MLB Spring Training: Harper’s hit checks out; Myers springs into action

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 25: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during the spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Spectrum Field on February 25, 2020 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 25: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during the spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Spectrum Field on February 25, 2020 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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MLB Spring Training Recap: March 4

Loser: Adrian Morejon, San Diego Padres pitcher

Morejon got a brief look from the Padres in 2019, and he’s back this MLB spring training, hoping to land a bullpen role. Nothing happened in his start Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals to enhance his chances.

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The first batter Morejon faced was Matt Reynolds. He singled. The second was Hunter Dozier. He homered. A ground out was followed by a base on balls, a double, two singles, and a very quick Morejon exit.

When they added it all up, the damage amounted to six earned runs on five base hits, all that is accomplished in the span of one-third of an inning. Two appearances into his Padres spring, Morejon is saddled with a 32.40 ERA.

Loser: Mike Soroka, Atlanta Braves pitcher

Are you beginning to wonder whether the words ‘sophomore slump’ mean anything to Soroka?

In 2019, Soroka was a revelation. in 29 starts as a rookie, he went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA, made the All-Star team and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting.

This spring hasn’t gone as well. In two and two-thirds innings against the Pirates, Soroka gave up three earned runs on three hits — one of them a home run — and two walks.

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It’s certainly early, but to date, Soroka’s MLB spring training ERA is 5.79.