Most of spring training is waiting for it to end. Waiting for pitchers to work up their arm strength.
But every year there seems to be one storyline that makes these five weeks worthwhile.
This spring it’s Curtis Terry. The six-foot-two, two-hundred-fifty-eight-pound first baseman is turning heads. He’s doing that because he’s hitting. Which is the one thing you’d want an offense to do. And it’s one thing the offense hasn’t done for years.
Terry survived yesterday’s massive cuts. He’s hitting while one guy he is battling it out with has proven he can’t hit major league pitching, and the other guy, who they traded for, isn’t exactly building confidence. Neither are the guys slated to be designated hitters.
Terry might make the deal by default. It’s not his default Willie Calhoun or Khris Davis can’t hit.
In parts of five minor league seasons, Terry has a very respectable .291 average, with power. But, he’s only twenty-two. And he’s never played above Single-A.
Terry might not end up being a productive major league hitter. But the Rangers already have a roster full of that. At least give Terry the chance to fail. Who knows, he just might surprise us all.
If there’s a feel-good story out there to tell, it could be Curtis Terry’s.
Curtis Terry doubles and drives in two runs in yesterday’s 4-4 tie.