2B,SS - Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays are reportedly expecting Jose Caballero to win the starting shortstop job out of Spring Training.
Caballero appears to be the favorite entering the spring with Taylor Walls still recovering from surgery on his right hip. “Through a lot of work and evaluation, (we) believe he can do it and do it well,” baseball operations president Erik Neander said. "“So as we stand here today … our expectation is that’s a job for him to take. And that would be considered a success for us if it plays out that way." This will be a situation to monitor over the next month.
Mariners infielder Jose Caballero is back in the starting lineup Monday versus the Red Sox.
Caballero didn't appear in Sunday's series finale with the D-backs but will return to take on Red Sox righty Nick Pivetta on Monday. The young infielder owns a .228 average with three homers, 18 steals, and a .682 OPS across 66 appearances on the season.
Jose Caballero went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals.
Caballero's season-long numbers have been underwhelming, as he has posted a .238 batting average with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 50 games played. However, he has shown some speed on the basepaths with 11 stolen bases and has displayed good plate discipline with a 0.133 walk rate. Caballero will look to build on this performance and contribute more offensively as the season progresses.
Caballero went 0-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base, and a run scored in the Mariners' 5-4 loss to the Angels on Friday.
The stolen base was Caballero's seventh of the season, and he has now scored 16 runs in 37 games played. While his batting average sits at a modest .244, his .349 wOBA suggests that he has been a productive hitter for Seattle this season.
Jose Caballero went 1-for-2 with two RBIs, one run and one strikeout on Saturday against the Astros.
Cabaellero entered the game in the sixth inning after Kolten Wong injured his wrist. He came through with a go-ahead two-run double as part of a seven-run eighth inning for the Mariners. He could see more playing time at second base if Wong has to miss an extended period of time.