A weekly have a look at among the standout gamers throughout spring coaching (via Wednesday):
Jay Bruce, Seattle Mariners, OF
The slugger, traded from the Mets, is hitting .433 with 4 doubles and two homers in 30 at-bats. He hit .223 with 9 homers final yr.
Ronald Acuna, Atlanta Braves, OF
The NL Rookie of Yr seems like he’ll turn into one of many sport’s prime gamers. He’s batting .429 with three homers, two doubles and two stolen bases in 28 at-bats.
Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals, RHP
The 30-year-old is 1.69 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 10 2/three innings. An important concern for the three-time All-Star is staying wholesome. He’s 51-22 prior to now 4 seasons, spending time on the disabled record yearly.
Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays, RHP
The suitable-hander was chosen as Toronto’s opening-day starter after hanging out 13 over 12 1/three innings with a 2.19 ERA. The 28-year-old is attempting to bounce again from a tough 2018 by which he bought damage and was 4-9 with a 5.54 ERA in 19 begins. He topped 200 innings in each 2016 and 2017.
Hunter Pence, Texas Rangers, OF
The 35-year-old struggled for the San Francisco Giants final yr and signed a minor league take care of Texas in February. He’s hitting .400 with 4 doubles, three homers and 4 stolen bases in 11 video games.
Greg Fowl, New York Yankees, 1B
The Fowl vs. Luke Voit place battle at first base has been one of many massive tales for the New York Yankees in spring coaching. The 26-year-old Fowl, who starred at Grandview Excessive College in Aurora, is attempting to win the job after struggling via three injury-filled years. He’s hitting .357 with three doubles and a homer in 28 at-bats.
Chris Paddack, San Diego Padres, RHP
The 23-year-old has 20 strikeouts in 12 2/three innings. The Padres don’t have a whole lot of established beginning pitching and Paddack, an eighth-round decide by the Miami Marlins within the 2015 newbie draft, might be an possibility. He has not pitched above Double-A.