Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who struggled last year batting .228 with 98 strikeouts, 49 RBIs and 17 homeruns, has been the biggest surprise for McAdam – even more so than Grady Sizemore.
“I think Middlebrooks has to go down as one of the pleasant surprises of the spring.” McAdam said. “We’ve seen this guy, in spurts, be a terrific player with great raw power from the right side. Last year was a hugely disappointing year for him. He essentially got beaten out by two rookies in the span of a couple months and spent half the season in Triple-A.
“After somewhat of a rocky start to spring training with that brutal game down in Jupiter where he made a couple of errors, strikeouts and had just a horrible day, he’s bounced back from that. He leads the team with four homers and it just looks like he’s got a better approach up there "
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