Coming off of an injury-plagued 2012 season, Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria picked up where he left off in 2013. It was a great boost to a Rays team that competed all season long.
Longoria hit 32 home runs in 2013 while driving in 88 runs, both of which were on pace with his normal seasonal outputs. Clearly, the Rays are looking for their third baseman to produce at a high level again as they try to compete with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox of the world.
This Spring Training, Longoria will look to work off any rust from the offseason and continue to get stronger than he already is. By doing that, he should be able to maintain his power and even add to it slightly.
Perhaps as he removes himself further from his injuries from 2012, he can regain some speed and add that back to his game. In 2010, he had 15 steals, but he only has 22 steals in his other five seasons combined. That’s one of the things that he can work on this spring training in order to add yet another dimension to his game.
Moving into his age-28 year, 2014 could be big for Longoria. It’s hard to believe that with how much he’s done already in his career, he’s actually just entering his prime. Just how gaudy will his stats be in his prime? That remains to be seen and the work that he puts in this spring could go a long way towards determining the answer.
Longoria has continued to be the foundation upon which Tampa Bay builds its franchise. Be sure to watch him in person as he begins to enter his prime by getting your Rays tickets here.