4 Mariners hitters who are not helping themselves this Spring Training

With the season less than a week away, the time is now to be playing your best baseball. We have gone over the guys who have had a great Spring, so here are 4 Mariners hitters who have not looked good at the plate so far this Spring.
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Bench bats: Seby Zavala and Sam Haggerty

Okay, I get it. Zavala and Haggerty shouldn't be playing major roles for this team. Haggerty, in all likelihood, will not make the team out of Spring Training. Zavala on the other hand, is slated to be the team's backup catcher. That is a very important role, because of the impact Cal Raleigh brings to the table in both leadership and his bat. Should Cal miss time, the backup would be thrust into action.

Seby Zavala came over from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Eugenio Suarez trade. He is a career .210 hitter, with a career OPS+ of 72 (28% lower than a league-average player). Those stats are not good. Zavala will not make the team because of his bat, but he will because of his glove, lucky for him.

Zavala's Spring has not gone well, as he is hitting just .167/.270/.333 with an OPS of .603. 3 of his 5 hits this Spring have gone for extra bases, including 1 home run. He has walked 5 times as well. If the Mariners were to have another veteran competing with Zavala, he would be on the hot seat for sure. But with nobody really to compete with, expect Zavala to be on the team for a while, at least.

Sam Haggerty, on the other hand, likely will not make the team, maybe at all in 2024. Haggerty is competing with Dylan Moore and others for the team's utility role. Moore has swung a very hot bat this Spring, and prospects like Ryan Bliss and Cole Young are knocking at the door. Haggerty needed to have a good Spring to even be considered, and he has not done that as of now.

He is hitting just .136/.208/.318/.526 in his 22 Spring at bats. He has just 3 hits so far, 2 of them being extra-base hits. Yes, he can play virtually every [position, but guys like Dylan Moore can too, and they have just swung a better stick so far. I just do not see Haggerty making this team unless an injury or two pop up. Hopefully, he sticks in Tacoma, as the Mariners could need him at some point later this season.

As always, Go Mariners!