Beaty Has a Good Spring

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

On a beautiful Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-to-2.

Making his second start of the spring, Clayton Kershaw looked great even though he allowed a leadoff home run to David Peralta, who usually plays great against the Dodgers. Kershaw’s control and movement were excellent over the three innings when he threw 45 pitches. He finished his work in the bullpen. For the first time in several years, his cranky back feels good.

Kenley Jansen, who is working on his consistency, pitched a flawless fourth inning where he threw seven strikes. He had tremendous movement on his cutter.

Coming off a marvelous season where he won both NLCS and World Series MVP, Corey Seager is having an excellent spring training both offensively and defensively. As normal, Seager doesn’t have many ups and downs. Defensively, he has been fantastic at shortstop, a position where most baseball-knowledgeable people thought Seager would move from early in his career. Wednesday, he hit his second home run of the spring.

Not many Dodger fans pay attention to Matt Beaty after a disappointing 2020 season. In 2019, Beaty burst on the scene as an outstanding left-handed power hitter who could play first and third base and left field. However, during the abbreviated 2020 season with Joc Pederson and AJ Pollock having excellent performances while splitting time in left field and the emergence of Edwin Rìos at third base, Beaty had limited playing time, and his offense suffered.

This spring with Pederson going as a free agent to the Chicago Cubs, Beaty has more opportunities to play. His defense in left field has drastically improved. While he loves hitting, he has shown more patience at the plate. Walks are important to the success of a baseball team.

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