Impending free agent Michael Cuddyer will almost certainly finish his season in a Rockies uniform.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rockies placed Cuddyer on revocable waivers over the weekend, but pulled him back after he experienced hamstring discomfort. This makes him ineligible to be traded.
Whether the Rockies actually intended to deal Cuddyer or not, it’s a lost opportunity. The 35-year-old would have been an attractive trade target for contenders and likely wouldn’t have made it past the National League on waivers. However, the timing just didn’t work out in this case.
Cuddyer just rejoined the Rockies last week after missing over two months with a left shoulder fracture, but he’s been productive when healthy this year, batting .331/.376/.546 with six home runs and 19 RBI over 33 games.
Everyone is well aware of how good Angels outfielder Mike Trout is at the game of baseball. The 26-year-old is already an all-time great, having won two MVP awards — and arguably deserving of two others — and the 2012 Rookie of the Year Award. He has accrued 54.2 WAR, per Baseball Reference, which is right around the threshold for a Hall of Fame career. Trout does it all: he draws walks, he hits for average, he hits for power, he steals bases, he plays good defense.
But here’s an achievement that is amazing even for a player like Trout: he has yet to strike out this spring. In 41 Cactus League plate appearances, he has 10 hits (including a triple and two homers) and six walks with zero strikeouts. Across his career, Trout has a 21.5 percent strikeout rate, right around the league average. He isn’t usually such a stickler for avoiding the punch-out, but this spring he is.
To put this in perspective, 134 players this spring have struck out at least 10 times, according to MLB.com. 938 players have struck out at least once. The only other players to have taken at least 10 at-bats without striking out this spring are Humberto Arteaga (Royals, 23 AB), Tony Cruz (Reds, 18 AB), Oscar Hernandez (Red Sox, 10 AB), and Jacob Stallings (Pirates, 18 AB).
According to Angels assistant hitting coach Paul Sorrento, the lack of strikeouts hasn’t been a conscious effort from Trout, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Ho hum. The best player in baseball is apparently getting even better.