For some players, spring training is nothing more than 30–40 days of just trying to get ready for the regular season.
It really doesn’t matter what they do during February or March, as long as their timing is down and they feel prepared to go through the 162-game grind.
For other players like the Colorado Rockies’ catcher Chris Iannetta, spring training is very important.
After two disappointing seasons in a row, Iannetta is trying to hold down the starting catching job in Colorado.
Iannetta’s quest to become the player everyone thinks he can be got off to a good start on Tuesday when he hit a two-run home run in the Rockies’ 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Cactus League action.
Iannetta’s only competition behind the plate is Jose Morales, so it’s his job to lose.
Iannetta has 20-25 HR power and the ability to work the count (13.1 career BB Percentage), which is why the Rockies will give him every shot to keep the No.1 catcher spot throughout the season.
However, if Iannetta is going to stick, he is going to need to cut down on his strikeouts. In his brief five-year Major League career, Iannetta has struck out 26.8 percent of the time.
Unless you are hitting 40 HR’s a year, most teams won’t put up with a player who K’s that much.
Keep an eye on Iannetta throughout spring training. If he hits, he will be a guy to target in your fantasy draft in the later rounds. He falls into the 10-15 range in the catcher fantasy rankings.
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