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)…

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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.
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  1. Brianknowsbest says:

    what I find interesting, is Sam Fuld has only played centerfield.

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  2. Alex says:

    They know he can play LF along with Desmond. They need to see who can play CF as it is the more difficult position

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  3. Chris says:

    This is a terrific way to look at spring training. Keep it up.

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  4. phil says:

    Fuld is the backup...Thinking against leftys roberts plays 3rd and Longo DHs srod plays first ....unless Duncan makes the roster

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  5. Don says:

    Just got back from Rays & Blue Jays game, didn't see too much for Rays, you can forget that Ozzi pitcher, hes nothing.... Jennings looked better than 2012, Lee and Beckham no shot, Duncan hit a HR, maybe some use but where?
    Anderson bigger than I remember...give slight chance at 1st &DH if Scott/Looney folds? Archer not much chance...Pitching set....

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  6. Dave L says:

    Nice chart of what has transpired so far

    1) Everybody is just practicing

    2) Its March 1st

    3) Keep in mind everybody is just getting warmed up

    Guys who played winter ball may be more in sync and may have better timing. Its one week of practice baseball

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  7. formattefire says:

    LMAO, Don is a baseball genius! Does Don not realize that pitchers at this point are just trying to throw strikes consistently?

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    • Dave L says:

      Exactly.

      Smart pitchers are just trying to locate thier fastballs not get guys out.

      Thats why fastball hunters like SRod can be a Mr March.

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  8. Mr.Smith 1980 says:

    Interesting to see that they are taking a long look at Mark Thomas behind the plate.

    Also interesting to see that they are still trying to find a niche for Gimenez.

    Lee vs Beckham will be fun to follow for the next month.

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