Looking at the Red Sox top spring training performers
March 22, 2019
Whether or not they matter all that much is a debate. Some people say no, others say, "eh, kind of, but not all that much".
That's right! We're talking about good old fashioned spring training stats. Namely, the stats of position players because pitchers basically use the spring to get their arms stretched back out. They're not at their peak velocity. They're trying new things with their pitches. It's not MLB caliber pitching, if we are being completely and totally honest.
But yeah, we should at least point out some hitters who have done well this spring. Check it out:
Rafael Devers -- Does this mean the third baseman is going to have a breakout year? Not necessarily, but he is feeling pretty good at the plate this spring. He is hitting .395 with five extra base hits in 16 games, although he has only drawn one walk and struck out 10 times. Whatever.
Michael Chavis -- He's down with the minor league guys now, but he cranked four home runs in 22 at-bats. I don't care what level the pitching was there, that shows he has some power in his bat. Interested to see what he can do in Pawtucket this season.
Tzu-Wei Lin -- The infielder is 9-for-25 in 10 spring games with a home run, four doubles and two walks. Have to imagine he's going to be a valuable depth piece once again this season.
Blake Swihart -- So far, he is 10-for-27 with three doubles. Some are using that as logic to not trade him but come on, it's still spring training. There is talk of dealing Sandy Leon because of Swihart's success in that small sample. I don't know, it's nuts.
Jackie Bradley Jr. -- His spring OPS is .902 in 15 games, so he deserves credit for doing well as well.
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