Spring Training Game Review: 3/15/14 Doug Gray March 15, 2014 13 Comments The Reds won big on Saturday afternoon, 16-4 over the Brewers. Here is how the minor leaguers performed: Jesse Winker went 0-1. Ruben Gotay went 1-1 with a double. Argenis Diaz went 0-2. Chris Nelson went 1-1 with a solo HR. Neftali Soto went 4-4 with a HR, 3 runs and 3 RBI. Travis Mattair went 0-1. Kristopher Negron went 2-4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs and an RBI. Brodie Greene went0-1. Josh Fellhauer went 0-1. Brian Anderson went 0-2 with an RBI. Brett Marshall went 1-1 with a run and 2 RBI at the plate. He allowed a run in 3 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts on the mound. Nick Christiani threw 2 hitless and walkless innings with 2 strikeouts. Brett Marshall gave up his first run of the spring as his ERA jumped to 1.00. He has been strong so far. Neftali Soto continued his blazing start to the spring where he has 7 extra-base hits, just one strikeout and is hitting .438 in 32 at bats. 13 Responses Hal March 16, 2014 Soto looked overmatched last year in limited ML action. What has changed; lesser pitching in spring, the aforementioned adjustments to his swing, he is just hot right now, or a basic combo of all of these things? I guess my real question is does anyone see him as a productive MLB player either here or anywhere else? Shchi March 16, 2014 The $64,000 question, or in MLB more like the $64MM question. Obviously Heisey and Soto are NOT going to put up an OPS >1.2 during the season, but has something changed or happened to expect a stronger, more consistent performance from those 2 players or are their performances simply a spring training anomaly. Doug Gray March 16, 2014 I still want to see him show more plate discipline over a few months before I change my mind that he is a backup with pop off of the bench. Crushing the ball in the spring is nice to see, but a few weeks doesn’t change years, for either Soto or Heisey really, of being big free swingers who struggle to get on base. Josh March 16, 2014 New coaching staff, new batting coach, new approaches and new attitudes appear to paying off early for guys like Heisey and Soto. DaveCT March 16, 2014 Didn’t Soto play winter ball? Sometimes those guys can hit the ground running a bit. But on the other hand, perhaps his increased performance at 3rd last year may show he’s a late bloomer. It happens. Last few weeks of camp hopefully will ratchet up the competition, and give him a chance to keep it up. Doug Gray March 16, 2014 Soto did play winter ball, but he still had time off between when he stopped playing and the start of camp. Rick in Va March 16, 2014 Off topic. Doug, I am going out of town & wanted to sign up for your RSS feeds. But the orange RSS button at the top of the website doesn’t work. It takes you to a page that says “This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it.” So, I am wondering if this is a glitch that you might be able to fix in the next few days or if you intentionally decided to stop offering RSS feeds? Thanks Doug Gray March 16, 2014 What are you using to try and subscribe? I had no issues at all when using firefox. Rick in Va March 16, 2014 I’m using Chrome. I just tried it again using IE & the same thing happened. I had no trouble doing this last Spring, so I thought maybe something had changed. I must admit I was using Firefox then, though, but this is the first time I have encountered anything that works in Firefox but not in Chrome or IE. Strange. Doug Gray March 16, 2014 What version of IE? I just tried it with 10.4 and didn’t have any issues. I just downloaded chrome and will try to see what I can do. Doug Gray March 16, 2014 Ah, now I see the problem. Google Chrome does not come with an RSS Feed reader installed. Every other major browser does. That would explain it. If you are going to use Chrome, you will need to download an add on reader. Rick in Va March 16, 2014 OK, thanks Doug. I tried it on another computer with Firefox & it worked. peppy March 17, 2014 DO YOU THINK Mez will have a break out year?