PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 10: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics watches the flight of his first home run of the spring during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium on March 10, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Yoenis Cespedes made his Spring Training debut on Saturday and what a debut it was. Cespedes went 2 for 2 with a home run, a single, and walk. Granted it's just one game, but after seeing the video the home run was a legit bomb. It's hard to give a ton of credit for him hitting one off of Jeff Francis at this point, but it definitely looks a lot better than I was anticipating in his first few at bats.
Brian Matusz pitched yesterday, and it could be an indicator of things to come for him. The biggest concern last season from Matusz (other than the obvious poor performance), was the lack of velocity, and by all accounts he was sitting around 94 yesterday. Someone to keep in mind as the spring continues on.
The Dodgers received some good news late Saturday evening when reliever Kenley Jansen was cleared to resume his Spring Training activities. Jansen figures to start the season as the 8th inning reliever for the Dodgers, and could be in line for saves at some point as well.
Mark Trumbo hit a 2-run home run yesterday, and played third base for the Angels yesterday. He also made a diving stop in the 2nd inning, on the first ball hit to him at 3B. It sounds like Trumbo will play at 3B enough to potentially qualify for fantasy leagues, and if he is solid enough to play there consistently he could be a great sleeper.
It was pitching prospect night apparently in the Seattle-Arizona spring training game, as Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, and James Paxton pitched back-to-back-to-back. Walker struck out 2 in a perfect inning, Hultzen struck out 1 in an inning, and Paxton struck out 3 batters as well.