TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton is choosing up the place he ended the postseason final 12 months.
Healthy and arduous hitting.
The New York Yankees slugger homered in every of his first 5 playoff video games in 2020, a stretch that introduced flashbacks of his spectacular 2017 NL MVP season and hopes that a number of injury-impacted years have been behind him.
Stanton completed with six homers and 13 RBIs in seven postseason video games, together with a tricky five-game Division Series loss to the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays.
Stanton is 7 for 21 throughout spring coaching with two doubles and a homer that had an exit velocity of 115 mph. He additionally hit an 120 mph liner that was caught for an out.
“Ready to rock,” Stanton mentioned. “The time of spring where it is, can we get things going here. You refine any last bits of swing and timing and all that to be ready to go.”
The Yankees open the common season April 1 at residence in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Stanton, 31, hasn’t performed a full season since 2018 when he had 38 homers and 100 RBIs for the Yankees. That got here one season after he led the NL with 59 homers and 132 RBIs in his last 12 months with the Miami Marlins earlier than being traded to the Bronx.
“I think one of the reasons we think we have a chance to be a really good team is because of some of our great players, some of our star players that obviously we’re counting on heavily,” Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned. “Our success is tied to some of our big boys really thriving.”