We’re less than one week into the Grapefruit League schedule, but among the encouraging signs since games began is Ryan Howard’s offensive prowess.
Howard hit his first home run of the spring this afternoon. It was an opposite field shot of a guy who appeared on National League MVP ballots last fall: Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.
Howard also doubled in his first at-bat. That came off a left-hander, Braves starter Paul Maholm.
Howard has already headed back to the clubhouse, another productive day finished.