By Brian Devine on March 29, 2014
Heading into Opening Day, the Mariners have many players facing severe criticism. Some players are having disappointing springs, and these players are also questionable to produce in 2014. With the start of the season just days away, these players will look to prove all of their doubters wrong.
Despite winning the Mariners' starting center field battle, Almonte has struggled at the plate this spring. He is batting .183 with a .253 OBP over 71 at-bats. Given his poor performance and lack of experience, Almonte is a huge risk for Seattle this season.
After a strong 2012 campaign, Wilhelmsen has struggled. His ERA was over 4.00 last season, and his ineffectiveness has continued during Spring Training. Wilhelmsen owns a 6.97 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP in 10 innings pitched this spring.
While Montero has performed adequately this spring, it is not enough to overcome all the negative attention he has recently gained. He is coming off a suspension for PEDs, and he reported to camp out of shape. The former top prospect has played poorly for Seattle for two seasons, and is now considered a bust.
While Franklin is a nice prospect, he has started to receive a lot of criticism. He is coming off a disappointing rookie season, and he has just lost the Mariners' shortstop battle to Brad Miller. Franklin will start the year in triple-A, and there is a strong possibility he will eventually get traded.
As one of the Mariners' biggest signings this offseason, Hart's performance this spring is very discouraging. His batting average stands at .143, and he has only recorded one extra-base hit. While the Mariners shouldn't overreact to these numbers, they should start being concerned. He is going to be a significant piece in their lineup, and they will need him to be extremely productive.
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