Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – With the Florida leg of spring training winding down, Troy Glaus had put together a doubles flurry to boost some gaudy spring stats for the Braves’ new first baseman.
After going 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs in Wednesday’s 10-5 win against Houston, Glaus has four doubles and five hits in his last five plate appearances.
He’s hitting .413 with a .518 on-base percentage and .522 slugging percentage in 46 at-bats this spring. But Glaus had only one extra-base hit – a double – in 14 hits before Monday.
“I didn’t have any doubt that he had power, because he shows plenty of power in BP,” general manager Frank Wren said. “I’ve loved his stroke this spring, the ability to drive the ball to different gaps.
“And talking to other general managers that have had him, they say when he’s going well he’s a doubles machine. And he’s a big, strong guy. I’ve been very happy with what we’ve seen so far.”
The former American League home-run leader still hasn’t been credited with a homer this spring, although it looked like Glaus had one Tuesday against the Yankees. Umpires reversed the initial call and ruled that his drive to center field hit off the top of the fence before bouncing back on the field.
He’s hit 37 or more homers four times in his career, and Glaus had 27 homers and 99 RBIs in 2008 for St. Louis before missing most of the 2009 season recovering from shoulder surgery.
“He’s a presence,” said catcher Brian McCann, who’s flip-flopped in the fourth and fifth spots with Glaus most of the spring, depending whether the pitcher is right-handed or left-handed.
“He’s a guy in the middle of the order that we’ve needed,” McCann said. “He hits right-handed, splits me and Chipper [Jones] up, puts together good at-bats. He takes his walks. He’s got his power, and he’s always hit with runners in scoring position through his whole career.”
Like Wren, McCann said he wasn’t at all concerned with Glaus’ lack of homers this spring.
“That will definitely come,” McCann said. “We’re all excited to have him in the middle of our lineup.”