The first installment of Stock Rising or Falling for the 2009 season:
Mike Fontenot, Cubs: Fontenot came into Spring Training knowing that he would be competing for the starting job at second against Aaron Miles. Fontenot is hitting .363 (12-33) with 2 HR and six extra base hits so far this Spring, and is playing well at second base.
Brett Anderson, Athletics: Anderson, 21, is off to a good start this Spring and may be on the fast track to joining the Athletics rotation. In 5.2 innings this Spring, Anderson has given up five hits and two earned runs. I think the talk is a little premature, considering his command is still a little shaky, but this guy definitely has a future in the Athletics rotation.
Netherlands National Team: They defeated the heavily favored Dominican National Team and have become the WBC underdog overnight.
Joe Mauer, Twins: Mauer has been complaining of a sore back, which may put his contract talks on hold. He hasn't played in a Spring Training game yet, and doesn't have a timetable to return either.
J.R. Towles, Astros: Once a highly touted Astros prospect, Towles is being faced with another demotion if he cannot find his swing at the plate. The Astros have considered signing Pudge Rodriguez, but nothing is serious just yet. He is just 1-for-12 this Spring.
Ervin Santana, Angels: Santana has been shut down and may miss Opening Day dealing with his elbow. Santana pitched 219 innings last season, plus 5.1 from the playoffs, as well as 16 innings in the Winter Leagues.
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