Laureano hit .261 (6-for-23) across 10 Cactus League games before spring training was suspended. The talented outfielder had opened spring training mired in a 2-for-14 slump over his first six contests, but he bounced back to go 4-for-9 at the plate over his final four games before the pause in play. Laureano recorded one home run, nine RBI, four walks, a stolen base and three runs during exhibition play, a well-rounded body of work that served as a microcosm of a 2019 season during which he slashed an impressive .288/.340/.521 across 481 plate appearances (123 games). The combination of Laureano's elite glove and arm in center field and his ability to hit either handedness equally well (.288 average versus both lefties and righties last season) serves to essentially lock him into an everyday role for this coming season.
Laureano is hitting .143 (2-for-14) with five RBI, three walks and two runs across his first six Cactus League games. He's also been caught stealing on his one attempt. Laureano has managed the neat trick of driving in five runs on just a pair of hits, but otherwise, he's had a rough start to spring at the plate. The rocket-armed outfielder is naturally a shoo-in for an Opening Day roster spot regardless of what transpires during Cactus League play, however, as he complemented his elite defensive skills with an impressive .288/.340/.521 line last season that included 53 extra-base hits (29 doubles, 24 home runs) and 67 RBI across 481 plate appearances. Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports Laureano is slated for a return to his natural position of center field to open 2020, following a temporary shift to right field during the latter portion of the 2019 campaign when he was working back from a lower leg injury.
Laureano went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Mariners on Saturday. Laureano can legitimately lay claim to having garnered home-field advantage for Wednesday's American League Wild Card Game against the Rays all on his own, as his third-inning solo blast was the sole source of scoring for either team. The breakout outfielder heads into the one-game playoff hot, considering he's hit safely in seven of his last eight games.
Laureano went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a win over the Angels on Wednesday. Laureano erased an early 1-0 deficit with his 391-foot shot to left in the fifth, his first homer since Sept. 13. The outfielder has reached safely in 10 straight starts and has an RBI in three of his past four contests on the way to a .341 average across 49 plate appearances in September.
Laureano is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. Laureano is hitting a sizzling .353 this month, but manager Bob Melvin decided to give him the day off and go with Robbie Grossman in right field.