Morse thriving with Mariners

Morse thriving with Mariners
March 20, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Former Nats outfielder Michael Morse is working his way through spring training with the Seattle Mariners in Peoria, Arizona and it sounds like he's doing pretty well, really well actually.

Morse is, in fact, hitting the cover off the ball. Through 14 spring training games Morse has six homers, tied for most in the majors. He currently holds a .333/.413/.872 split with ten runs and four walks, all in just 39 total at-bats. These are just spring training numbers, but still.

Two years ago Morse had a monster camp with the Nationals, hitting .364 with nine home runs and 18 RBI in 25 games. That surge preceded a 2011 major league season in which he hit .303 with 31 homers, 95 RBI and scored 73 runs. 

Letting Morse walk was a tough decision for the Nationals who decided to value defense and a traditional leadoff hitter over another slugging right-handed bat. That, and the Nats figured they could get something for him before he walked in free agency after this season. They were able to re-acquire pitching prospect A.J. Cole who still has major league potential.

Even so, Morse looks primed for a terrific season in Seattle. Even if the Nats' new approach works out, it could be tough seeing Morse hit .300 with 30-plus homers for another team. The Mariners already know how that feels.

Phillies' Brown also having huge spring

The Philadelphia Phillies once looked at outfielder Dominic Brown as the heir apparent to Jayson Werth in right field. He reached the majors around the time Atlanta's Jason Heyward did and was supposed to bring five-tool talent to the already booming Philly lineup. Things didn't get started off as planned for Brown over the last few years, but it appears he may still have a chance to reach his immense potential.

Up at the top of MLB spring training stats along with Morse is Brown who, arguably, is having the best spring of any major league player. Through 22 games Brown has scored 21 runs, hit six homers, and has 12 RBI to go along with a .397 average. Brown could be peaking too early, but if he can sustain this production then the Phillies' chances of contending could be profoundly improved.