5 Players Disappointing New Teams the Most at Spring Training
In most cases, spring training statistics should not be taken too seriously. Players are still getting ready to begin the season and they are working on many different aspects of their games.
As a result, some players end up putting up disappointing numbers. For teams that spent big money or dealt prospects to acquire new players, this can still be a little bit of a concern.
So far this spring, there have been quite a few players in new places that have struggled early.
It took a while for Michael Bourn to sign this winter, but he finally found a new home with the Cleveland Indians. They are hoping that he can help lead their team to the postseason this year.
If that is going to be the case, Bourn will need to produce at a higher level than he has so far this spring. Bourn has struggled to get on base, but that likely will not be an issue during the regular season.
Few players in the major leagues have to make as big of an adjustment as Hyun-Jin Ryu will be making this year. Not only is he trying to perform at a high level in the MLB, but he also has to get used to life in the United States.
So far, Ryu has struggled in the six innings that he has thrown this season, but he has demonstrated promise. Giving up four runs and eight hits in that span is certainly not something that the Los Angeles Dodgers want to see, but they have to like the fact that he has nine strikeouts.
Following a disappointing 2012 season, the Boston Red Sox thought Shane Victorino would be able to recapture some of the magic that he had while he was playing for the Philadelphia Phillies.
That has yet to be the case, however, as Victorino failed to collect a hit in his first 11 spring at-bats. Additionally, Victorino has also struggled a bit at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. This could be a signal that he will continue his decline, or it could just be respective of the small sample size.
The Toronto Blue Jays certainly made some noise this winter with all of the moves that they made. In their deal with the Miami Marlins, one of the players they received was veteran starter Mark Buehrle.
It is still very early in the spring, but in his first three appearances, Buehrle gave up nine hits, two home runs and four runs while walking five over 5.1 innings.
One of the things that the Tampa Bay Rays organization does very well is develop pitchers. They may have their work cut out for them with Mike Montgomery.
The former top 20 prospect according to Baseball America (via Baseball-Reference), has struggled in recent years. Things have not gotten better for Montgomery this spring.
During his first three appearances, Montgomery has given up nine hits and four runs in just three innings.