Yesterday, Jose Tabata put one on the roof of the batting cages over the left-field fence at Pirate City. Today, he added two more. By that pattern, he should hit three over the high fence in left in batting practice tomorrow.
It's only batting practice, but the power to left field is surprising. Tabata didn't hit any home runs in 186 plate appearances in the majors last year, and didn't have any in 163 plate appearances in the minors. He had 13 homers in almost 1100 plate appearances in the majors from 2011-2013, but only two went to left field. Here is his spray chart from 2014, taking out all grounders, pop ups, and singles (via MLB Farm).
That's a lot of going to opposite field, and not much pulling the ball. So to see him pull the ball for power two days in a row was surpris...
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