Allen Webster endured a rocky afternoon Wednesday in the Rangers' Cactus League win over the Angels, letting up three hits and three runs over three lackluster innings.
He finished with four walks and four strikeouts. Webster labored through a difficult first inning, allowing three walks and a pair of singles before finally retiring the side. He held the Angels scoreless over his last two frames, though his command of the strike zone remained spotty. A classic Quad-A player (too good for the minors, not good enough for the big leagues), Webster will probably spend the year bouncing between Triple-A and Texas.
Danny Espinosa notched two hits and drove in a pair of runs Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League loss to the Rangers.
It’s still a little weird seeing Espinosa in an Angels uniform after so many years in Washington, but we’re slowly getting used to it. Espinosa ripped a two-run single in the first before adding another hit in the sixth. Wednesday’s outburst boosted Espinosa’s spring average from .195 to .222. Espinosa crushed a career-high 24 homers last year but also hit just .209 with 174 strikeouts.
Cody Martin was blasted for six runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Mariners’ Cactus League loss to the Angels.
He walked three and struck out one. Martin got blown up for four runs in the second inning and couldn’t make it through the third after giving up another run. His first inning wasn’t exactly smooth sailing either. Half the runs he allowed came on a three-run shot by Ben Revere, who has homered just six times in 748 major league appearances. Martin’s spring had been going well before Wednesday’s debacle (no earned runs over 9 2/3 innings). The 27-year-old is likely ticketed for Triple-A to begin the year.
Ben Revere scored twice, stole a base and reached in all four of his plate appearances Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League win over the Mariners.
Revere provided two singles, a walk and (wait for it) a three-run homer in the second inning. You heard us right. Ben Revere, he of six career homers, hit a ball to Souvenir City. Revere has been impossibly hot this spring, hitting .421 with six RBI and four thefts. He’s expected to platoon in left field with Cameron Maybin this year.
Yusmeiro Petit came to play Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League win over the Mariners, allowing just one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings.
He racked up 4 Ks and didn’t walk anyone. Petit retired the first seven batters he faced before finally letting up a double to Mike Freeman. After that, he retired three in a row to end his outing. 28 of the right-hander’s 45 pitches went for strikes. Petit is slated for a long relief role this year, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see him land in the starting rotation at some point.
Charlie Blackmon bopped his third home run of the spring Wednesday in the Rockies’ Cactus League win over the Indians.
Blackmon’s two-run jack off Danny Salazar in the second was his only hit of the afternoon. He’s had a torrid spring, hitting .415 with nine RBI across 41 at-bats. Blackmon set career-highs in home runs (29), RBI (82) and batting average (.324) last season and has promised to steal more bases this year. In mixed leagues, he’s a consensus second-round pick.
Kyle Freeland was on the money Wednesday in the Rockies’ Cactus League win over the Indians, yielding just four hits and one run over five terrific innings.
He tacked on five strikeouts and one walk. The left-hander had a slight hiccup in the second inning but mostly held his own against one of the league’s better lineups. His strikeout victims included Lonnie Chisenhall, Edwin Encarnacion, Yan Gomes, Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana. Through five outings (three starts), Freeland’s Cactus League ERA sits at a stellar 2.25. After showing what he can do against big-league hitters this spring, the 23-year-old shouldn’t be in the minors much longer.
Danny Salazar was out of sorts on Wednesday, allowing seven runs, eight hits and one walk over five innings in the Indians’ Cactus League loss to the Rockies.
He finished the afternoon with five strikeouts. The second inning was Salazar’s undoing. He began the frame with back-to-back strikeouts before allowing the next five men to reach. All of them scored including two on a home run by Charlie Blackmon. Salazar ran into a buzz-saw on Wednesday but has otherwise had a solid spring. Along with Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, Salazar will be a key cog in one of the league’s best rotations.