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Scouting the Spring for the Mariners

Smoak looks much improved

The popular narrative this time of year is always that spring training stats are meaningless. But the manner in which those stats are achieved has value, and that is what the clubs are looking at in Arizona and Florida. I caught up with former scout and current MLB.com writer Bernie Pleskoff to get his trained scouting eye take on what he saw from the Mariners in Cactus League action this year.

It's one of the annual traditions of spring. No matter where you turn to get your baseball news about this time of year, writers will no doubt be trumpeting the fact that spring training stats have no value. Looking at stats and pointing at stats for reasons to expect improvements are a fallacy, they all say. And they aren't completely wrong. But there is a truth that lies just beneath the surface...

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