Here’s to a great week!
Trevor Bauer went three innings, allowing just one unearned run, while Andrew Miller’s last outing before the WBC was a scoreless inning. Offensively, Francisco Lindor doubled twice and Bradley Zimmer went deep.
It’s not all good news. Naquin exited Sunday's spring-training affair after he fouled a ball off his right foot.
Zimmer has been working on his swing path and the results so far this spring are promising. From Jordan Bastian:
"It was awesome to see that he was still willing to go through the process to make an adjustment," said Jim Rickon, the Indians' Minor League hitting coordinator, "even though maybe his performance would go down a little bit. That's what it's about, getting better and learning.
"What good is it if he hits .320 in Triple-A, but it's not going to work in the big leagues as well as it should?"
Beginning with when Zimmer was with Double-A Akron earlier last year, Rickon said the outfielder and the team's staff began working on rebuilding the swing from the ground up. Zimmer, who was Cleveland's first-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, came to the organization with a very wide setup with his feet. Last year, the Indians worked on shorterning the length and opening his stance some.
Rickon said the changes Zimmer's setup would lead to better mechanics with his hips as well. When done properly, that chain reaction would then lead into the real target: Improving Zimmer's bat path.
No, it’s not a drone.