Jesus Montero C SEA 9 Hrs
Jesus Montero continued his torrid Cactus League hitting on Saturday, belting a pair of homers to lead the Mariners to an 8-5 victory over the Dodgers.
Montero finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. He took Josh Beckett deep for a solo shot in the second inning and added a two-run blast off Chris Withrow in the eighth The most impressive thing about his evening may have been that each of his bombs were of the opposite field variety. Perhaps it's too soon to write him off.
Blake Beavan RP SEA 9 Hrs
Blake Beavan pitched well in Saturday's Cactus League victory over the Dodgers, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits over his three frames.
Beavan walked one and struck out a pair on the night. The 25-year-old had a very disappointing 2013 season, but with the dearth of injuries to the Mariners rotation has a shot to crack the Opening Day roster with a strong showing in Arizona.
Josh Beckett SP LAD 9 Hrs
Josh Beckett was hammered in a losing effort against the Mariners on Saturday, allowing five runs on six hits over his three innings.
The veteran right-hander walked one and didn't record a strikeout in the game. Most of the damage against him stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, with Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero and Stefen Romero each taking him over the boards. As long as he makes it through the spring healthy, he appears locked into the final spot in the Dodgers rotation.
Dee Gordon SS LAD 9 Hrs
Dee Gordon put his blazing speed on display again in Saturday's loss to the Mariners, swiping another pair of bases.
He finished the night 2-for-4 with a run scored. That's seven steals this spring for the speedy infielder, who is making a strong case to open the season as the Dodgers starting second baseman. If he secures that job, he immediately becomes a very relevant player in all mixed leagues.
Joey Votto 1B CIN 10 Hrs
Joey Votto went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles in a losing effort against the Cubs on Saturday.
As he typically does, Votto also drew a walk in the game. He was most of the Reds offense in this one, as his pair of doubles were the only extra-base hits they would muster out of their six total knocks, as Jason Hammel and four other pitchers combined to shut them out.
Alfredo Simon RP CIN 10 Hrs
Alfredo Simon had a rough outing in Saturday's loss to the Cubs in Cactus League play, surrendering five runs on five hits in his four innings of work.
Simon walked a pair and struck out one in the game. The Cubs jumped all over him early on, with Nate Schierholtz blasting a two-run homer in the first inning. The 32-year-old hurler is being stretched out as a starter this spring, but is probably best utilized out of the bullpen.
Alfredo Marte CF ARI 11 Hrs
Alfredo Marte went 2-for-3 with an RBI on Saturday, leading the Diamondbacks to a 5-2 victory over the Angels in Cactus League action.
The 24-year-old outfielder has impressed in the early going this spring, hitting .455 (5-for-11) with a homer and three RBI. He cracked the D'Backs Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder with a strong showing last spring, and could be on his way to doing so again.
Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 11 Hrs
Albert Pujols went 1-for-3 and drove home his first run of the Cactus League season in Saturday's loss to a split-squad Diamondbacks team.
Pujols struck out in one of his other at-bats, and is hitting just .125 (2-for-16) to this point. The important thing is his health though, and he maintains that the planar fascitis that cut short his 2013 season is no longer an issue for him.
A. J. Pollock CF ARI 11 Hrs
A.J. Pollock belted his first home run of the Cactus League season, powering the Diamondbacks to a 6-4 victory over the White Sox on Saturday.
Pollock finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. He's now hitting a robust .409 (9-for-22) with three RBI in the early going. Slated for everyday at-bats atop the Diamondbacks lineup, his intriguing blend of power and speed make him an interesting flier in the middle rounds of mixed league drafts.
Brandon McCarthy SP ARI 11 Hrs
Brandon McCarthy pitched well in his third Cactus League start on Saturday, allowing two runs on six hits over five innings against the White Sox.
The 30-year-old right-hander fanned two without walking a batter on the afternoon. McCarthy now owns a 1.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 6/2 K/BB ratio over 11 innings this spring. His lack of strikeouts keep his fantasy value down, making him a decent option as a backend starter of streaming option that can be had cheaply near the end of drafts.