Spring training isn’t as innocent as it sounds.
For many, it’s a time to get revved up for the regular season—getting back into the daily grind, throwing a couple bullpens, taking batting practice and developing friendships with the new faces on the team.
For others, however, it’s a time to work out the kinks. That seems to be the case with a few pitchers this spring as several notable names have struggled early. Command and velocity aren’t always immediately going to be there two or three weeks in, but it will be concerning if the lack of success continues.
Teams, for example, have to plan around what they see in spring training. If your projected No. 5 starter is getting shelled each outing, it’s probably time to think about giving a prospect a shot or a reliever that can be stretched into a starter. Or maybe sign a veteran free agent or make a trade.
Like I said, this is a serious time of the year for some players. Let’s take a look at who hasn’t been so hot lately and why teams should be concerned about those taking the mound in 2013.