Derek Dietrich
Marlins' Derek Dietrich (ankle) makes spring debut
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA
News: Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich made his spring debut Thursday, striking out and getting hit by a pitch in his two trips to the plate.

Dietrich was shut down in winter ball after suffering an ankle injury. He hit .228/.326/.386 with five home runs, 17 RBI and one stolen base in 158 at-bats with the Marlins last season. He'll compete for a reserve role but is blocked at second base after the team acquired Dee Gordon this offseason.


Scooter Gennett
Brewers Scooter Gennett looking to prove himself
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
News: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett knows that he must improve against left-handed pitching, per the team's official website.

"I'm very eager," said Gennett. "For me, I'm not eager about showing or proving [that I can hit lefties], but just for myself, being able to play and have fun every day and get in there every day and crack lefties. That's part of the game -- you don't want to [sit] out. It's back to what I'm used to, and I'm really looking forward to it." 

He didn't face one left-handed starting pitcher last year.  When batting against southpaw relievers in 2014, he went 4-for-39.  Gennett is 10-for-78 against lefties.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said this about Gennett's struggles.

"For me, you can't hit lefties unless you can get hit by them," Gennett said, "which means, if there's a guy throwing 97 [mph] and slinging it in there, the only way I'm going to hit him is if I stand in there willing to stay in there and wear one in the neck or the shoulder or the ribs. That's what you have to do to hit lefties. So that's the one thing I worry about -- don't be a scaredy cat and get out of the way, and I'll be all right."

Gennett, 24, has a career batting average of .300 going into his third season with the Brewers.


Alex Guerrero
Dodgers' Alex Guerrero willing to play third base
Alex Guerrero, 2B, LAD
News: Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero has been willing to learn third this spring, according to

Guerrero is in a bit of a unique position. With Howie Kendrick entrenched at second, Guerrero doesn't really have a spot in the team's infield. Due to his contract, however, the team can't just send him to the minors. Guerrero can block the move, and has already said he plans to do so if the team tries to send him down. If he can play third well, that may not be a problem.

For what it's worth, manager Don Mattingly believes Guerrero has looked better this spring. "I really do think the second year [in camp] he looks a lot different as far as being relaxed," Mattingly said. "He's swinging the bat well and he keeps improving."

The 28-year-old hit .333/.371/.621 over three minor-league levels last season. 


Jace Peterson
Braves' Jace Peterson to play both second base and shortstop this spring
Jace Peterson, 2B, ATL
News: Braves infielder Jace Peterson has the inside track to start at second base for the club this season and manager Fredi Gonzalez was impressed with his play in the spring training debut Wednesday. Peterson doubled and drew two walks in the game.

"He smoked that ball," Gonzalez said. "I like his ability and that you can run him out there at shortstop and let him play that position. We'll play him back and forth on the diamond and see what happens."

Gonzalez knows he has the ability to step in and play very soon.

"You like his baseball abilities, his makeup and his character," Gonzalez said. "He's not just a throw-in [in the trade], he's a baseball player."


David Herrera
Phillies' David Herrera does it all in Wednessday's win over Yankees
David Herrera, 2B, PHI
News: Phillies outfielder David Herrera went 3 for 4 from the plate and scored two runs in Philadelphia's 3-1 win over the Yankees Wednesday. 

Herrera is battling for a backup role in the Phillies' outfield, according to

"He stood out," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He was a sparkplug at the top of the order and did a great job with the stolen bases, getting into scoring position. He did a good job squaring up balls, hitting hard ground balls and line drives. And he was very fluid in center field."

Herrera did it all for the Phillies, also stealing three bases and Sandberg likes having that speed at his disposal.

"He did a good job getting jumps," Sandberg said. "That speed is big, especially in a close game."


Alberto Callaspo
Report: Jace Peterson may have outside shot to win 2B job
Alberto Callaspo, 2B, ATL
News: Because of he reported to camp in exceptional condition and Alberto Callaspo did not, Jace Peterson may have an outside shot at the Braves' second base job, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Wednesday.

Callaspo signed with the Braves as a free agent in December was penciled in as the starter while top prospect Jose Peraza works his way through the minors. However, if Callaspo doesn't play his way into game shape over the next month, Peterson, along with Phil Gosselin could have a crack at the position.

Peterson was traded to the Braves from the Padres in a deal that involved Justin Upton in late December. Last week, manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed to reporters that the second base gig is "wide open."


Chase Utley
Phillies' Chase Utley able to workout on Tuesday
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
News: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was able to work out on Tuesday, according to

Utley did not participate in workouts on Monday due to a sore ankle. He's expected to miss a few spring games due to the injury, but the fact that he was able to put in work on Tuesday should be seen as an encouraging sign.

The 36-year-old hit .270/.339/.407 over 589 at-bats last season. 


Rafael Ynoa
Rockies' Rafael Ynoa focusing on swing and defensive approach
Rafael Ynoa, 2B, COL
News: Rockies infielder Rafael Ynoa took advantage of his first opportunity with the team after being called up last September, but he's aware of the aspects of his game that need work if he's to stick on the major-league roster, the Denver Post reports.

"I need to work more on my swing and my approach defensively," Ynoa said. "I need to be good in all the positions in the infield. So if they need me up there, I’ll be able to do that. Because I know that will be my job."

Ynoa hit .343/.380/.463 in 67 at-bats during his 19 games with the Rockies last season. He then hit hit .293 in the Dominican winter league before shutting it down, per the team's request.


Kris Negron
Reds' Kris Negron seeking 25-man roster spot in bench role
Kris Negron, 2B, CIN
News: With a strong finish to the 2014 season, Reds utility player Kris Negron is looking to build upon his success and earn a 25-man roster spot out of spring training. 

After he was called up from the minors last July, Negron hit .271/.331/.479 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 49 appearances. If he's going to make a roster spot out of camp it will be in a bench role. 

His defensive ability certainly helps his case as he can play second base, shortstop, third base and all three outfield spots. Negron doesn't have a preference either. He just wants to be on the baseball field. 

"It doesn't matter one bit. Home sweet home is just on the field," Negron said, per "I'm still going to take advantage of every opportunity that I am given. It's the same exact mindset. Any opportunity to be on the field, any playing time, I'm going to try and take advantage of it and help the team any way I can. That's been my role my entire life. I look forward to it."


DJ LeMahieu
Rockies' Weiss: DJ LeMahieu is going to get better offensively
DJ LeMahieu, 2B, COL
News: Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu is hoping the offseason work he put in to increase his speed will pay dividends on offense this season, particularly legging out more extra-base hits, per

"We were doing sprints early in the offseason and by February I was much, much faster," LeMahieu said. "We'll see how that translates, but I accomplished my goal."

Rockies manager Walt Weiss is expecting LeMahieu to improve offensively.

"He's a guy that's going to get better and better offensively," Weiss said. "I've talked about his feel for the game and that's going to play into his offense. You're going to see his on-base [.314 career] creep up. He's going to slug more than he has [.361 career] -- not homers, but there are doubles there."


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