What I Expect to See in Spring Training


Spring training for major league baseball is the time for clubs to see who will be on their roster to begin the season. Skills are fine-tuned, strategy is fine-tuned and in some cases, players are just trying to make it and

March 15, 2012; Fort Myers, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manger Mike Matheny (22) against the Boston Red Sox during a spring training game at Jet Blue Park. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

sometimes, they surprise.

So I thought I would take the time in this blog to share with you what I hope and expect to see from some of the players in spring training. As always, feel free to comment as I list what I expect to see in Jupiter.

  • Oscar Tavares to come and kick butt and show he’s ready for the next level
  • Barrett Browning  to seriously challenge for a bullpen position
  • Matt Carpenter to astonish everyone and takes over as starting second baseman
  • Jon Jay to improve his overall game to become one of the premier center fielders in the National League
  • David Freese has his best spring yet and stays injury free
  • Raphael Furcal proves he’s 100% and picks up his offense and defense as he began last season
  • Allen Craig continues to be Allen Craig
  • Kolten Wong makes the team and becomes the Cards biggest offensive and base stealing threat off the bench
  • Lance Lynn shows he’s ready to last and be consistent the whole season
  • Jaime Garcia shows he’s 100%
  • Adam Wainwright is back to his dominant self

Finally, I would like to see Kyle Lohse in spring training; and you know what that means.

Thanks for reading.