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.
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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…
- SECOND CATCHER: No change here. Jose Lobabton will be the second catcher and start 60-70 games if healthy.
- BENCH: If Reid Brignac does start the season on the DL, Elliot Johnson will be on the opening day roster. If not, EJ is out of minor league options and could become a free agent.
- FOURTH OUTFIELDER: Sam Fuld will be on the DL to start the season. Many think that will open the door for Brandon Guyer. But we think the Rays will instead go with Jesus Feliciano, who can play all three outfield spots well. Of course, that becomes less important with Ben Zobrist around, and Desmond Jennings able to play center field.
- BULLPEN: As we mentioned earlier today, the final bullpen spot will almost certainly go to Burke Badenhop and Brandon Gomes looks like he is headed to the DL.