Ten spring sensations
Updated: April 3, 2010, 10:54 AM ETBy Buster Olney
Ten players who had great spring trainings, in no particular order: 1. Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds: He was told Friday that he has made the Reds' season-opening rotation, and he will be the first player since Darren Dreifort in 1994 to pitch in the majors without touching the minor leagues. 2. Kyle Blanks, San Diego Padres: "He has basically shown everybody that he is going to be a good player in the big leagues," a rival GM said. Blanks improved his physical condition and is moving better, and has come in and hammered the ball -- 12 extra-base hits, with an OPS of more than 1.200. 3. C.J. Wilson, Texas Rangers: He pitched himself into a starting job with the team by not letting anybody get on base -- only 22 hits and walks combined over his 25 innings. He has never thrown more than 73.2 innings in any given season, so there will be questions lingering about whether he can do this over a full season. But a year ago, did anybody have Scott Feldman pegged as a Cy Young candidate?
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