As we move on to the National League, we’ll once again start with the West Division.
Who’s Hot: Kevin Kouzmanoff has been everything the Padres expected this spring, he’s hit for power (nine extra-base hits), hit for average (.339/.412/.576 in 59 at-bats), and shown better defense than expected.
“He has great stuff,” pitching coach Bud Black said. “And he has great natural control. He deserves an opportunity to pitch at this level.”
Outfielder Will Venable is still quite a ways from San Diego, but he didn’t look lost in big league camp, hitting .360/.407/.440.
Who’s Not: Righthander Andrew Brown has enticed three teams with his plus fastball and slider, but he’s never shown the ability to command either pitch well enough to pitch effectively in the majors. His stuff has been good as ever this spring–according to this story, his fastball has hit 99 mph this spring, but his command has been just as shaky. Brown went 1-3, 10.97 with 11 walks and 19 hits in 11 innings.
The Padres ended up putting Brown on waivers, but he cleared them and is headed to Triple-A Portland.