Dietrich was shut down in winter ball after suffering an ankle injury. He hit .228/.326/.386 with five home runs, 17 RBI and one stolen base in 158 at-bats with the Marlins last season. He'll compete for a reserve role but is blocked at second base after the team acquired Dee Gordon this offseason.Analysis:
"I'm very eager," said Gennett. "For me, I'm not eager about showing or proving [that I can hit lefties], but just for myself, being able to play and have fun every day and get in there every day and crack lefties. That's part of the game -- you don't want to [sit] out. It's back to what I'm used to, and I'm really looking forward to it."
He didn't face one left-handed starting pitcher last year. When batting against southpaw relievers in 2014, he went 4-for-39. Gennett is 10-for-78 against lefties.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said this about Gennett's struggles.
"For me, you can't hit lefties unless you can get hit by them," Gennett said, "which means, if there's a guy throwing 97 [mph] and slinging it in there, the only way I'm going to hit him is if I stand in there willing to stay in there and wear one in the neck or the shoulder or the ribs. That's what you have to do to hit lefties. So that's the one thing I worry about -- don't be a scaredy cat and get out of the way, and I'll be all right."
Gennett, 24, has a career batting average of .300 going into his third season with the Brewers.Analysis:
Guerrero is in a bit of a unique position. With Howie Kendrick entrenched at second, Guerrero doesn't really have a spot in the team's infield. Due to his contract, however, the team can't just send him to the minors. Guerrero can block the move, and has already said he plans to do so if the team tries to send him down. If he can play third well, that may not be a problem.
For what it's worth, manager Don Mattingly believes Guerrero has looked better this spring. "I really do think the second year [in camp] he looks a lot different as far as being relaxed," Mattingly said. "He's swinging the bat well and he keeps improving."
The 28-year-old hit .333/.371/.621 over three minor-league levels last season.Analysis:
"He smoked that ball," Gonzalez said. "I like his ability and that you can run him out there at shortstop and let him play that position. We'll play him back and forth on the diamond and see what happens."
Gonzalez knows he has the ability to step in and play very soon.
"You like his baseball abilities, his makeup and his character," Gonzalez said. "He's not just a throw-in [in the trade], he's a baseball player."Analysis:
Herrera is battling for a backup role in the Phillies' outfield, according to CSNPhilly.com.
"He stood out," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He was a sparkplug at the top of the order and did a great job with the stolen bases, getting into scoring position. He did a good job squaring up balls, hitting hard ground balls and line drives. And he was very fluid in center field."
Herrera did it all for the Phillies, also stealing three bases and Sandberg likes having that speed at his disposal.
"He did a good job getting jumps," Sandberg said. "That speed is big, especially in a close game."Analysis:
Callaspo signed with the Braves as a free agent in December was penciled in as the starter while top prospect Jose Peraza works his way through the minors. However, if Callaspo doesn't play his way into game shape over the next month, Peterson, along with Phil Gosselin could have a crack at the position.
Peterson was traded to the Braves from the Padres in a deal that involved Justin Upton in late December. Last week, manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed to reporters that the second base gig is "wide open."Analysis:
Utley did not participate in workouts on Monday due to a sore ankle. He's expected to miss a few spring games due to the injury, but the fact that he was able to put in work on Tuesday should be seen as an encouraging sign.
The 36-year-old hit .270/.339/.407 over 589 at-bats last season.Analysis:
"I need to work more on my swing and my approach defensively," Ynoa said. "I need to be good in all the positions in the infield. So if they need me up there, I’ll be able to do that. Because I know that will be my job."
Ynoa hit .343/.380/.463 in 67 at-bats during his 19 games with the Rockies last season. He then hit hit .293 in the Dominican winter league before shutting it down, per the team's request.Analysis:
After he was called up from the minors last July, Negron hit .271/.331/.479 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 49 appearances. If he's going to make a roster spot out of camp it will be in a bench role.
His defensive ability certainly helps his case as he can play second base, shortstop, third base and all three outfield spots. Negron doesn't have a preference either. He just wants to be on the baseball field.
"It doesn't matter one bit. Home sweet home is just on the field," Negron said, per MLB.com. "I'm still going to take advantage of every opportunity that I am given. It's the same exact mindset. Any opportunity to be on the field, any playing time, I'm going to try and take advantage of it and help the team any way I can. That's been my role my entire life. I look forward to it."Analysis:
"We were doing sprints early in the offseason and by February I was much, much faster," LeMahieu said. "We'll see how that translates, but I accomplished my goal."
Rockies manager Walt Weiss is expecting LeMahieu to improve offensively.
"He's a guy that's going to get better and better offensively," Weiss said. "I've talked about his feel for the game and that's going to play into his offense. You're going to see his on-base [.314 career] creep up. He's going to slug more than he has [.361 career] -- not homers, but there are doubles there."Analysis: