“I don’t think I’ll answer.” (Jake Cronenworth), “I’ll have to ask the manager.” (Fernando Tatis Jr.)
The San Diego Padres held a fanfest at their home stadium Petco Park on the 5th. did. Although he was stigmatized for discovering banned substances, Fernando Tatis Jr., who is still the face of the club, has returned, and fans’ expectations are skyrocketing with the addition of a new member, Xander Bogatz. The players, who had not been together for a long time, met the reporters with bright faces and talked about various pending issues.
However, one question was not easily answered. It was a question about the defensive position this season. MLB.com predicted on the 8th (Korean time) that San Diego would organize its defensive positions this season. 안전놀이터
Cronenworth and Tatis weren’t the only ones who looked embarrassed when asked about position clearance. Director Bob Melvin has yet to give a clear answer. Reportedly, Melvin replied: “Our players just want to win. We know there could be some position changes.”
One of the three things that’s certain is that Bogaerts will be the starting shortstop. He will be a shortstop for the time being.
MLB.com said, “San Diego officials have repeatedly said that Bogatz is not insurance against Manny Machado’s departure. San Diego must capture Machado, a reserve free agent. can see,” he wrote.
Ha-sung Kim’s use of infield utility is also certain. Kim Ha-seong showed confidence, saying, “I heard that I will mainly play as a second baseman. But other positions do not matter. I will be ready for any position the manager sends out.”
Soto is likely to move to left field following Tatis’ outfield transformation. Considering the characteristics of Petco Park with a wide right middle, left fielder Soto and right fielder Tatis are the best combination.
However, there are still places that have not been set. First, it was not confirmed whether Tatis would go to the outfield. Tatis also did not let go of the infield defense during the offseason. MLB.com recommended Tatis play center field instead of Trent Grisham when Matt Carpenter entered the lineup.
Cronenworth’s position is also still uncertain, but MLB.com said, “As Kim Ha-seong’s second base appearance increases, Cronenworth is likely to play a lot as a first baseman.” may occupy it,” he predicted.