Seattle Mariners Spring Training Lessons Learned
Mar 20, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielderDustin Ackley
(13) runs to first base after hitting a single against the Chicago Cubs at Cubs Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The Outfield Outlook:
Six outfielders are left at Major League Camp: Dustin Ackley, Abraham Almonte, Corey Hart, Michael Saunders, Endy Chavez, and Stefen Romero.
The first four on the list seem to have all but locked up their spots on the 25-man roster. As it stands today, it’ll be Ackley, Almonte, Hart from left to right, with Saunders covering Hart with regularity to keep his knees fresh for the duration of the season.
Left field is Ackley’s, and despite a poor offensive showing this spring skipper Lloyd McClendon seems to be in love with Almonte’s potential as a centerfielder/leadoff guy.
The only thing still unknown in the outfield is who will be the fifth outfielder. Will it be Chavez who is one of the better defensive outfielders in the organization? Or will it be Stefen Romero, who has serious power potential and some versatility– having been a second baseman and third baseman in college and in the Minor Leagues.