KEEPERS: Spring training performers

We hear every March that spring training numbers don't matter. And while this might be true for the majority players, there are always a handful of skilled, growth-age players for whom the numbers look like a performance uptick or breakthrough, the latest step in a turnaround, or exactly what the doctor ordered to win a job. These aren't your run-of-the-mill proven commodities, but names who many scouts and observers have loved, often with talent and skills sets that for whatever reason haven't yet broken through at the MLB level.

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