Florida’s 2016 Spring Training Gets Underway
The “Boys of Summer” are back, and that means all the excitement of Major League Baseball’s Spring Training is returning to ballparks throughout the Sunshine State. Florida and Arizona are Spring Training headquarters for Major League teams looking to sharpen their skills and prepare for Opening Day, April 4th when most clubs will swing into action.
Here in Florida, the Grapefruit League’s first-class ballparks are scattered throughout the state. Here’s a breakdown of the 15 Grapefruit League teams and their locations:
- Oakland A’s, Champion® Stadium, Lake Buena Vista
- Baltimore Orioles, Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota
- Boston Red Sox, JetBlue Park, Fort Myers
- Detroit Tigers, Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland
- Houston Astros, Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee
- Florida Marlins, Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
- Minnesota Twins, CenturyLink Sports Complex, Lee County
- N.Y. Mets, Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie
- N.Y. Yankees, GMS Field, Tampa
- Philadelphia Phillies, Bright House Field, Clearwater
- Pittsburg Pirates, McKechnie Field, Bradenton
- St. Louis Cardinals, Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
- Tampa Bay, Charlotte Sports Park, Charlotte County
- Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin
- Washington Nationals, Nationals Park, Viera
Get Close To The Action in Gainesville, FL
This is an opportunity for fans to come out and experience all the thrills and excitement of Major League Baseball. Unlike the large major league ballparks, the smaller size of the Grapefruit League ballparks makes for a more intimate experience where you can truly get “up close and personal.” Spring Training also gives fans a chance to see some of the hottest new prospects demonstrate why they earned a coveted spot on their club’s roster.
Some of the top prospects to watch this year include Twins’ outfielder Byron Buxton, National’s pitcher Lucas Giolito, Phillies’ shortstop J.P. Crawford, Pirates’ pitcher Tyler Glasnow, Boston’s Yoan Moncada, Atlanta’s shortstop Dansby Swanson, Washington’s shortstop Trea Turner, the Marlins’ shortstop Orlando Arcia, Mets pitcher Steven Matz, The Card’s pitcher Alex Reyes, Yankees’ outfielder, Aaron Judge, Oakland’s shortstop Franklin Barreto, Detroit’s pitcher Michael Fulmer, the Jays’ outfielder Anthony Alford, the Marlins’ outfielder Brett Phillips, Tampa Bay’s shortstop Willy Adams, pitchers Blake Snell and Brent Honeywell, and the Marlins’ pitcher Tyler Kolek.
Tampa Bay Rays Set To Rebound
After an injury-plagued 2015 season which saw the Rays finishing six games out of a postseason berth, the team hopes to rebound with many key players back at full strength. Left Fielder Desmond Jennings, 1st Baseman James Loney, Pitcher Danny Farquhar, Infielder Nick Franklin, Pitcher Drew Smyly, Pitcher Matt Moore, and Pitcher Alex Cobb saw limited action last year. The Rays open the season with a four-game homestand against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field April 3-6.
Miami Marlins Pitching To Rely On Ace Fernandez
Manager Don Mattingly hopes that the reworking of the Marlins’ rotation will pay dividends this season. Free agents Wei-Yin Chen and Edward Jackson will give the Marlins’ pitching corps some needed depth. But the big question mark is how Jose Fernandez will hold up after undergoing “Tommy John” surgery in 2014. By limiting innings pitched, the club hopes to extend Fernandez’s availability late into the season. They’re also hoping that pitcher Jarred Cosart will bounce back from his inner-ear problems. The club is also looking for production from its bullpen, led by veteran A.J. Ramos, and a breakout year for speedy catcher J.T. Realmuto. After a two-game set against the Yankees to start the season, the Marlins square off against the Tigers with a two-game Marlins Park home opener April 5th and 6th.
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