Around these parts, we occasionally poke fun at the new vogue term “super utility” player. Back in the day, players like Jose Oquendo would regularly play all positions and we don’t ever remember him being called “super.” Nowadays, if a player has more than one glove in his locker, he is a “super-utility” player. And yet nobody can explain to us what the difference is between a utility player and one that is super.
Yesterday, in our post in which we broke down spring playing time, one commenter (thanks Charles) noticed that Ben Zobrist had played every position this spring except catcher. In fact we will take it a step further…Zorilla has started a game at every position this spring except catcher. And we wouldn’t be surprised if he was third on the regular season depth chart at that position also.
That, my fellow Raysheads, is super-utility.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If there is a best-case scenario for Tommy John surgery, Jake McGee may have found it. The injury was clean and the surgery was clean and to date he hasn’t had any setbacks and there is hope his elbow will be stronger than prior to the surgery. He will start the season in June or July with Port Charlotte and hopes to work his way up to double-A by the end of the season and expects to be 100% next spring. [MLB]
- The Brewers have designated Eddie Morlan for assignment, in essence offering him back to the Rays for the fee of $25K. No decision has been made yet, but we assume he will be back with the club in a few days. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
- Looks like Karma bit JC Romero (from the WFC*) right in his cheating ass. And why is he pitching in the WBC if he is currently suspended? [Bugs and Cranks]
- The Rays Party makes a case for Jeff Niemann to be the fifth starter. [The Rays Party]
- James Shields pitched against the Twins triple-A team throwing 5.1 shutout innings, giving up only 1 hit and striking out 5. Shields needed to pitch yesterday to stay on schedule to start the opening day with normal rest. [Tampa Tribune]
- Matt Joyce also participated in the minor league game at Rays camp yesterday going 0-2 with a walk and a strike out. He said it felt great to get out on the field. [Tampa Tribune]
- 8 years ago in triple-A, Jim Hickey may have saved Brian Shouse’s career by having him throw sidearm. Now they are back together with the Rays. [St. Pete Times]