I’m not a fan of evaluating players in spring training on stats, but Raul Ibanez‘s average dropped to .054 and there is no way to make that sound good.
Ibanez made a change to his swing in the offseason and is still working on his timing which is exactly the type of thing spring training is for. So while some can’t help but ring alarm bells the potential payoff, the left handed part of a solid DH platoon, is seems to be worth some patience.
And Brian Cashman seems to be on board with patience.
“I’m just worried about us staying healthy down here right now,” Cashman told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “Veterans like (Ibanez), I’m certainly not going to make any judgments on.”
This is the way the Yankees work. When it comes to veteran ball players, they try to refrain from making judgments based on spring statistics. Now this has worked out for both the good, Freddy Garcia in 2011 and Marcus Thames in 2010, and the bad, Randy Winn in 2010.
There are a few reasons to not trust spring stats, but in Ibanez’s case he has been facing both lefties and righties when he is only going to face righties during the year. He’s clearly just trying to get his work as he adapts to a new swing and gets his timing down.
Once the season starts though, Ibanez better start hitting.