Philadelphia Phillies’ John Mayberry Jr. Having Surprising Spring

By Rebekah Milsted
Mayberry Jr. Spring Training 2014 workout
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

John Mayberry Jr. has been with the Philadelphia Phillies since 2009. During his time with the team he has not met expectations. Many fans have wanted him gone for a long time, and they were unhappy when the Phillies signed him the 2014 season. Mayberry seems to be having a productive spring that will hopefully continue into the regular season.

Mayberry is competing for a bench role, but he is also capable of playing first base and the outfield. This could be valuable when Ryan Howard’s ankle is causing problems. Having Mayberry on the bench could also be helpful if a player in the outfield is having a bad couple of games and needs a day off. He only needs to provide offense, which is not his strong suit.

Last season Mayberry had an average of just .227, and his average has not been above .300 since 2010. The Phillies need as much offense as they can get after failing to score runs last season. If Mayberry wants to keep his spot on the team he has to show he can provide offense. He seems to be showing that thus far down in Clearwater.

Mayberry has had 11 at bats so far this spring. His average is .455, which is the second-highest on the team. He has five hits along with two home runs and only has one strikeout. Maybe Mayberry is finally seeing the ball better.

Spring seems to be treating Mayberry well, so hopefully this will continue into the regular season. He deserves to show the fans that they are wrong about him and that he deserves to be on the roster.

Rebekah is a Philadelphia Phillies writer for Rantsports. Follow her on Twitter and Google+

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