Opposing pitchers have paid the price.
Uggla claimed his latest victim on Sunday afternoon when he helped the Braves post an 11-1 win over the Astros courtesy of his two-run homer in the first inning off Zach Duke. The blast was his sixth, giving him a career-high total in what is shaping up to be the most impressive spring of his career.
"I'm feeling good," Uggla said. "It's a nice feeling to be squaring up balls in spring. We've still got a little over a week left. I've just got to keep working and hope everything is in whack when the season starts."
Uggla had hit five home runs while batting just .206 (14-for-68) during the 2009 exhibition season. The .313 (15-for-48) batting average he owns with a little more than a week left puts him in position to better the career-best .270 (20-for-74) mark he posted in 2006, when he had to fight to make the Marlins roster as a Rule 5 Draft pick.
"He's swinging it good," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's got a good approach going right now. He's got that approach that we saw during [last year's] 33-game hitting streak."