Abreu had been slow to get going this spring, entering the game just 2 for 13 at the plate. He's now hitting .294/.333/.529 with one home run and six RBI in 17 at-bats.Analysis:
"I really couldn’t be happier with how I feel right now," he said. "I’ve swung at good pitches, I’m taking good swings, my BP’s have been solid. Nothing has happened that I’ve said, let’s re-assess something. It’s boring, but it’s good. It is. It’s very good."Analysis:
"I said this winter that Smoak is my first baseman," manager Lloyd McClendon said Monday. "Will other guys play first? Yeah. But Smoak is my first baseman."
Smoak entered play Monday 6 for 19 at the plate with one home run, three RBI and five walks, giving him a .318/.458/.579 line through eight Cactus League games.Analysis:
Cabrera opened the scoring with a two-run homer off Shelby Miller in the third inning. He then added another two-run homer off Keith Butler in the fourth inning. It was his first home runs of the spring.
Cabrera is batting .474 (9 for 19) with one double and five RBI in eight spring games.Analysis:
Davis also totaled three RBI and scored three times. Davis had a two-run homer in the first inning and an RBI double in the fourth.
Davis has hit safely in his first five spring games, batting .533 (8 for 15) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI.Analysis:
"I think he's taking quality at-bats," Porter said, per MLB.com. "The one thing in which Jon and I talked about and [hitting coach John Mallee] is going to get with him today -- he doesn't have to over-swing. You're talking about a guy with tremendous power and he has power to all fields. When you [try] to hit the 500-foot home run instead of hitting the ball hard, sometimes you can miss pitches that you probably could hit.
"Overall, I think his at-bats have been good. I think he's over-swinging right now, trying to make something happen."Analysis:
Amador stayed in Mexico to deal with a family emergency, which led to him reporting to camp late. Amador was expected to compete for a starting spot with the club, but his absence early in camp may have hurt his chances.Analysis: