And judging by the production of his top two candidates –
Hitting in the No. 5 spot, Wieters was 4-for-4 with six RBIs, including a three-run homer in the third inning off Nationals starter
"This is just about the stage of spring where the bats start catching up with some of the pitching," Showalter said. "It's usually around that 30 to 40 plate appearance spot in the spring."
"Sometimes I think he's almost feeling a little too strong," Showalter said. "I thought he pitched a little better after the first inning. He was up a little bit. I saw the command of the breaking ball get better, he kind of went to the slider a little bit more."