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April 09, 2012
Spring training stats are notoriously illusory. Here are three players, though, who had hot springs this year—and should keep it up
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April 09, 2012

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Spring training stats are notoriously illusory. Here are three players, though, who had hot springs this year—and should keep it up

FRANCISCO LIRIANO

SP, Twins

Liriano's 2011 spring augured things to come: He had a 4.82 ERA and then a brutal regular season. This spring he had a 2.45 ERA over 22 innings.

CHRIS SALE

SP, White Sox

The lefthanded ex-reliever, 23, improved as he learned to manage games like a starter. A sparkling 22--2 strikeout-to-walk ratio suggests he'll be an ace.

ERIC HOSMER

1B, Royals

Hosmer, 22, hit .408 with 29 RBIs through Sunday, and that's no fluke. "He's got superstar written all over him," says a scout. "A very advanced hitter."

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