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February 23, 2009

Spring Training Battles: Second Base

Filed under: General — Joe Aiello @ 8:12 pm

I don’t know that I’ve weighed in on who I’m pulling for this spring for the three spots that are up for grabs this spring. The way I see it, the three spots are CF, 2B, and 5th Starter. All are intriguing to me and I wanted to take a minute to let you know my thoughts over the next couple of days. I’m curious if you agree.

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Aaron Miles vs. Mike Fontenot

The Last Unicorn download This is probably the battle I’m most looking forward to watching because each of the different things these guys bring to the table. Miles brings the experience of batting leadoff, which would allow Lou to move Soriano down in the order. On the other hand, his bat is less than impressive and he could end up being a part time type player. Fontenot brings some extra power to the mix, but has never had an everyday job and could show his true colors when given the mix. At the same time, he could also put the kind of numbers he has put up over part time seasons over the past two years. It’s a tough call either way. In the end, I tend to lean toward the Fontenot camp simply because he’s earned his shot at the starting job by paying his dues as a bench guy and playing well in that role. He deserves the shot to play everyday and I’m pulling for him over Miles.

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  • Mastrick

    I’d like to see Fontenot have a strong spring and earn the majority of playing time (primarily against righthanded pitching.) Miles can contribute by sharing leadoff responsibilities with Theriot – he will not suffer from lack of playing time if he backs up Ramirez, Theriot and Fontenot.

    If Miles plays like his hair is on fire in the spring then give him the majority of playing time at second but for the time being I like him taking over DeRo’s role as super-sub in the infield.

  • Lizzie

    I too favor Fontenot but it’s probably just because I know him and don’t know Miles. I might like Miles once I get to know him too. Of the two, who is the better baserunner?

  • Mastrick

    Both get caught stealing, the only running they should do is on hit and runs.

  • silk

    Miles’ career OBP batting against lefties is 30 points higher than against righties, and Fontenot hasn’t hit lefties at all yet…maybe platoon ’em? I know Miles is a switch hitter…but he could primarily play against lefties and provide a nice switch-hitting bat off the bench when Fontenot starts. He can fill in at short sometimes too when Theriot needs some time off.

    Nice problem to have, in my book.

  • Mastrick

    Good point silk! I didn’t realize that Miles hit that much better against lefties, all things remaining equal a platoon of sorts might be a good idea. Absent another backup at third you have to think that Miles and Fontenot will both get some playing time there when A-Ram needs a breather and Theriot is going to need a few days off here and there.

    I like our situation in the middle infield, IMO we don’t need a specific second baseman, Piniella can play that situation AND short by ear….

  • Mr. Goofy

    Miles, his name is so much easier to say and spell.

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