Spring watch list: Players to track 

March, 2, 2012
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Spring training is a time for warm weather and a relaxed atmosphere for baseball players and fans. While I'll certainly be watching some of the games, in person and on television, I, and my fellow fantasy owners, must be careful to avoid overrating the statistics. Last spring training, then-Baltimore Orioles catcher Jake Fox led everyone with 10 home runs, and among the top 10 qualified pitchers in ERA were Nick Blackburn, Randy Wells and Zach Britton. Turned out those performances weren't exactly precursors of things to come for those guys.

While it's important to put in context what we see in spring training, there are players to watch to see how they perform or if they're even doing so because of injury. While some pitchers are simply working on new pitches they'll never use and hitters are similarly experimenting and aiming to avoid getting hurt, here is a player from each team I will be paying some degree of attention to over the next few weeks:

[+] EnlargeJason Heyward
Marc Serota/Getty ImagesJason Heyward hit just .227 in 2011.
Atlanta Braves: If outfielder Jason Heyward, foolishly believed to be at a career crossroads at only 22, is hitting one ground ball after another at the opposing second baseman (as he did last season), that's noteworthy. We need to see if his balky shoulder remains a problem. Lift the baseball like Jake Fox can, J-Hey!

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