Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/31/13
To the infield Headline: Prospects have turned into veterans quickly for Seattle, but will that be a strength or weakness going forward? The infield has less new faces than the outfield heading into Spring Training, but change is still brewing in Seattle. Led by 3B Kyle Seager and 2B Dustin Ackley, the future of the Mariners groundball specialists is especially bright. SS Brendan Ryan is the presumed starter as the defensive captain, but newcomer Robert Andino will be taking some reps alongside Ryan at short to give manager Eric Wedge more options when needed. The biggest question comes at 1B, Wedge could potentially play Justin Smoak, Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales, or even Ackley at first (as he did last year to spell Smoak). After the departure of our beloved John Jaso, Jesus Montero has been given the keys to the catcher spot; let’s hope he treats it well. 3 Positives Defense It’s put up or shut up time for Dustin Ackley in 2013 (Photo: zimbio.com) Ryan and Ackley were the most ...
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