2. The Second Base Battle
With the poor production and eventual non-tender of Jonathan Schoop, the Milwaukee Brewers second base job is once again up for grabs. Pres. of Baseball Operations David Stearns’ plan to get Schoop for a year and a half of productive play at second base did not come to fruition, and he made the smart decision to let him go.
But now the position faces uncertainty for a second straight season. That means another position battle to watch for in spring training.
The current candidates for the position are Hernan Perez, Cory Spangenberg, and Tyler Saladino. With the platoon splits of Perez and Spangenberg complementing each other, a platoon between them seems the most likely outcome.
But perhaps Tyler Saladino could go on another offensive tear, like he did shortly after he was acquired last season from the White Sox. If he gets hot at the plate, he likely earns himself a spot on the roster and possibly even the regular starting role. His splits don’t suggest he’d be good in a platoon, with slightly better numbers against lefties, but far more power against righties.
He could earn the starting job outright with Spangenberg and Perez serving as backups and utility players instead.
Or what if between Perez and Spangenberg, one of them completely dominates while the other just falls off the table? Will the Brewers stick with a platoon even though one player is playing well against both righties and lefties and the other is just struggling?
There’s a lot that could happen here. It’s definitely an important story to keep an eye on.