The Mariners are over halfway through Cactus League play and opening day at Safeco Field is just over two weeks away. While injuries all over the roster have dominated the news for Seattle this spring, it hasn’t all been bad in Arizona for the M’s. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the three players who have stood out in spring training so far.
1. The value of Dee Gordon in center field is now very apparent.
When Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto traded for Dee Gordon and said the Gold Glove-winning second baseman was going to be Seattle’s center fielder, it was a real head-scratcher. Gordon had never played the outfield as a pro, and he seemed shocked that anybody would be looking at him as anything other than a middle infielder.
Drayer: Gordon ‘coming into his own’ in CF, says Mariners OF coach
Flash forward three months later and we now all understand what Dipoto and the Mariners’ brass saw in Gordon.
In the last week, Gordon has thrown out runners at third base and home plate, showing off a cannon of an arm that would be a surprise coming from his 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame if it wasn’t for his pedigree (his dad is former All-Star closer Tom Gordon). The impressive part is that his one concern heading into spring training about learning the outfield, the crow hop, has apparently been mastered if this throw is any indication.
As it stands, Gordon has no errors this spring and has by all accounts been not just comfortable but in fact a revelation in center field. Add that to his speed and hitting ability and you have to feel good about the Mariners’ biggest offseason acquisition. And who knows – maybe he’ll win a Gold Glove at his new …read more
Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports