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Aaron Hicks, OF, Minnesota Twins
Spring Stats: .306/.352/.633, 13 R, 4 2B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 3 SB, 14/4 K/BB (15 G)
He still appears to be the favorite to break camp as the team’s Opening Day center fielder, but Hicks has cooled off since his monster three-homer game on March 7. Since then, the toolsy switch-hitter has gone 4-for-22 with eight strikeouts over eight games.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B-3B, San Diego Padres
Spring Stats: .298/.327/.596, 5 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 10/2 K/BB (17 G)
Already engaged in a battle to win the second base job, Gyorko’s chances of making the Opening Day roster drastically improved with the recent news that Chase Headley (broken thumb) will open the season on the disabled list.
After launching three home runs in his first four spring contests, Gyorko’s bat has cooled off. However, he’s picked it up as of late, and he’ll need a strong finish to secure a spot on the 25-man roster.
Joey Gallo, 3B, Texas Rangers
Spring Stats: 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB (2 G)
Promoted to major league camp for last weekend’s series in his hometown of Las Vegas, Gallo showed off his prodigious 80-grade power in both contests.
On Saturday, the 6'5" left-hander launched a slightly wind-aided double halfway up the outfield wall to dead center field—a modest 433-foot poke. The wall didn’t stand in his way the following day, as the 19-year-old blasted a towering home run to right-center field in front of his family and friends in attendance.