He’s wielded a hot bat all spring while continuing to make strides in left field, where Olivera was switched in the fall after playing third base in his first season in American professional baseball. He came up through the Cuban baseball ranks as a second baseman.
“I’ve been pleased,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve been pleased with his progress at the plate, and really, really pleased with him in left field. I feel comfortable with him in left field. I think still, the last thing we’re going to see from him, whether it’s a month from now or six or eight weeks from now, is the power. The home-run type power. Because he’s got gap power and puts the ball in play.”