Mar 24, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielderJ.D. Martinez
(28) leads off of second base during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Yankees won 9-8. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Honorable Mention- OF J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers
The fact Martinez didn’t make this list despite hitting .339 with five home runs and 11 RBI should indicate to readers how hot some bats in this division really are at the moment.
Many owners are not expecting Martinez to repeat his stellar 2014 season, in which he hit .315/.358/.553 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI. Come on, he posted a .912 OPS, which was over 250 points higher than his OPS in 2013, so why wouldn’t owners assume his 2014 season was an outlier?
Through March, however, Martinez is proving he can keep hitting like last year. His OPS in 62 Spring Training at-bats is 1.076.