LOD Weekly Grapefruit League Report
The LOD Weekly Grapefruit League Report is your source for Grapefruit League news throughout Spring Training. Check back for spring training highlights and top stories from around the camps.
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Latest Grapefruit League Team News:
- J.D. Martinez watch: The Boston Red Sox new slugger finally appeared in a game on March 7th finishing 0 for 2, but on the very next day, Martinez showed the Boston faithful just why they should be excited this season as he finished 3 for 3, with a double and an RBI. Catcher Blake Swihart is still tearing it up in spring as he is batting .385 (10 for 26) and has hit safely in seven of the nine games he has played so far.
- New York Yankees Aaron Judge, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year winner, is graced on the cover of MLB The Show 2018 video game. Miguel Andujar is tied for third in the Grapefruit League with four homers through nine games.
- Atlanta Braves top outfield prospect Ronald Acuna hit his first home run on March 2nd and is now batting .393 (11 for 28) this spring.
- New York Mets are hoping for a big season in 2018 and it all starts with their prized starting rotation. So far this spring Noah Syndergaard has been proving that he is ready to take the helm as the teams Ace. In 8.1 IP this spring, Thor has a 1.08 ERA, with 13 K’s, while allowing just one run on three hits, and three walks. Opponents are batting just .107 against him and he as a .072 WHIP. As for Matt Harvey, in two games he is 1-0, with a 1.80 ERA, allowing one run on four hits, three K’s in five innings of work. Lefty Steven Matz has struggled to find his groove so far as he has given up 10 runs in just 1.2 innings worked. Jacob deGrom will finally make his spring debut on Sunday.
- St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter has been sidelined with a back injury, is not looking to be read for opening day.
- Miami Marlins continue to win ball games as they are 7-5 through 12 games, but when the real games begin, not sure the success on the field will be as great.
- Houston Astros Kyle Tucker, a non-roster invitee to camp, is batting .400 (10 for 25), with a double, four home runs and 10 RBIs through 10 games.
- Philadelphia Phillies reliever Francisco Rodriguez, which is hard to believe is now 36 years old, is showing that he may not be the same dominate pitcher but he is making a case that he can still get batters out. Through five games in relief, K-Rod has not given up a run, while allowing three hits, four strikeouts in 4.1 IP. He has allowed six walks but three of those came against the Yankees on March 1st.
- Baltimore Orioles Manny Machado is still tearing up the spring batting .524 (11 for 21), with three doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs through eight games.
- Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. showed he may be just as good as his dad was, as he displayed his talents in his first spring game on Thursday finishing 4 for 5, with two runs scored.