Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Competition Update after Tuesday's Game

Infield Competition
Dozier did the most to help himself  Tuesday, going 1-2 with a walk in 3 at bats.  Florimon was 0-3. Sobolewski went 0-2 with a strikeout. Rosario added to the excitement about his future by going 2-2 with a 2 run homer.

Outfield Competition
Hicks was in center, Masttroianni in left and Benson in right to start the game. Hicks went 2-4 with a double. Benson went 1-4 with a home run, a walk and 3 strike outs. Mastroianni went 1-4, but he got caught for the third out trying to steal third with Morneau at the plate. Thomas went 0-1 and Dinkelman drew a walk in one plate appearance as backups

Pop off the Bench
Colabello went 0-3 as the DH and, as mentioned above, Sobolewksi went 0-2. Clement went 0-1 after replacing Morneau at first.

Pelfrey struggled with volocity in the 80's. He said that has not been unusual for him at the start of spring training.

Wood pitched two innings and gave up 2 hits and a walk. He got out of his second inning on a double play. Robertson gave up 2 hits including a solo home run. Pressly, who finished off the second inning for Pelfry and then pitched the third, remained perfect. Roenicke, Tonkin and Perdomo all pitched on perfect inning

Hicks got his first hits of the spring, so that was as step forward. Benson showed his all or nothing character with a home run, walk and three strikeouts. I'm not sure that really helped him, although it helped win the game. Mastroianni's base running faux pas probably doesn't matter unless it becomes a pattern. 

The infield was mostly a non-event. Doziers hit and walk was a plus, Florimon's 0-3 was a negative.

Pressly is doing what he needs to do early as a rule 5 guy.  He has the coaches attention.  Robertson had another rough outing. Roenicke had a good outing after struggling his first time out.  Wood went a couple innings and got himself out of a jam. Perdomo pitched well, got a strikeout and didn't walk anyone. If he stays away from walks a few more times, he will move up the ladder for consideration.  Tonkin did well in his first spring training appearance. He's a hard thrower, but likely to start the year at AA or AAA.

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