Mike Morse is doing it again.
Mariners fans might remember when Morse torched the Cactus League in 2008, setting a Seattle record with his .492 average. A longshot coming into camp, he forced his way onto the roster and was to be the in a right-field platoon with Brad Wilkerson (remember him?).
The platoon didn’t last long. Morse played just five games before dislocating his shoulder trying to make a diving catch. He was out for the year, didn’t make the team in 2009, and was playing for Tacoma when the Mariners traded him to Washington on June 28 for outfielder Ryan Langerhans. And Wilkerson? He hit a weak .232 in 19 games and was released on April 30.
While Morse’s defensive skills are suspect, he has been a useful hitter for the Nationals. Last year, in 98 games (293 at-bats), he hit .289 with 15 homers, 41 RBIs and a .870 OPS.
Now he is once again lighting up spring training, this time in the Grapefruit League. Through yesterday, Morse was hitting .486 (15-for-32) with five homers and 10 RBIs for the Nationals. The upshot? He appears to have won the left field job.
If spring training stats counted, Morse might be headed to Cooperstown.