Adams has connected for one home run and has totaled five RBI in nine games. He has one run, five strikeouts and no walks.Analysis:
Olt has dealt with a sore shoulder this spring, but if he can get some time at third base soon without suffering a setback, that and a strong offensive performance could instill him as the starter at the hot corner once the season begins. He's 7 for 21 with three home runs and six RBI in seven games while serving as a designated hitter.Analysis:
Belt is 6 for 20 with two doubles and one walk in eight games this spring.Analysis:
"I haven't moved on the ankle in a while, so this is different," said Davis, who will continue to wear a protective boot. "There's not a lot of pain, though. Once again, it's just a little tight, I guess, but not painfully tight.
"It's not the same. I think it's more the fact I just haven't used my Achilles tendons in a while. You have to go get them stretched out again."Analysis:
"I'm not going to go up there looking for a walk, but I do think I can get back to walking more," Gonzalez said.
When Gonzalez was with the Padres, he was an OBP machine. He led the majors in 2009 with 119 walks and had a .374 on-base percentage in five seasons with the Padres. Though, the last two seasons his OBP has been .343, and Gonzalez said that had a lot to do with the lineup protection he had in Boston and Los Angeles and lacked in San Diego.
"I went to Boston and I came here and it's like, 'They have to come after me, look at who's behind me,'" he said. "That shifted my mentality and made me more aggressive."
Gonzalez is looking to alter his approach in 2014, and thus far he's happy with the results.
"I've done a decent job of it so far this spring," he said. "I've walked three or four times and a lot of at-bats have gone deep into counts. There have been at-bats where I got frustrated because I walk and I'll say, 'I want to hit now,' but then I'm like, 'Stay with it.'"Analysis:
Craig is now batting .368 (7 for 19) with three doubles and four RBI this spring. He has yet to hit a home run.Analysis:
"They did stuff inside today, some movement drills -- both (Duda) and Ike," Collins said. "We’re hoping that they do it again tomorrow. And then we’re hoping on Thursday maybe at least get them into minor-league camp and DH them."Analysis:
Entering Tuesday's spring game against the Braves, Howard has put the ball in play 13 times this spring. Nine times he hit to left or center field, per MLB.com. Only four times -- 30.8 percent -- has he pulled the baseball. Last year, according to Baseball-Reference.com, he pulled the baseball 40.3 percent of the time.
"I've never been a pull hitter. But my biggest problem was trying to pull the ball. Now I'm trying to work back to what my strength is," Howard said. "I'm trying to work the middle of the field. That's the goal. It's all about timing. It's all about rhythm."
It seems getting back to what Howard did best in the past could help him revive his career.
"He's much better when he uses the whole field," a longtime NL scout said. "When he came up, he was very good at going the other way. And it's really what made him into a top-flight player. Then he got very pull-happy. First, it makes him much easier to defend. And, secondly, it's affected his mindset. So he's getting back to his roots, basically. When he first came up, that's what he did a lot. He's getting back to that, which is good for him, and obviously good for the team."Analysis:
Morris went 2 for 16 in nine games this spring, while Rogers went 4 of 18 with three walks in nine games. Nelson surrendered two earned runs in three innings while striking out four in two appearances. Pena allowed two unearned runs in three hitless innings while striking out two and walking five.Analysis: