El Tanque more patient
Yasmany Tomas did not have a spring training. He started the Cactus League season 0-for-17 and then suffered a minor injury. He came back and played in a few games, but Tomas was behind the rest of the hitters.
Tomas started his 2017 season 0-for-8 with four punch-outs, but he has collected at least two hits in his last three starts. On Saturday night, Tomas had a three-hit game, including a RBI triple on a loopy curveball; he just missed a home run off the center-field wall.
Tomas is more patient to start 2017, and he has reaped the rewards. He is swinging at under 35 percent of first pitches, compared with almost 50 percent last season. Tomas has seen 3.75 pitches per plate appearance, which is also a career high.
It is early, but Tomas is getting himself into more hitter’s counts and he is pouncing on more mistakes. The Cuban native hit for a respectable average last season and hit 31 home runs, but he is knocked for being a free swinger and a pours left fielder. Tomas has shown improvement in both areas.