It is time to update our look at who is playing where and when during spring training. In short, we can gain some insight into what Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman have in mind for the regular season by looking at how they are using the players during the spring.
The first column (“1-5″) represents the number of innings each player has played at that position in the first five innings of spring games. Playing in the first five innings typically means the team wants to see how a player does against big leaguers. And the second column (“6+”) represents playing time in the sixth inning or later. The exception is for DHs. For these players, the first column represents the number of at bats as the starting DH. The second column is the number of at bats as a substitute DH.
Players in bold are on the 40-man roster. Players in grey have been cut or were never officially in big league camp…
A few notes on the table…
- CATCHER: It seems pretty clear at this point that Jose Lobaton will be the second catcher. Chris Gimenez can play more positions, but he is not as good defensively and has not distinguished himself with the bat.
- SHORTSTOP: Yes, Joe Maddon wants the players to think they are competing for a starting position. But in reality, Reid Brignac and Sean Rodriguez will be sharing the position with a platoon.
- FOURTH OUTFIELDER: Any thought of Brandon Guyer sneaking into the picture went out the window when he was cut this week. This spot belongs to Sam Fuld.
- BULLPEN: The names to watch here are Josh Lueke and Burke Badenhop. Both are getting long looks. And if they can impress, one could sneak onto the opening day roster. Of course, this all gets muddled if Wade Davis is moved to the bullpen.