Third base is one crowded bag for the Seattle Mariners this spring, what with Chone Figgins, Kyle Seager, Alex Liddi and rookie Vinnie Catricala playing the position.
And while Figgins and Seager seem to have inside tracks on opening day roster spots, Catricala - a 23-year-old non-roster invitee who has played no higher than Class AA - keeps rewarding Eric Wedge for playing him.
In the third inning today, lefty Matt Harrison jumped ahead in the count to Catricala, 0-2, and Catricala took pitches in, out and down to work the count full at 3-2. Harrison came in with a strike. Catricala hit the ball out, his second Cactus League home run, which goes along with two he hit in intra-squad games.
That swing left Catricala batting .375 this spring. His defense isn't where the Mariners want it and no, he's not likely to make the big club this spring.
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But the dude hits - a .322 minor league average in 327 games, and now here. It makes you wonder.