There are high expectations with Yonathan daza for this upcoming 2023 Major League Baseball season, and his performance so far in the Cactus League seems to be offering a preview of what we might see from him.
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In that sense, the maracayero is the Venezuelan with the most hits so far in the exhibition games of spring training, with a total of 14 in the same number of games. In that span his average is .350, with two doubles, two RBIs, six runs scored, three walks, a .395 OBP and a .795 OPS in 43 plate appearances.
However, it is not the first time that the Venezuelan stands out in the preseason, as his superlative performance a year ago helped him have the best season of his career, as he hit above .300 points for the first time (.301 ), with 56 runs scored, 21 doubles, two homers, 34 RBIs, a .349 OBP and a .733 OPS in 113 games in 2022.
So, it should be noted that in his stay with the Rockies, Daza has proven to be a fixture to get on base, and to show it, his OBP of .342 in the last two seasons with those led by Bud Black.
He was able to hit more extra-base hits in 2022
The Aragüeño could give more of this in 2023, since he also prides himself on being a high-contact hitter and that last year he increased his attendance to hit extra-base hits. Undoubtedly, it represents an evolution in his game and in his skills as a hitter, because if he can add that skill of making forceful connections to his ability to reach the pads; We would be talking about a complete shoveler in every sense of the word and with the possibility of translating his performance into races for his team.
In the same vein, the FanGraphs ZiPs tool projects him to have a .293 average in the coming season, with 48 runs scored, 39 RBIs and an OPS of .727.