Analytics say Corey Seager was one of the hitters most hurt by pitching changes last season.
Now that the defensive tackle has been restricted, the Texas Rangers slugger is having a great spring training.
The 28-year-old had eight hits in his first 18 spring training at-bats, including three homers and eight RBIs. Teams switched Seager in roughly 93 percent of his plate appearances last season, and he finished with a career-low .243 batting average.
Seager signed a 10-year, $325 million contract in December 2021, but his first year with the Rangers was disappointing. He finished with a career-high 33 home runs, but Texas lost 94 games despite adding Seager and Marcus Semien.
Here are some other players who have a good spring training:
Gerrit Cole, Yankees, RHP: The five-time All-Star looks poised for another big season, pitching 6 1/3 scoreless innings over his first two starts. He has struck out 11, walked none and allowed just three hits. The 32-year-old was 13-8 with a 3.50 ERA while leading the major leagues with 257 strikeouts.
Jordan Walker, Cardinals, OF: The 20-year-old prospect is making a push to make the team’s opening day roster after 12 hits in his first 28 at-bats. He also has three home runs, three doubles and a stolen base. Walker’s still-growing 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame has some comparing him to a young Aaron Judge. He hit .306 with 19 homers last season in Double-A.
Max Fried, Braves, LHP: The 29-year-old has thrown five scoreless innings and struck out nine in two starts. He has been a mainstay in the team’s rotation over the past four seasons with a 52-20 record.
Trey Mancini, Cubs, 1B: The 30-year-old has made a good first impression with the Cubs, with nine hits in his first 16 at-bats of the spring. Mancini was one of Baltimore’s best players for several seasons before being traded to the Astros last year and helping Houston win a World Series title. He signed a two-year, $14 million contract in the offseason.
Julio Urías, Dodgers, LHP: Still only 26, has given up just one run in 6 2/3 innings in two starts. He led the National League with a 2.16 ERA last season and finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.
Matt Olson, Braves, 1B: The slugger is in midseason form with eight hits in his first 15 at-bats, including three homers. Olson had the unenviable task of taking over first base after franchise icon Freddie Freeman left for the Dodgers in free agency, but he responded with a solid season in 2022, finishing with 34 homers and 103 RBI.
Alec Bohm, Phillies, 3B: The 26-year-old has shown some power with three homers in his first 21 at-bats. He’s hit just 24 homers in his first 1,126 big league at-bats, but at 6-foot-5 and 218 pounds, it’s fair to expect more homers as he gets older.
Report from The Associated Press.
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