After going 3 for 3 with two home runs on Tuesday, Semien again reached in all his plate appearances on Wednesday. He wasted no time getting to work, singling in two runs in the first inning. Semien would walk in his next appearance before driving in another run on a single in his final at-bat.
Semien, who has yet to make an out this spring, downplayed his success, saying "I'm just getting good pitches to hit right now." The 24-year-old hit .234/.300/.372 over 231 at-bats last season.
We're always told spring training doesn't matter, that we shouldn't pay attention to it if know what's best for our Fantasy teams.
Well, I think that's a bunch of baloney.
At the very least, it's a cop-out. Sure, most of it doesn't matter. For established players with no threats to their playing time, injury concerns or known mechanical issues, spring training is just a red herring. But spring training was also our first clue last year that Melky Cabrera was back to form and that Jacob deGrom was more than the scouting reports let on. Rather than pick out a few interesting nuggets and risk them being misconstrued as more than just food for thought, it's easier to have a blanket policy for the whole thing. "Nope, none of it matters. Check back again in late May."
Really? This is the first baseball most of us have seen in months. Asking a true fan to ignore it is cruel and, frankly, unrealistic. "If they're going to do it anyway, they can at least do it under adult supervision." That's what all the "cool" parents said in high school, right?
Bad comparison, but you get what I'm saying. So periodically throughout this spring, I'm going to review game action from the day before, picking out the five items that I believe are of greatest concern to Fantasy owners. And I'll do my best to couch them in a responsible way.
Semien didn't hit just one home run in his first look as the
Depending in part on his performance this spring, Sanchez could begin the year as either the
This from a player who hit .356 with 40 home runs in the Korean Baseball Organization. Of course, no one thinks he'll be that good, but how many middle infielders can hit the ball out in that direction with such ease? And oh yeah, he started at shortstop, which is the position nobody seems to think he'll be able to play in the majors.
The Blue Jays don't have a starting second baseman. They have Maicer Izturis, who has impersonated one in the past, but if they wanted him starting there, they wouldn't have acquired Travis, a major league-ready second base prospect, from the
5. More of the same from
Semien didn't take long to strike. In his first at-bat, Semien crushed an 0-2 pitch from Madison Bumgarner for a two-run shot. He added a solo shot in the fifth inning off Cody Hall. Semien finished 3 for 3, with two runs scored and four RBI. He's expected to open the season as the team's starting shortstop.
Manager Bob Melvin indicated that five players are competing to bat second in the
The Athletics opened last season with third baseman Josh Donaldson slotted second, but Donaldson has since been traded to Toronto.
Semien's biggest competition for the starting shortstop job is likely Eric Sogard.
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