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2013 Spring Training General Discussion

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I don't think a thread like this exists, but it'd be cool to have a thread where people can come while watching games to talk about what they're seeing and make observations or ask questions without clogging up player threads.

Anyone watching Nats/Mets? Wheeler looks really good and Harper just made a crazy juggling catch...

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evan mattis with the first of many spring HR's (after a very successful winter ball stint) - he's been the talk of camp so far

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evan mattis with the first of many spring HR's (after a very successful winter ball stint) - he's been the talk of camp so far

I don't see Mattis making any impact at the MLB level other than pinch hitting or a major injury. Already 26 years old and doesn't yet have a single AB at AAA ... meh

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Does anyone know if David Price was hit by a line drive today? Saw something on Twitter but only one person had a vague description of what happened? Any confirmation?

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evan mattis with the first of many spring HR's (after a very successful winter ball stint) - he's been the talk of camp so far

I don't see Mattis making any impact at the MLB level other than pinch hitting or a major injury. Already 26 years old and doesn't yet have a single AB at AAA ... meh

There was talk prior to the Upton trade that he could win the LF job in Spring, that perhaps Prado would move to 3B. But after Upton trade, their OF seems set for a good while.

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Think you guys are talking about "Gattis" not Mattis. I'm intrigued by the guy for sure, all I hear is good things. He's going to be one of those guys that needs to be swooped up if Freeman, Upton, or Heyward get hurt.

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Man, the Nats are stacked. Rendon and Skole will both be very good MLB hitters.

If only they had a better catcher. I like Ramos, but they seem set to play Suzuki a good amount.

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Trayvon Robinson with a homer to win it for the O's. He was always a decent prospect that just never got a chance. I'd have my eye on him in case of an injury if he makes it. With the O's not having an everyday DH, I wouldn't be surprised to see them carry 5 OFer's and then use Reimold at DH often, meaning there is a spot for Robinson.

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evan mattis with the first of many spring HR's (after a very successful winter ball stint) - he's been the talk of camp so far

I don't see Mattis making any impact at the MLB level other than pinch hitting or a major injury. Already 26 years old and doesn't yet have a single AB at AAA ... meh

First of all - How can you make any sort of judgement of a player who you can't identify by his correct name? :P

Second - Gattis has had a very unusual road to this point in his professional career. Personally, I see Gattis playing the back-up role this year, but he has a chance at a more permanent position in 2014.

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apologies guys, of course i meant gattis, not mattis

as kslackey alluded to, gattis' story is very unusual. the only reason he hasn't seen AAA ball yet as a 26 year old is because he walked away from the game for 5 years after high school. his story is too winding to get in to here but if you want the details link is below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evan_Gattis

the guy has tremendous raw power (as his minor league numbers speak to - .546 SLG) and finally seems to have his head on right. does he need a break to see significant playing time in '13? likely, but if he gets that break don't be shocked if he really runs with it. gattis could very well break with the big club as he's a catcher by trade and mccann is likely to start the year on the DL, and he could make it difficult for them to send him down.

and before anyone writes off a guy for simply not playing AAA by the age of 26, i'd just remind them that another guy who screwed up his life pretty bad and was written off by pretty much everyone in baseball didn't crack AAA until he was 26 either - and Josh Hamilton seems to have had a pretty good career despite that fact

The Braves certainly aren't giving Gattis any special treatment. If anything, he's got to be even more impressive than those he's battling for a job, most of whom have played in the big leagues and have more gravitas with Gonzalez and the coaching staff.

"His story is nice. But that story isn't going to get him to the big leagues," the manager says. "Fifteen years from now, when he's an established major leaguer, that will be a nice book. But what's impressive about him now are his numbers."

http://www.usnews.com/news/sports/articles/2013/02/22/evan-gattis-wanders-his-way-back-to-baseball

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evan mattis with the first of many spring HR's (after a very successful winter ball stint) - he's been the talk of camp so far

I don't see Mattis making any impact at the MLB level other than pinch hitting or a major injury. Already 26 years old and doesn't yet have a single AB at AAA ... meh

First of all - How can you make any sort of judgement of a player who you can't identify by his correct name? :P

Second - Gattis has had a very unusual road to this point in his professional career. Personally, I see Gattis playing the back-up role this year, but he has a chance at a more permanent position in 2014.

So he's not a lineman for the Eagles.

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Beltran gets yanked with a bruised foot and Oscar then hits a grand salami....signs of things to come?

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Ryan Howard is hitting lasers all over the place this spring.

Hitting lefties as well

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Beltran gets yanked with a bruised foot and Oscar then hits a grand salami....signs of things to come?

Just to clarify, Taveras started in center. Beltran finished out the inning and was lifted in the 2nd for precautionary reasons so the two aren't mutually exclusive.

With that said, Taveras will either be manning CF or RF next year.

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ordered MLB Premium TV so I can watch it at work on my iphone ;) or listen if it's not playing

it's soooooooo nice to have baseball in February

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Beltran gets yanked with a bruised foot and Oscar then hits a grand salami....signs of things to come?

I have such a weird vibe about the Cards this year.

Craig and Yadi were $$$ for most down the stretch, but their current ADPs both scare the poop out of me

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I know Tavares started but with Beltran's balky knees I think you will see Tavares get a significant look this season.

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A few years ago, Jake Fox was the Spring Training leader in homeruns.

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A few years ago, Jake Fox was the Spring Training leader in homeruns.

That same year Morse was also one HR behind him, and he had his breakout year.

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Spring Training stats are meaningless. The top 5 for ERA last year were Luis Mendoza, Josh Beckett, CJ Wilson, Wade LeBlanc, and Jeanmar Gomez. Not to mention that Matt Hague was tied for the homer lead and Munenori Kawasaki and Andy Dirks finished 1-2 in average.

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Spring Training stats are meaningless. The top 5 for ERA last year were Luis Mendoza, Josh Beckett, CJ Wilson, Wade LeBlanc, and Jeanmar Gomez. Not to mention that Matt Hague was tied for the homer lead and Munenori Kawasaki and Andy Dirks finished 1-2 in average.

I think they are meaningless, but I don't think you can just write off a positive spring performance. Sometimes they actually might foreshadow something for the season like morse other times it's just another example of jake fox/ delmon young (last year) just teasing us

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