Spring Training And What To Look For
Spring training games are finally here, and there's a lot of interesting things to look for. He's a few of the big ones
At the trade deadline last season, the Yankees became sellers, trading away Carlos Beltran, Ivan Nova, Aroldis Chapman, and Andrew Miller. This put the thought in Yankees fan's minds that the Yankees were out of it, but that was far from the truth. With new spots on their roster, the Yankees brought up catcher Gary Sanchez, Right Fielder Arron Judge, and Outfielder/ First Baseman Tyler Austin among others. Now this was done to give the Yankees of tomorrow some experience today, but it turns out the baby bombers helped the big league club, more than anyone could have ever imagined. The Yankees run at the end of the season was highlighted by their 7-game win streak, and Gary Sanchez's phenomenal 20 home runs in his short tenured. As the year came to a close however, the Yankees missed the playoffs, but now have a brighter hope for the future than ever before. The Yankees already have guys who proved themselves last year, an they'll look to them for production, but this spring they'll also look at some other baby bombers that are coming up the pipe.These people include Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, and Greg Bird among others. This spring training will be exciting for Yankees fans to see whats to come in the near future.
In 2015 Bryce Harper was the best he had ever been, taking home NL MVP honors. 2016 was not a repeat for Harper however, in fact it was far from it. Harper has already proven himself as a talented player, in the field or at the plate, so the Nationals will look to see if 2016 Harper was nothing more than a fluke, and for 2015 Harper to return to right field come the start of the 2017 season.
Old Veterans In New Places:
Finally the last big thing to look for isn't the prospects that take the spotlight in spring training, but rather the veterans of the game. Many seasoned players have moved around in the offseason to new clubs, and it'll be very interesting to see how they adjust. Some of these players include Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, Edwin Encarnacion, and Matt Wieters. These guys will almost certainly prove beneficial to their new teams, providing mentoring to the young players in camp, but also showing off their talents and helping their teams on the field.
Spring training 2017 will be very exciting to watch, and it'll be even more fun to see how it all unfolds come opening day.The first few exhibition games have already been played, and I'll be looking forward to watching more games as they're played