Outside looking in
So far, Rickard has had a hot spring as a non-roster invitee, getting six hits in 12 at-bats, including three doubles and a triple. If he can keep that kind of production up, he could hit his way onto the roster, possibly replacing Slater.
Ruf has shown tremendous power in the Korean Baseball Organization the past few years. He has hit one home run so far this spring, and he may have to hit quiet a few more to make the team. He can play corner outfield and first base, which is good from a versatility standpoint, but it’s his power that will need to win him a spot on the roster.
Shaw possesses power as well, but has not proven it as of yet this spring. He will need his bat to ignite. Otherwise, he will start the year in the minors once again. His two stints in the big leagues have left quite a bit to be desired, so his future on the team is in question.
These guys still have an opportunity to make the team, but they will need to go out and earn it. Regardless, the outfield competition will be an interesting storyline to keep an eye on for the rest of spring training.