Jose Tabata has three doubles and a homer so far in Spring Training.
Spring Training usually means two things. One is that you’ll hear a lot of stories about how a player is reviving their career. This comes in many forms. There’s the “best shape of his life” talk. Sometimes it has to do with vision (Player A got contacts, while Player B skipped that all together and got Lasik surgery). Once the Spring Training games start, the talk stems from the second product of Spring Training: small sample sizes.
We’ve got both of these things in full effect with Jose Tabata. People down here are starting to notice his production in the last week. It seems like every time I see him he’s hitting a double, or he’s showing some hustle. There’s probably a good reason for that. I’ve seen him start two games in the last three weeks (plus one on MLB.tv, but we’re not counting that for now), and in each game he had at least one double. So far this Spring he’s hitting for a .308/.357/.769 line…in 13 at-bat