February 26, 2006

JUST MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE THE RIGHT ONE AT SS:

Team turns shortstop prospects on to other positions (Bob Finnigan, 2/26/06, Seattle Times)

[F]our of Seattle's top prospects — Mike Morse, Adam Jones, Asdrubal Cabrera and Oswaldo Navarro — have shifted off shortstop.

Morse is now regarded as a utility player at the big-league level, although long term he projects as an everyday corner outfielder or infielder if he ever taps his power potential.

Jones, a year or more from playing in Seattle, has been moved to center field, where he has drawn comparisons to Ken Griffey Jr.

Cabrera, who climbed to Tacoma last year, and Navarro, whose play in the field is probably better than anyone except Betancourt, are now primarily second basemen.

But Matt Tuiasosopo is still at shortstop and will stay there for the foreseeable future.

"You have to be careful and walk a fine line," said Benny Looper, Seattle's vice president for player development. "There is no denying Betancourt's ability to field the position with the premier shortstops. But he has to hit a bit and he has to stay healthy, so you have to be careful when you go converting the guys behind him."

Actually, all of the above are capable of playing shortstop because the organization makes sure they had enough time there to develop.

"We've made it a practice to make sure the guys are comfortable playing short or whatever their position is in the infield," Looper said. "Then we move them around so they get familiar with other spots."

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 26, 2006 12:00 AM
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That would be "YuBet" aka "Cuba".

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 26, 2006 3:43 PM
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