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 opening day roster 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. Typically teams use their top players for the first five innings of each game. 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…
A few notes on the table…
- CATCHER: The backup spot is clearly down to Jose Lobaton and Chris Gimenez, even if Joe Maddon says publicly that Robinson Chirinos and Stephen Vogt have a shot. Vogt has received very little time behind the plate, and Chirinos is only playing against minor leaguers late in games.
- SHORTSTOP: We are heading to a platoon here even if Maddon says nothing is set. And the playing time between Reid Brignac and Sean Rodriguez (~2-to-1) is about what would happen in the regular season with a platoon.
- FOURTH OUTFIELDER: We think everybody assumed this was going to Sam Fuld. And granted, his spring got off to a slot start because of an injury. But Brandon Guyer is getting a LOT of playing time. In fact, only Jeff Keppinger has played more in the first five innings of games.
- BULLPEN: We still need another week or so before we can get a sense of motives here, but keep in mind that five or six spots are spoken for. And that becomes even more complicated if Wade Davis joins the group.