Spring training for many veterans in Major League Baseball is just a long, drawn-out affair. It's even more pronounced this year with the World Baseball Classic extending spring training by two weeks.
Hot starts in spring training can be attributed to many factors, such as prospects making a concerted effort to impress their bosses and fringe players doing everything they can to lock down a roster spot.
For hitters, they might have an edge in early exhibition games as pitchers work on specific areas of their game and not worry about results. For pitchers, some are bearing down hard early on just to gain an early edge in competition.
Here are eight players who have gotten off to hot starts in spring training that will likely not translate into regular-season play.