CF: David DeJesus
2B: Mark Grudzielanek
1B: Ross Gload
RF: Jose Guillen
3B: Alex Gordon
DH: Billy Butler
LF: Mark Teahen
C: John Buck
SS: Tony Pena
- DeJesus remains in the leadoff slot. As long as he's in center field, I like it. No complaints there.
- Not that we have many ideal options, but Grudzielanek better maintain a .300+ contact rate if he's truly our best #2-hitting option. I'm still pretty confident he's not, and that Teahen should be there instead. As long as the organization still views him as a power-hitter (which he's not), he's a safe bet to K 100 times, which might offset his slight advantage in OBP from that 2-hole. Still, though....Grudzielanek as #2 hitter? Kind of uncreative, if you ask me.
- I would rather have about 9 candidates from the 3-hole than Ross Gload. Yes, I know PECOTA projects a friendly .300/.350/.450 showing from our 32-year old first baseman, but that's still low from the first base side. I would rather have Teahen from this slot. Is this our best #3 option? Come on. (Where is Ryan Shealy and/or Justin Huber? Is Hillman being diplomatic to the veteran and not mentioning the other two to make them earn their job, or is this a sign of an organization's de-valuing of two viable 1B options and catering toward yet another grizzled veteran?)
- Jose Guillen fourth. No complaints there, but I would move him to LF.
- Alex Gordon from the 5-hole. OK.
- Billy Butler from the 6-hole makes little sense when you consider he is already a more talented, mature, and poised hitter than the five sitting above him in the lineup. Just place him in the #3-hole. What could he possibly have done last season to earn him a demotion in the lineup?
- Teahen from the 7-slot. Seems a bit low for me. He's our third best OBP-guy, at this point, with the possibility of being our second best. Why move a likely .360 OBP this low, power be damned?
- Buck from the 8-slot. OK.
- Tony Pena is still in the lineup. Very, very bothersome that the organization lacks the creativity to use Callaspo in this role, let alone starting him.