I am all for trying new things, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. For instance, Yasiel Puig is arguably the best Right Fielder in baseball and has played CF at times, but has not played it very well. From what I have seen, he does not have good instincts in CF. In my opinion, the centerfielder should be the fastest runner. Puig isn’t, although he is faster than Pederson. Chris Taylor is the fastest outfielder on the team. He has taken to the outfield like a fish in water.
I don’t know if anyone remembers, but Chris has played 2B seven games this year and I remember thinking that he looked very uncomfortable there… almost like he didn’t belong. I looked up his career record and he has played 33 games there with a .941 FIELDING PERCENTAGE! Could he learn 2B? Probably, but I am very impressed with his ability as an outfielder.
Why move a Gold Glove RF to CF and weaken 2 positions? I am not in love with Logan Forsythe but he has a .980 fielding percentage at 2B. While he has never won a GG, he is close to that caliber and the team has played well with him in the lineup. 2B is a straight platoon this year with Utley and Forsythe. I wish Chase hit RHP better (he’s only .235), but Logan hits .303 against LHP, so at least part of the platoon works.
Where does Adrian Gonzalez play and hit?
A lot of fans are asking that question. From what I can see, it’s likely that A-Gon’s decline has been due to injury as much (or more) than aging. He has been battling back issues for several years. I do not think A-Gon will be back unless he is healthy and assuming he is healthy he could very easily be the .300 clutch hitter he used to be. The Dodgers will not bring him back to be a .250 singles hitter. So, assuming he does make it back, you also have to assume he is the 1B we used to know.
As Much as I like Cody Bellinger and his defense at 1B, the Dodgers could use A-Gon’s bat in the lineup… preferably in the #6 hole. That still leaves the #5 spot open and it has been suggested that Puig be moved there. Again, I am all for trying it, but he has thrived in the #8 spot and his psyche is always an issue. Little things have been to known to create issues with Yasiel. Moving him to 5th could be a good or a bad thing…depending upon his mindset. When you move the knucklehead, you are playing with fire… and it might backfire.
Adrian could hit #5, but I am still begging FAZ to give Henry Ramos a shot. He deserves it. He has been an absolute beast in the minors this year and while it is the “minors,” It does give us somewhat of an idea how he can do in the Show. Yes, they have to clear a spot, but he could be the LF and #5 hitter – no platoon required!