Dodgers make ‘Six-time GG Award-winning outfielder’ Betts full-time second baseman
Betts will be the full-time second baseman.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will make Mookie Betts their full-time second baseman for the 2024 season, MLB.com reported on Dec. 5.
Betts has been a utility player this season, splitting time between the outfield and the infield. He has played 701.2 innings in the outfield, 485 at second base and 98 at shortstop. Betts is originally a center fielder. He spent most of his time in the minors as a second baseman and didn’t play the outfield for the first time until his major league debut.
After his major league debut, he never once focused more on the infield. He occasionally played second base on a “part-time” basis, but his primary position was in the outfield. He played 8,121.2 innings in right field and 1,875.2 in center field. He played 713 innings at second base and only one year at shortstop in the big leagues, and he won six Gold Gloves in the outfield.
However, the Dodgers decided to move the Gold Glove outfielder to the infield. According to MLB.com, manager Dave Roberts said, “Betts is a Gold Glove right fielder. But given the roster, someone has to be an offensive second baseman. In right field, we have Jason Heyward. Heyward is also a Gold Glove right fielder.”
The outfield of James Outman, Heyward, and Chris Taylor could be seen as the keystone, with Betts and the returning Gavin Lux providing the offense. 보스토토 도메인
However, there are lingering concerns about Outman’s defense at second base this year, with a positive DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) but a negative OAA (Outs Above Average), and Hayward being more of a platoon player than a full-time player. Betts is a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder, but he’s more of an average infielder.
This makes sense for a team that plays so many different positions. It will be interesting to see how Betts’ “second base conversion” turns out.