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How fitting is Burns for a guy who may be fastest in the league?
A couple of guys are doing well, but they just miss the list because it's hard to consider them a breakout star. This may be because of their current standing on the team (they're already a star) or because, while the performance is good, it's not quite great like the rest of the men on the list.
These are listed in alphabetical order, not by performance ranking.
The speedy outfielder, acquired via the Washington Nationals, doesn't make the actual list because he's hitting only .237.
However, he's turning heads for other reasons.
So far, Billy Burns has seven stolen bases, six more than any of his teammates, and second to Dee Gordon's eight for all MLB teams. He may not have any power, but his speed certainly is gaining him national recognition.
In eight games and 22 at-bats, Brandon Moss is hitting .409, which is great. Then again, this is spring training and he is Brandon Moss. This kind of production is somewhat expected.
But while Moss definitely makes the 25-man roster, his role is uncertain. Fans have come to know Moss as a platoon first baseman who thrives against right-handed pitching and recedes against southpaws. A strong spring that includes a breakout against lefties will help Moss prove himself as an everyday starter.
Utility infielder Nick Punto doesn't quite make the list because he's not necessarily dazzling anyone. That's not to take anything away from what he has done.
Duking it out with incumbent second baseman Eric Sogard, Punto is outhitting the Face of MLB runner-up, .346 to .154. Of Punto's nine hits, which have plated three runs, two have been doubles. He also has walked four times and stolen a base. If he keeps this up, filling second base may be a no-brainer.
A batting average of .280 is solid already. For a veteran in spring training, it's not all that surprising. But for the Athletics' No. 1 prospect, 20-year-old Addison Russell, it's pretty darned good. He got off to a slow start, so his 7-for-25 clip could be a lot better, but he's coming around and that shows an ability to adjust.
Russell has hit two doubles, a triple, knocked in three and has stolen one base. He's also struck out five times.
The team high for innings pitched so far is 9.1. Evan Scribner has pitched in 5.1 innings so far. In that time, he's allowed three hits and zero runs. Furthermore, he's struck out five and walked just one. Essentially, he's pitching one inning here and there, striking out at least one batter he faces. There's certainly nothing wrong with that.
If he did just an itty-bit more, he'd make the list for sure.