Five spring training performances that have impressed us so far
With Spring Training in full swing, here are five early spring training performances that have been nothing short of impressive.
Matt Kemp, Dodgers
When the Dodgers re-acquired Kemp in a trade this offseason, many thought that it would be a salary dump and that the Dodgers would either trade him or release him.
Well they didn’t and Dodgers fans have to like what they see from Kemp early on. With a .313 batting average and slugging three dingers in 16 AB’s, Kemp might have the Dodgers left-field job on lock.
Ronald Acuna, Braves
Rated as the number two prospect overall on MLB.com, Acuna is going to be the leader of an Atlanta Braves rebirth. But it’s one thing for various scouts across the league to say that he’ll be great, it’s another thing to show players, coaches, management and fans that you will be great and Acuna has done just that. With a BA of .435, one home run and two stolen bases, Acuna has shown that he’ll lead the charge and bring the Braves back to the promise land.
Miguel Andujar, Yankees
What was a question heading into this season now seems to have an answer. 3B Miguel Andujar is putting up video game numbers early on in Spring Training, batting .421 with 4 homers in 19 Abs. When the Yankees acquired Brandon Drury from Arizona, it seemed that he would be the starter while Andujar would get some reps in down at Triple-A but now, Andujar is making a strong case as to why he needs to be the starter at the hot corner.
Matt Harvey, Mets
Which Matt Harvey will the Mets see this year? Will they see the injury prone, struggling Matt Harvey from last season or will they see the lights out, total domination Matt Harvey from their N.L. Pennant winning season?
Well early on, the Mets are seeing domination from Harvey. In two starts, he has posted 5 IP, 1 ER and 3 stirkeouts. Pretty solid for someone who is looking for a bounce back year.
Jason Kipnis, Indians
If there was an MVP award given out in Spring Training, Jason Kipnis would be the frontrunner. In 14 AB’s Kipnis is batting an outstanding .571 while slugging 5 homers. If Kipnis can go a full season without injury, Cleveland might make it back to the World Series and maybe win it this time.