June 22, 2021

Baseball is Back! Exhibition Takeaways (Baseball Essential)

Baseball has officially returned, as the Texas Rangers kicked off spring training with a 5-4 win against the Kansas City Royals.

The game wasn’t a complete loss for the Royals, however, as they saw Ryan O’Hearn and Jorge Soler homer, while getting some encoring performances from their bullpen.

Late-February into early-March is the time of year when you hear the phrase “in the best shape of my life” rather frequently, as players report to spring training. After day one of exhibition games Royals reliever Josh Staumont looked to exemplify that phrase. Staumont threw an “immaculate inning,” which means that he faced three batters and struck out each of them on three pitches.

Staumont started the inning getting Rangers prospect Sherten Apostel swinging, followed by a foul tip strikeout of offseason acquisition Adolis Garcia. The final out of the inning was infielder Andy Ibanez, who went down swinging. While the immaculate inning is impressive enough, Staumont reached triple digits multiple times, throwing 100 mph on his first pitch of the inning and topping out at 102.

At one point, Staumont was one of the Royals top prospects after being selected in the second…

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