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  1. Sam A says:

    My answer depends somewhat on how Brignac and Aybar play over the next two weeks. I’d like to see Brignac at second when Bartlett comes back because I want to see if he might be a long-term solution there, but only if he’s playing reasonably well. I like Zobrist in the OF.

    • Jessica says:

      I agree that in the next couple of weeks the answer to this question should become more apparent. Zobrist in the infield scares me a bit. I think it will depend on how Brignac does at the plate, because Aybar’s bat is pretty solid.

      • JMS says:

        Zobie was a shortstop, but he has played well anywhere he plays. Not great, but plays all positions well. He definitely was starting to become a solid right fielder with his glove the past couple of weeks, if they could just learn to call each other off on popups. With Joyce and BRIGNAC, Perez later on this year, then Jennings, Zobie has to keep hitting so he can find a permanent home. Maybe he can play everywhere on different nights, and “rest” everybody like Maddon likes, yet that way his bat is in the lineup each night.

  2. Do you think the A’s would take a do-over on the Adam Kennedy trade?

  3. Dirtbag Fan says:

    Brignac was probably on the radar to take Aki’s place next season regardless, so I’d assume they’ll give him as much playing time at 2nd as possible in order to find out whether or not he’s capable of turning potential into results.

  4. K Mac says:

    Brignac was not on the radar to take Aki’s place next season, the kid can sure light it up in Triple A but couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn last year in the bigs. With the pitching the way it is Aybar is the guy, we need as many runs as possible. Zobrist and Aybar in the line-up everyday is going to be great. Zo-Rilla should be the everyday right fielder, Willy and Reid will split time until Burrell is back and then second will be Willy’s postion if he continues to hit like he should.

    • Dirtbag Fan says:

      “couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn last year”…
      all 10 at-bats.

      Brignac is one of the top prospects in the organization, so he most def. was on the radar.

      Zobrist is not an everyday RF-er.

    • JMS says:

      Brignac is the 4th rated Rays prospect and they had him play 2nd base in spring training, he definitely is on their radar for 2nd base, but it all depends on how he handles the adjustment. For now he plays SS so we won’t see anything about 2nd base, but he may be up for good this time as a backup 2nd base or starter. Depends on Aybar..Aki was a 3rd baseman for the Rays if everybody remembers in 2007, and they converted him to 2nd base, Bartlett isn’t going anywhere so Brignac has to be converted. Here is his defensive statistics http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/iwamuak01.shtml

    • JMS says:

      Brignac is the 4th rated Rays prospect, and he spent all of spring training playing 2nd base, so yes he is on the radar. In 2007 Aki was the 3rd baseman, and was converted to 2nd base just last year by the Rays, but played so well we all forget he played 3rd in ’07. Brignac has no future as SS with Bartlett and Beckham, but 2nd base is a real possibility. Unfortunately he is playing SS so it’ll be a couple of weeks before we see, but he probably is up for good if he plays decent. Aybar has a good stick, but defense is susceptible. Brignac’s error opened that door on the 11-10 loss, but it’s his 3rd game ever, can’t be down on him too much yet. He hit .290 this year in AAA

  5. Rome says:

    This seems like a no-brainer. Brignac should get the majority of reps @ second. Why? Yes, Aybar has the bat but Brignac has more range, in my opinion. Aybar should get the most reps @ DH and be a great reserve if Pena or Longoria need a breather.

    However, with the news that Bartlett is injured, this changes everything. Brignac, in my opinion, is a better short stop then Zobrist. Why? Brignac has more range. Zobrist should be the everyday RF w/ Gross filling in when needed.

    Dillon looks to be a good “Johnny on-the spot” guy where he can play 2B, OF, 3B when called upon. Bottom line: This is going to be a interesting June. Go Rays!

    • K Mac says:

      he has more range? Common is range really going to help this ball club. Brignac might get to 10 of 10 balls compared to Aybar’s 9 of 10 but 20 bombs from second base wouldn’t be that bad either!

      • Dirtbag Fan says:

        Yes, range is exactly what pushed this team into contention last season. The Rays only ever run at success came exclusively from good defense/defensive range (coupled with great relief pitching). Good defense saves more runs than 20 homer can produce. And, just for the record Brignac has a powerful swing in its own right.

      • Rome says:

        K Mac,
        Do you want to have a winner or a pretty offense? I would rather have a guy who will get to ten out of ten balls then some who might flub-up one ball in a clutch situation. Yes, Brignac flubbed-up the DP the other night but, I feel a lot more comfortable if a ball is hit to Brignac then if a ball is hit to Aybar. Furthermore, Aybar has yet to show he has the propensity to hit 20 HRs. He hit only 10 HRs last year and the most HRs he ever hit in the minors was 15 in ’04 with AA Jacksonville. Brignac hit a total of 24 HRs in .06 between A+ and AA. Ried has shown some pop and on top of that w/ his range as fielder deserves the start over Willy Aybar. Aybar is great bench player. In a year a two, Aybar probably will be the Rays starting 1B. But right now, Brignac is, in my opinion, the way to go.

    • Dirtbag Fan says:

      Again, give me one good reason why Zobrist is a better alternative in RF than Gross?? Gross is without question the best RF-er on the roster. Bar none… and the numbers prove it.

      • Rome says:

        Dirtbag Fan,

        I agree as of right now, Gross is the better FIELDER. Remember before last year Zobrist never played in the outfield in a major or minor league game. Zobrist has better splits against lefties, over the last three major leagues seasons, then Gross. Granted, against righties, Gross is better by thirty points.

        The only time I don’t like Ben in Right field is during a communication moment where he has to call for a ball. Other then that Zobrist has impressed me how he picked up everything on the fly, no pun intended.

      • JMS says:

        Zobrist just started playing right field, he actually has been making some great plays out there. Remember how bad BJ was in CF last year at first, given time Zobie will be fine, but it’s doubtful he is going to be an everyday player in one position the way Maddon uses people. Joyce should be the RF in the future, but Gabe Gross has been way better this year than last so far, but still hope to see Joyce start soon to make that ED Jackson trade pan out.

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