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Friday, April 02, 2021

Nine most surprising players who made Opening Day rosters

2. Tucupita Marcano, 2B, Padres
Marcano might be the most surprising inclusion on any roster. The last time he played in a regular season game, it was as a 19-year-old in the Midwest League. Nevertheless, he cracked the Padres bench after hitting .405/.479/.619 in 49 plate appearances this spring. Marcano is on the smaller side, suggesting he’s never going to hit for much power. He should, however, put the ball in play at a high frequency, and his above-average footspeed ought to give him a chance to contribute secondary value….

9. Garrett Whitlock, RHP, Red Sox
Whitlock was a Rule 5 pick by way of the Yankees, which will make for a fun footnote if he becomes a meaningful contributor on the strength of his fastball-slider combination. Why would the Yankees leave him exposed? He underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2019 that, when combined with the pandemic, has sidelined him for an awkwardly long time. Whitlock should open the season as a reliever; if the Red Sox can help him improve his changeup, he might eventually get a shot at taking a spot in the rotation.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2021 at 10:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
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