The spring training exhibition games are well underway. How do the players from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands perform? Here is an overview of yesterday’s games.
First of al,l there were the debuts of Ray-Patrick Didder and Juremi Profar. The Aruban and Curacao kids debuted for the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers respectively.
The weird thing is in the other split-squad game of the Rangers, Juremi Profar was also in the box score, this time as a substitute at third base. This is more likely than having him started at shortstop. In the game vs the Brewers, he went 0 for 1 with a strikeout. It is very likely that the Profar in the game vs the Indians was Jurickson.
Jonathan Schoop likely played his last game before the World Baseball Classic. Against the Yankees, he went 1 for 3. That one hit was a solo homerun in the third inning, the sole run that the O’s would score.
Xander Bogaerts played a good game against the Cardinals as he collected two hits out of three at bats. In four innings, Xander recorded two 6-4 outs.
Shawn Zarraga had a pinch hit at bat for the Cincinnati Reds vs the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the seventh inning, Shawn replaced Tucker Barnhart behind the dish. In the eighth inning he grounded out 4-3 and while behind the plate, Tyler Mahle gave up a three run homerun to Reymond Fuentes.
Andrelton Simmons likely played his final exhibition game before the WBC as well. In two at bats, the Curacaoan shortstop did not collect a hit. In the bottom of the third, Simmons reached first base on a fielding error by Erick Aybar. He would eventually score on Cole Calhoun’s single to right field.