First Pitch: Changes From Spring Training to the Regular Season

First Pitch: Changes From Spring Training to the Regular Season

It's always interesting to see the changes from Spring Training to the regular season. Some players come out of Spring Training looking great, then immediately struggle to start the season. Some players come out of Spring Training looking horrible, then look dominant at the start of the year. Then there's some players who stay the same, good or bad.

Tim Alderson is one of the guys who looked much improved in Spring Training. So far he's carried that success over to the regular season, even getting an early season promotion to Triple-A.

The international hitters in West Virginia have also carried over a strong Spring Training to the regular season. I was impressed with Alen Hanson, and had Gregory Polanco as a breakout candidate due to his hot hitting throughout the Spring. Both are off to great starts in low-A.

Then there's the guys who looked great, but have struggled during the regular season. Alex Dickerson was playing against high-A teams, and sometimes against Double-A teams. I...

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