1. Chris Taylor
With the addition of Miguel Rojas to be the veteran utility infielder, it looked like Chris Taylor was en route to being the everyday starting left fielder with James Outman in center and Mookie Betts in right.
Then Lux's ACL popped and Taylor became the team's backup shortstop. But that's not even a worry! Taylor's defensive value isn't debatable. He's one of the most versatile in all of MLB.
What fans should be worried about is his production at the plate. Taylor's production this spring has been nothing short of abysmal and it's hard to be confident in his 2023 season when he's following up his dreadful 2022 in this manner.
Taylor, who has the second-most at-bats on the team, is slashing .119/.245/.190 thus far. CT3 has recorded just five hits and six walks while striking out an alarming 20 times. For those keeping track at home, that's a 41.7% K rate for Taylor this spring.
Last season wasn't too great for Taylor, either. In 118 games he slashed .221/.304/.373 and struck out 160 times in 454 plate appearances. This slide has been happening since his All-Star first half in 2021. In the second half of the 2021 season, Taylor slashed .223/.290/.419 and struck out in 33% of his plate appearances. This is more than just a troublesome spring. This is a trend and is extremely worrisome.