Maybe the most important stat during Spring Training is playing time. The positions that a player plays, the amount of playing time the players receive, and when that playing time is logged, gives us some insight into what Joe Maddon is thinking as we head towards the regular season.
Playing time is broken down to the early innings (1-5) and the later innings (6+). This is important because playing time early in the game means the player is more likely to face big league competition. And if Maddon thinks a player is ready for the big league roster, or if Maddon wants to see if a player is ready, that player will see more playing time early (our notes on the table can be found below)…
Notes on the table…
- Sean Rodriguez now leads the way with 91 innings played this spring. He has also played the most positions (5).
- James Loney is going to be the most days first baseman. But it is also clear that other players are going to rotate in depending on matchups. Four players that will be on the opening day roster have played first this spring.
- It looks like four players will see time at second base (Ryan Roberts, Kelly Johnson, Sean Rodriguez, Ben Zobrist).
- Luke Scott is going to be the main DH. But does Jack Cust have a shot at making this team? Probably not. But he seems like good insurance to have for the inevitable trip to the DL that Scott will make at some point.
- Jamey Wright is probably getting one of the final two bullpen spots. The other is likely to go to Jeff Niemann unless he is traded. At that point, Brandon Gomes would seem like the favorite.