Hitters to watch in spring training

Updated: February 11, 2011, 5:32 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I can't wait for spring training. I know, I know, it gets boring in the beginning watching grown men simply play catch, but hey, at least they're on the field again. But I'd rather have that kind of catching over catching a cold jogging in the snow and sub-freezing temperatures. In a matter of days, pitchers and catchers will report, followed soon after by the hitters and, of course, fans. Heck, I'll be there for a few games as well.

From a fantasy baseball aspect, there's a lot we can learn from spring training. It's generally not about the numbers, but rather how a player looks, how healthy he appears, what the manager says about him, and opportunity plays a large role. Philadelphia Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. could hit .450 this spring and still end up in the minor leagues. Happens all the time. Then again, he could also earn a starting job in right field.