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…
- Players in grey are on the 40-man roster. Players in cross-shading are minor leaguers that technically not in big league camp. These players are often brought over from minor league camp to help out on split-squad days.
- For those hoping Chris Giminez or Robinson Chirinos will get a shot to make the team, the early playing time suggests that is not going to happen.
- James Loney and Shelley Duncan have received almost identical playing time at first base. Leslie Anderson is playing a lot, but it is almost exclusively at the back-end of games against lesser pitching.
- Both Hak-Ju Lee and Tim Beckham are getting some early looks at shortstop.
- In the outfield, it seems pretty clear that Sam Fuld is going to be the fourth outfielder. Also, it looks like the Rays are already prepping for the arrival of Wil Myers to play right field as Matt Joyce is seeing more time in left field.
- It is still too early to look for any patterns in the bullpen.