Playing 'Reality or Mirage' with MLB's Top 15 Mid-Spring Training Phenoms

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Playing 'Reality or Mirage' with MLB's Top 15 Mid-Spring Training Phenoms
Steven Senne/Associated Press

There's no bigger tease in baseball than the spring training phenom.

These players' torrid performances draw us into a love affair with the numbers and turn us into hopeful optimists, waxing poetic about how "Player X" is going to break out and lead our favorite team to the Promised Land in October.

More often than not, those visions of grandeur never come to fruition, remaining nothing but a mirage that soon fades away.

But every once in a while, those visions become reality, and believers are repaid not only on the field, but with all the glory that comes with being able to say "I told you so" to those who had little faith.

Which of this spring's phenoms are the real deal?

Let's take a look.

 

 

*Spring training statistics courtesy of MLB.com.

*All other statistics courtesy of FanGraphs.com.

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