It is still early in the Braves spring camp, so no need to worry about anything yet, right? Players are still getting into shape and after all, the games don’t count.
That is all true, but in the case of Dan Uggla, is it already time to be concerned? Uggla is notoriously not a good spring and early season player, so we have to consider that when assessing his spring and early season performances.
But Uggla has not only struggled so far this spring at the plate, he has looked downright helpless. He has only two hits in sixteen at bats and one of those two hits was an infield hit. Uggla has yet to register an extra base hit or an RBI.
That translates into a .125 batting average with a .222 on-base-percentage and .125 slugging percentage. Not very good, but it is still early, and it is only spring. Right?
Here is where the alarms go off; Uggla has struck out TEN times in his sixteen at bats this spring. In other words, he has been over-matched at the plate.
On a positive note, Uggla has walked twice. But he’s also committed two errors in only 34 innings.
But it is still early, and after all, it is only spring. Right?