The regular season is creeping ever closer, and the World Baseball Classic is in full swing along with that. Here’s a look at the week that was in the Central:
- Posted a 2-3-1 record, including a loss to Team Italy.
- Jon Lester made his spring debut, making two starts and posting a 5.40 ERA in five innings.
- Jason Heyward blasted his first spring home run in a game against the Angels
- Javier Baez is playing for Puerto Rico in the WBC. Farmhands John Andreoli, Jim Henderson, and Erling Moreno are playing for Italy, Canada, and Colombia, respectively.
- Top prospects Ian Happ and Eloy Jimenez have had good springs, each blasting two home runs apiece
St. Louis Cardinals
- Posted a 4-2-1 record this week.
- Former Cub Dexter Fowler has had a red hot spring, batting at a .444 clip.
- Top prospect Harrison Bader has stuck out in spring training, he’s currently batting .375.
- Carlos Martinez, Yadier Molina, and Seung Hwan Oh are playing in the WBC for the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Korea, respectively.
- Posted a 4-3 record, including a loss to the Dominican Republic.
- Ace Gerrit Cole made his spring debut, pitching 2 scoreless innings.
- Tyler Glasnow made his spring debut but didn’t fare as well as Cole did, getting hit around for 6 ER in 2.1 innings.
- Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, Francisco Cervelli, Gregory Polanco, Ivan Nova, and Starling Marte are playing in the WBC. McCutchen and Harrison are on Team USA; Cervelli for Team Italy; Marte, Polanco, and Nova are all on the Dominican Republic’s roster.
- Posted a 6-2 record, including a split-squad doubleheader sweep of the Dodgers and White Sox.
- Newcomer Eric Thames has really struggled in the spring thus far, hitting at just a .167 clip with no home runs.
- Top prospect Lewis Brinson hit his first spring home run in a game against the White Sox.
- Hernan Perez, Carlos Torres, Wily Peralta, and Jonathan Villar are playing in the WBC. Perez is with Team Venezuela, Torres for Mexico, Villar and Peralta for the Dominican Republic.
- Posted a 2-5-0 record, including a sweep in a split-squad doubleheader by the Giants and Mariners.
- Superstar first baseman Joey Votto has struggled mightily so far, batting just .200 with no home runs.
- Top prospect Nick Senzel was scratched from a game due to a wrist injury. CAT scans were normal, showed no major damage.
- Jumbo Diaz was claimed off of waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays.
- Prospect Dilson Herrera and Scott Feldman are playing in the WBC. Herrera for Colombia, and Feldman for Israel.