Locked in to Begin

This time of year, you can hear hitters talking about the amount of live at-bats it will take them to have their timing. Some players need more than others, but some need as many as 30-40 AB’s to get themselves “right.” This reminder provides a bit of perspective when discussing these hitters, and a clue as to the work that went in, even before pitchers and catchers reported. Yes, it is early. No, I’m not proclaiming an All-Star season for any one just yet. I am recognizing the fact that with so few spots available, the margin of error is slim, these men have taken the challenge to opposing pitchers, right off the bat.

Tyler Holt, OF

AB           R            H            2B            3B            RBI            BB         AVG
15             4             8              1              1                1                 3          .533

 

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Tyler Holt in 2016 with Reds Photo Courtesy of MLB.com

 

Tyler Holt is a man on fire at the plate in the early spring. Holt needs to be, he is in an uphill climb when it comes to an outfield spot with the big club, not to mention AAA.  While some hitters are just working out the kinks and shaking off the rust, Holt is already hitting, (AVG .533) and getting on base, (OBP .611) like a man on a mission. Originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians, Tyler Holt played most of last season on the Reds MLB roster. Tyler will be turning 28 tomorrow, March 10. Happy Birthday to Tyler and continued success this spring and beyond!

 

Justin Turner, 3B

AB           R            H            2B            3B            RBI            BB       AVG
10             3             4               0               0                3              4        .400

 

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Justin Turner batting at ST 2017 Photo by S. Douglas

 

Until the announcement that Justin Turner had resigned with the Dodgers, many had feared that the best 3B free agent on the market would no longer be in Dodger blue. Luckily for Dodger fans and the front office the Cal State Fullerton Alum stayed in L.A. Well, luck probably had nothing to do with it, or the fact that he has started off spring hitting .400 (4/10). Being locked in as a hitter and seeing the ball well can also mean, within the strike zone itself. Turner is credited with 10 official AB’s and he has received 4 walks. Justin is perhaps not fighting for a roster spot, or playing time like some on this list, but he is locked in early. That could translate into a long season for opposing pitching in 2017!

 

Rob Segedin, 1B

AB           R            H            2B            HR            RBI            BB      AVG
13             2             6               2               1                2              2       .462

 

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Rob Segedin at AAA OKC in 2016 Photo Courtesy of Tony Capobianco

 

There are a few scenarios that can play out this spring for Rob Segedin to make it on the MLB roster to begin the season. Most of that is out of Segedin’s control. Not out of his control, quality at-bats, which Rob is holding up his end of that deal. Among his early 6 hits include a HR and 2 doubles. Since he broke into professional baseball in 2010, Rob has compiled 59 HR’s with 299 RBI’s and has hit .280. Last season at (AAA) Oklahoma City, the right handed power hitter belted 21 HR’s with 69 RBI’s while hitting .319. He also had 2 HR’s and 12 RBI’s in 73 AB’s with Los Angeles in ’16.

 

 

Mike Ahmed, 1B/3B

AB           R            H            2B            3B            RBI            BB      AVG
 5             1             2               1               1                0                0      .400

 

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Mike Ahmed batting for Rancho in 2016 Photo Courtesy of Jerry Espinoza

 

Wanted to highlight Mike Ahmed and his efforts thus far in spring. It is a small sampling size, but considering he has played no higher than Class A Rancho Cucamonga, the numbers are impressive. The 25 year old infielder has certainly made the most of his limited opportunities in Glendale. The right handed hitting prospect really blossomed under the guidance of instructor Jay Gibbons at Rancho. In 2016 Ahmed had 19 HR’s and  doubles, along with 4 triples. He had 107 hits, with 52 RBI’s and an overall batting average of .278. Previously Mike had not hit more than 4 HR’s in any season of professional baseball. Excited to see the 2017 season develop for Mike!

 

 

 

 

 

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