This year, Portland Sea Dogs catcher/first baseman Matt Spring entered his 11th season of professional baseball. The 29-year-old was drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and since then has played Minor League Baseball. At this point, many people would have already given up, but not Matt Spring. Spring is working hard to achieve his goal of playing in the big leagues.
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So far this season in 20 games Spring is hitting .250 with a pair of home runs and a .321 OBP. As of late, Spring has fared better hitting .323 with a .421 OBP in his last ten games which is always a good sign. On defense, Spring is not great at throwing runners out, but a solid choice behind the plate for a number of other reasons.
As far as a formal scouting report goes, Spring is a good power hitter. In Portland, he has been known to put some shots over the Maine Monster which is a wooden replica of the Green Monster at Fenway Park. He shows flashes of making good contact and is an aggressive hitter for the most part. On defense, Spring does not have the strongest arm, but he does not drop balls, calls a good game, is a leader, and can catch a knuckle ball.
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Arguably the best trait Matt Spring brings to the table as a player is that he is a leader and a good mentor for younger players, especially for a catching prospect like Blake Swihart. Perhaps he would make a good coach someday, but right now Spring is focusing on his own career.
No matter what happens to Matt Spring he will end up successful. Hopefully he can get a shot in the big leagues one day; not unrealistic to think given the fact Chris Coste was a 33-year-old rookie in Major League Baseball. Whatever he does, the future is bright for Spring. He is the type of guy that could become a successful manager someday, but he has to take it one step at a time.