Jon Griffin of the Double-A Mobile BayBears broke a minor league record over the past couple of days: he hit five home runs in five consecutive plate appearances. Four in the first game Wednesday and a fifth on Thursday in his first at-bat. You can see video of it here.
Griffin, 25, is a first baseman/DH, and the Dbacks really don’t need one of those, but it’s cool to see such an accomplishment. He has ten homers on the year. He hit ten last year, but earlier in his minor league career had seasons with 26 and 28. Maybe this will open someone’s eyes to him and give him a chance where his path to the bigs is less problematic.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.