Spring Training records don't matter one bit when it comes to what a team is going to look like come the regular season, but the eye test can tell you something. Player performances in Spring Training can help guide the outlook on what's to come in the regular season, and even small steps of encouragement can help get the narrative going in the opposite direction.
After strange backslides in 2019, these five guys looked primed to have comeback campaigns in 2020, and the work they'd done in the spring only emphasized that further. Alas, we now have no idea what's in the cards for them, as the season remains indefinitely delayed.
5. Edwin Diaz
The New York Mets were expecting big returns from Edwin Diaz after trading top prospect Jarred Kelenic for him. Instead, they got a 5.58 ERA and seven blown saves from their new closer. After finishing three games out of a Wild Card spot, that one hurts. Diaz even set the MLB record for most ninth inning home runs given up in a single season. That being said, 2019 was Diaz's only bad year in the bigs. Prior, he hadn't finished with an ERA over 3.27, and in 2018, he led the MLB in saves with 57 and finished eighth in Cy Young Award voting. He didn't have great stats to boast in Spring Training, but he only pitched three innings and was hardly warmed up for the season. 2020 could have been his return to form, but now we'll have to wait to see. The time off surely won't help his case.