A breakout in spring training is different from a breakout in the regular season. Except when it's not. Sometimes, in fact, a player's promising performance during the games that don't count can be a real—wait for it—spring awakening that's indicative of what's to come in the games that do.
That's not to say that every spring success story will carry over into the summer—or that each one is cut from the same cloth. The ones fantasy owners should be paying attention to involve players who are in the nascent stages of their careers or who haven't fully figured themselves outs in the majors just yet.
For instance, rookies and players entering their first or second full seasons certainly are in play for this. So, too, are hitters and pitchers whose career paths already are a few years in but remain in that either/or pile at the moment, as in: Either something is going to click soon...or it'll be time to cut bait shortly thereafter.
For these types, a monster month of March matters, or at least it can.
This fantasy column will highlight a batch of spring breakout-ers who may have put themselves in position to continue their strong showings once the season starts. In other words, while they may not have started as such at the beginning of camp, they're now fantasy relevant in 10-team leagues on Opening Day.
To that end, despite impressive numbers, the likes of Jesse Chavez (2.74 ERA, 1.13 ERA in 23.0 IP), Jordan Danks (.333 BA, 5 HR, 10 RBI) and Juan Perez (.311 BA, 14 R, 4 SB), well, they just ain't crackin' that criteria. No offense.
Here are 10 breakout stars of this spring who could continue on into the upcoming fantasy season, listed in order of lowest to highest average draft position (ADP) from Fantasy Pros, which collects and averages those figures from several major fantasy baseball host sites.