3 San Diego Padres players who are proving their spring training stats were a fluke

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San Diego Padres first baseman Jake Cronenworth
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2) Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth proved his hot spring was a fluke

If Trent Grisham wasn't the Padres best hitter this spring, then Jake Cronenworth was. Cronenworth slashed .396/.453/.688 with two home runs and seven RBI in his 18 games played. He led the team in hits and doubles while walking (five walks) nearly as many times as he struck out (six strikeouts) in 48 at-bats.

Obviously nobody expected Cronenworth to hit .400, but he was among the top 10 in all of baseball in hits this spring, and as a two-time All-Star, you hoped he'd maybe have a career year. It's been anything but for the Padres infielder.

Cronenworth is slashing .211/.313/.360 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in his 73 games. Cronenworth had six doubles in 48 at-bats this spring and has just 10 in 261 at-bats in the regular season. It's been that kind of year for him.

Cronenworth's .673 OPS is a career low by far, and he's shown no real signs of breaking out of this funk, recording just three hits in his last 19 at-bats.

Cronenworth went from an All-Star in back-to-back seasons to a guy who has an OPS+ of 90. His .673 OPS is two points better than Grisham. It hasn't been pretty.