“I’ve never felt as good hitting as I do now.”
Jake Bauers said as much a few days ago when he arrived for his second straight spring training with the Cleveland Indians. After enduring a let-down season, which ended with manager Terry Francona challenging him to develop a better routine, Bauers spent the winter tweaking his swing.
Refreshed and ready to put his rocky Indians debut behind him, he arrived in Goodyear, Arizona eager to show off everything he learned over the offseason. With an Opening Day roster spot no longer guaranteed, displaying some improved plate production would definitely improve his odds of starting the year in Cleveland.
With one week of spring ball now in the books, it seems like a good a time to check in and see how Bauers’ new offensive approach looks so far.