Bay, Michael Morse, Michael Saunders and Carlos Peguero each hit a home run, which brings Seattle’s total to 18 in eight games this spring, the most of any Major League Baseball team. Bay, who has struggled with injuries the past few years and is trying to resurrect his career with the Mariners, homered for the second time in Spring Training. He is currently 3-for-6 with four RBIs and three walks.
Morse, who is projected to be the starting left fielder once Seattle breaks for the regular season, hit his first home run of the spring. He is batting .364 with two RBIs and one double in 11 at-bats. As of right now, the 30-year-old is pegged to be the team’s cleanup hitter this year because he has the most potential to record big power numbers. He had a .291 batting average with 18 homers and 62 RBIs in 406 at-bats last season with the Washington Nationals.
Saunders has homered twice in Spring Training and is expected to start in center field for Seattle in 2013. The 26-year-old will get the opportunity to prove his worth once again this year after he posted career numbers across the board last season, in which he batted .247 with 19 home runs, 57 RBIs, 31 doubles, 21 stolen bases and 41 walks in 507 at-bats. Saunders is projected to hit eighth in the batting order due to his consistently low average.
Peguero currently leads the team in home runs this spring with three. He is doing everything he can to make the team as a reserve player after seeing his production drop off from 2011 to 2012. Considering he is displaying outstanding numbers in camp, it is hard to argue why he should not clinch an Opening Day roster spot. The 26-year-old is batting .462 with four RBIs and one double in 13 at-bats this spring. He will need those numbers to transition over to the regular season if given the opportunity because he is a career .191 hitter.