The TBC Newsletter
will keep you periodically up-to-date on what is happening at The Baseball Cube.
The Major League Baseball Exhbition season starts in February with the famous phrase of "Pitcher and Catchers report". Though once a time and place for players to get in shape, teams now use Spring Training to evaluate players and determine their role in the organization, if any, for the upcoming season. Games start in early March and can sometimes extend into early April. The overall label used for this time of year is Spring Training but is actually 2 leagues, divided geographically. The Grapefruit League takes place in Florida and the Cactus League, in Arizona.
Though experts claim the stats are meaningless as a whole, historically, it could be fun to search through the data to help understand organizational moves. Why are they considered meaningless? Because the quality of opposition is extremely variable, as is the intentions put forward by the player. We don't know if they are "Working on things" or "experimenting". Over the course of a career, maybe there can be some use to the numbers but otherwise, they should be looked as a passing interest, as if you drove by them on your commute to work.
As far as content, TBC has full batting and pitching stats since 2006 for MLB Spring Training. Team win-loss records are derived from Wins-Losses in the pitching stats and won't always add up to the actual number of games played since ties occur regularly. The stats will appear under the Other Statistics section since it is considered an off-season league.