Spring Training Recap 2022: March 30

Reviewing Wednesday's news and notes.

With April just around the corner, let’s look at what happened this past Wednesday.

 

News

 

 

Top Hitting Performances

 

Paul Goldschmidt (1B, St. Louis Cardinals): 4-for-4, HR, 1 RBI, 3 R

Interestingly, Paul Goldschmidt has been using a new bat this spring. As far as this game goes, yikes. Aníbal Sánchez took it on the chin and allowed 10 earned runs on 12 hits through four innings. Not to be outdone, the Nationals’ pen allowed 15 runs in the eighth. Goldy’s spring OPS sits at 1.644. I think he is ready. Paul DeJong finished the afternoon 3-for-3 with five RBI.

 

Seiya Suzuki (OF, Chicago Cubs): 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Yesterday was an exciting moment for Cubs fans as Seiya Suzuki recorded his first hit of the spring, which just so happened to leave the yard. The two-run shot came in the fourth with two outs against Mariners southpaw Marco Gonzales

 

Adam Duvall (OF, Atlanta Braves): 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 1 R

Duvall cracked two doubles and hit seventh yesterday for Atlanta in a lineup that did not feature Ronald Acuña Jr. or Marcell Ozuna. After leading the NL in RBI last season, it will be interesting to see where Duvall slots in their lineup regularly.

 

Jorge Mateo (SS, Baltimore Orioles): 2-for-3, HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

The 26-year-old former New York Yankee prospect, Jorge Mateohit a home run from the eighth spot in the order. He should earn plenty of playing time as he can play multiple positions and is an interesting potential source of steals late in drafts. He went 10-for-13 in stolen base attempts last year across 89 games with the Padres and Orioles.

 

Byron Buxton (OF, Minnesota Twins): 2-for-4, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 R

Buxton’s grand slam came in the fourth off Pirates lefty, Dillon PetersThe Twins’ prodigiously talented leadoff man has been hitting well this spring with a .333 average and 1.093 OPS.

 

 

Top Pitching Performances

 

Dylan Cease (SP, Chicago White Sox): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 K, 1 BB

After last year’s breakout that saw his K-BB% climb from 3.9% to 22.3%, Cease has been sharp so far this and has allowed just one run through his first two outings. After the outing, he said he feels ready for the season. And after seeing him do this to Adolis García, it’s hard to argue.

 

 Tarik Skubal (SP, Detroit Tigers): 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 K , 1 BB

Tarik Skubal threw 66 pitches in his third appearance and had the slider working as it generated seven whiffs on 18 pitches (61% CSW). Among the highlights were two strikeouts of Bryce Harper

 

Carlos Carrasco (SP, New York Mets): 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K, 1 BB

After undergoing surgery this past offseason to remove a bone fragment in his pitching elbow, Carlos Carrasco made his Grapefruit League debut and allowed a pair of home runs, one to Michael Brantley and the other to Yordan ÁlvarezNeeding 46 pitches to get through four innings, his fastball averaged 93.2 while his slider registered a 42% CSW on 12 total pitches. He’s set to make his first regular-season start on April 10th against the Washington Nationals.

 

Zac Gallen (SP, Arizona Diamondbacks): 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB

A quick, and painless outing for Zac Gallen as he recorded eight outs on 36 pitches. His four-seamer averaged 94.4 and he didn’t register any whiffs on his secondary pitches.

 

Julio Urías (SP, Los Angeles Dodgers): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 K, 0 BB

The Dodgers lefty, who showed up to camp noticeably leaner, was efficient in his outing against the Guardians and looks ready to build on last year’s career-high 185.2 IP.

 

Tanner Houck (SP, Boston Red Sox): 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB

Tanner Houck was a little wild in his outing against Atlanta as he uncorked a wild pitch while also plunking two batters, but he got through four innings and allowed only one run. After impressing last year with a 3.52 ERA and 1.13 WHIP across 69 IP, he’ll be in the Red Sox rotation to start the season.

 

What to Watch for Today

 

Graphic by Michael Packard (@artbyMikeP on Twitter & IG)

Ryan Amore

Writer for PL, artist, DFS enthusiast, and occasional Yankee fan. Once won a GPP with Henderson Alvarez. A proprietor of the Ketel Marte Fan Club. Appreciates walks but only of the base on ball variety.

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