As spring training nears its conclusion, players across the league are trying to make their final impressions to their teams in hopes of making the Opening Day roster. That is certainly the case for infielder Grant Green as he appears to be on the bubble for a spot on the Los Angeles Angels‘ 25-man roster.
The 26-year-old has been one of the Angels’ most productive players this spring training as he is batting .360 with one home run, tied for second on the team with 11 RBIs and leads the team with seven doubles in 20 games played.
These numbers would normally scream that Green is a lock for a spot on the team, but that is not the case as he has stiff competition for a backup infielder spot. Both John McDonald (.321 BA with three RBIs) and Ian Stewart (.311 BA, three home runs with six RBIs) are also having solid spring training performances.
But with that said, Green has picked up his production in the last three games despite a little lull offensively where he recorded one hit in six games. He is now batting .500 (5-for-10) over that stretch with one home run, five RBIs, three runs scored and 12 total bases. The one home run he hit was a two-run shot in Wednesday’s 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.
As for his play defensively, the second-year infielder has been solid for the most part. Despite three errors committed, he is second on team in assists (29) and double plays turned (6) in 99.2 innings played.
So it seems that Green has done enough to earn himself a spot on the team as a backup infielder. A three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that is all that is left to play before the season begins on Monday, and the 26-year-old must use those games to continue to show that he deserves that to be on Los Angeles’ 25-man roster.