Although it is still early, Moncada is starting to look like he can be a impact player defensively as a second baseman. While the White Sox' star prospect appears to be MLB-ready in the field, the next step in his development will be translating his off-the-charts tools into a more refined approach at the plate.
He was able to walk off the field slowly, but otherwise the severity of the injury is not yet known. Although he was already a long shot to make the Cubs' deep roster, this certainly doesn't help Weeks. The team hasn't released anything on the injury, but more should be known after the game.
Valentin had been sidelined while he recovered from a separated shoulder that he suffered earlier this month while playing in the Caribbean Series. He is expected to open the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The shoulder inflammation is keeping Herrera from participating in the WBC, although that could end up helping his chances of earning a bigger role with the Reds in 2017. He hasn't been able to play the field yet, but the soon-to-be 23-year-old has DH'd twice in four games this spring for Cincinnati, which is reassuring. It still remains unclear when he'll return to the field, but the Reds seem to be playing it safe with Herrera. "I'm going to keep DHing him, and we're going to make sure that when he's throwing, he's throwing at 100 percent before I put him at second base," manager Bryan Price said.
Weeks started at first base, where he's expected to platoon with Logan Morrison this coming season, and hit out of the three-hole in the order. He unloaded off reliever Marcus Walden with one out in the third for his first round-tripper of spring while also turning in a clean defensive performance at his new position, two encouraging signs with respect to the team's expectations for the veteran offseason acquisition.
The utility man logged all his innings at shortstop during Colorado's split-squad game, although with Trevor Story locked in at that spot and stalwarts Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMehieu and Ian Desmond rounding off the infield, Amarista seems to just be staying sharp as he prepares for a reserve utility role. The 27-year-old has never hit higher than .257 during his big league career, but his ability to play infield and outfield along with his major league contract status should give him an inside track to one of the more prominent bench roles for the Rockies.
He'll be the Mets' starting second baseman in 2017, and perhaps beyond if stalled contracts talks with the team resume at some point. Walker posted a career-high .823 OPS in his first season with the team last year, but his 113 games played was his lowest since 2010, so staying healthy could result in some very impressive numbers for the 31-year-old.
Young, a top-20 prospect for the Cubs, batted .351 in 22 regular-season games, then hit .314 in the DWL playoffs. The 24-year-old middle infielder has been solid with the bat since being drafted in 2014 and he should begin the year at Triple-A, but the likes of Addison Russell and Javier Baez are blocking him at the MLB level.
This was Spangenberg's first game action since tearing his quad last April. The speedy second baseman looked like he didn't skip a beat, stealing a base and looking smooth on defense. He will be competing with Ryan Schimpf for the starting job at the keystone this spring. Both players couldn't be more different; Spangenberg provides better contact, speed and defense while the latter is a pure power option. The job will ultimately be decided based off their performance this spring and what skills the Padres want their starting second baseman to have.
If Rivera makes the Opening Day roster, it would be unlikely that he'd be used as a regular starter for the Mets. Rather, he'd likely serve as a utility man. Rivera has repeatedly proven that he can hit for average and add occasional power, but showing he can hold his own at first base would surely make him more valuable to the big club.