Well we have about a week down in Spring Training and while it is still early we still have some interesting numbers to look at on a number of different levels.
- Luis Durango is giving Jose Constanza a run for his money for the back up centerfielder/pinch runner job. He leads the team in walks (5) and OBP (.692) with more than one at bat. He has always had pretty good walk rates so while it is only one week it is not out of character for him. If he keeps this kind of production up throughout the Spring it will be hard to see Jose taking up a bench spot.
- Drew Sutton has also impressed early in the spring with a slash of .364/.500/.545 with 4 hits in 11 at bats including a triple. He has also walked three times while only striking out twice. So far so good for the next Ben Zobrist.
- I haven’t seen Jason Heyward actually swing the bat yet this season but here are some encouraging numbers: 3 ground outs compared to 5 fly outs. Are we getting a glimpse at Heyward’s intent to put more balls in the air? I hope so.
- Dan Uggla doesn’t really feel like waiting until the All-Star break to get hot this year. With just 13 at bats Uggla has 2 doubles and a homer, good for an .692 slugging percentage. He has also taken 4 walks compared to 3 strikeouts.
- Andrelton Simmons has outperformed Tyler Pastornicky thus far with a .3oo/.364/.500 line compared to Pasto’s .91/.130/.91 line. Simmons has one walk and one strike out while Tyler has 1 walk and three strikeouts.
- Brandon Hicks could be done with Atlanta if he doesn’t get it right this time and he hasn’t started out well. In nine at bats he has struck out 6 times, good to lead the team in K’s so far.
These were just the notable stats that popped out to me, I am sure there are some other interesting ones there as well. Here’s to a few more wins in the coming Spring Training games.
*Sorry for the delay this was supposed to be up Saturday morning. I’m not sure if it was a site problem or an error in my scheduling. I updated the stats to be accurate as well.