Peguero puts on a power display Wednesday
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Power has never been a problem for Carlos Peguero, a point proven again Wednesday by the massive Mariners outfielder as he slugged two home runs in Seattle's 5-1 victory over the Indians.
For Peguero, the issue is finding a consistent plate approach and discipline to improve his contact rate after hitting .191 in 199 at-bats in the Majors over parts of the past two seasons.
But when the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Dominican does hit a baseball, it can go a long way. He launched a nice opposite-field home run in the third inning Wednesday off Indians starter Brett Myers, then followed it with a majestic shot to right field in the fourth off reliever Corey Kluber.
Peguero was most pleased with his opposite-field shot and he followed that with another hard-hit ball the other way in the sixth that was ruled an error on the third baseman.
"The guys hitting in front of me said he's not throwing too hard, so just try to go the other way and put a good swing on the ball and see what happens," said the 26-year-old.
Peguero is a long shot to make the 25-man roster, given the crowded outfield situation after the addition of Michael Morse, Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay to a group that already included Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Saunders and Casper Wells. But he's off to a nice start, his 2-for-4 game Wednesday putting him at .444 (4-for-9) in Cactus League play.
Manager Eric Wedge said Peguero did a better job staying tall at the plate Wednesday, which helps shorten his swing. But he acknowledged it's a long work in progress.
"I think his discipline is a little better," said Wedge. "It needs to continue to improve, but he just needs to be in a good, consistent position when that front foot gets down and he's ready to take a swing at it. He's working to try to do that."