than expected if he continues to deal like he has so far this spring.