Spring Training 2013
Good afternoon from sunny Viera, Florida where the Nationals just finished one of their 16 big-league spring training home games. Stephen Strasburg got the start and was fantastic for the first five innings. He let up just one hit and struck out five before the Braves got to him in the sixth inning. The Nats lost 7-2, but a few former Chiefs stood out.
*Tyler Moore blasted his first spring training home run of 2013 in the ninth inning off of compass-named reliever Aaron Northcraft. When Moore–who hit nine homers in 29 games in Syracuse last year–made contact, the sizable crowd at Space Coast Stadium gasped.
*Corey Brown posted a single in his only at-bat. That pushed his average to .237. Got a chance to chat with Corey after the game. You’ll be able to hear about Corey’s offseason (including his marriage) in our Inside Pitch podcast shortly.
*Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 to lower his spring average to .438. In one of his at-bats, he showed bunt on the first pitch of the sequence.
Harper leads the Nats with 14 hits this spring in 32 at-bats. Corey Brown, by the way, is getting a workout–he leads the Nats in ABs with 38. Anthony Rendon (pronounced Ren-DOHNE) has the most homers on the team with three. Rendon turns 23 in June and is a good bet to be in Syracuse sometime soon.
Kevin and I will be tweeting updates from @ChiefsRadio and @SyracuseChiefs throughout the week. Tell us if there’s someone you want to hear about.