After struggling with durability issues in 2013, his first season with the Blue Jays, many Jays fans were left questioning Melky Cabrera and his health heading into the 2014 season. However, after stroking the ball during the Blue Jays’ 2014 spring training, Cabrera silenced all the doubters.
During the month of March, Cabrera played in 23 spring training games. Over those games, the switch-hitting outfielder registered 30 hits, 11 of which were doubles. Yes, you read that right – 11 doubles in 23 games. In a full season at that pace, Cabrera would have hit roughly 77 doubles.
To go along with those ridiculous numbers, Cabrera slashed a remarkable .405/.423/.595 while hitting one homerun and driving in 13 RBIs. To go along with his great offensive numbers, Cabrera also stole a base.
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His hot spring training carried into the regular season, as Cabrera simply raked in his second season with the Blue Jays. In 139 games, the Dominican-born slugger slashed a line of .301/.351/.458 while hitting 16 homeruns and driving in 73 RBIs.
While the player affectionately known as “The Melk Man” left the team via free agency in 2015, his 2014 spring training numbers with the Blue Jays will always remain as some of the best in franchise history.