6 Guardians hitters that are not helping themselves in Spring Training

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6. Brayan Rocchio

The other presumed front-runner for the Guardians' starting shortstop position, Brayan Rocchio, has not done much of anything to take that job as his.

Rocchio has gone just 2-20 at the plate during Spring Training. While Rocchio does not strike out at the rate as some of the other players taking part in games in Arizona (two strikeouts in 21 plate appearances), there still has been enough seen at the plate for anyone to feel remotely comfortable.

Going off his track record in the minors, the 22-year-old switch-hitting infielder seems to be more in line with the recent version of the Cleveland Guardians offense rather than the high-strikeout all-or-nothing power bats that appear in this list. While the general lack of strikeouts is definitely something that can be pointed to as a positive, the lack of hits so far is a bit concerning.

If Rocchio is somehow going to win the starting shortstop job to begin the season, he needs to start hitting, end of story. Right now, the Guardians have their two frontrunners being complete non-factors at the plate, and that is a massive problem. Of the two, Rocchio seems to have a hitting profile that can be a consistent bat in the lineup. It is now up to him to prove it.