After slashing a woeful .207/.207/.276 in 29 plate appearances with the Braves and an unspectacular performance in 424 plate appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett, Brignac is changing things up in order to make himself more of a threat as a hitter. The 31-year-old journeyman will be hoping that, by becoming a switch-hitter, his manager will be less inclined to pinch hit for him later in games in order to get a favorable righty-lefty matchup. While it is a promising idea, Brignac will have to prove this spring that he can actually hack it from both sides of the plate.
Machado is primarily a shortstop who also played a little second base last season. Machado, who is out of options, is battling for a bench spot this spring. "Versatility will help, for sure," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Versatility always helps when it comes to guys that could potentially be coming off the bench." Machado could be a useful defensive option for the Tigers, but he probably won't play often enough to offer much from a fantasy perspective.
Houston's projected starting shortstop was delayed at the onset of camp after having his wisdom teeth removed, but is at full strength now. He'll sit out Monday's game before playing the next two. After that, Correa's off to the World Baseball Classic to compete for Team Puerto Rico.
Hitting out of the two-hole, Segura made an immediate impact with a line-drive double to left field in the first, eventually coming home on Nelson Cruz's three-run blast later in the frame. It was an ideal start for the offseason acquisition, who the Mariners are counting on as a formidable presence in front of Robinson Cano and Cruz near the top of the order. Given his demonstrated ability to pack the box score and the menacing pair hitting behind him, Segura could be in for an even more explosive campaign than 2016, when he compiled a whopping 68 extra-base hits with the Diamondbacks.
Bogaerts stole a career-high 13 bags last season, but feels Boston's offensive plan will need to be different without David Ortiz in the lineup. Whereas last season he would remain put when getting on base in front of Ortiz, he feels the offense may need to a bit more creative in 2017. Adding a stolen-base element to his burgeoning offensive repertoire will certainly enhance the shortstop's value.
With Adam Eaton, who started 119 games last season as Chicago's leadoff hitter, off the Washington, Anderson is being given the first crack atop the batting order in 2017. He's not an ideal leadoff hitter, as evidenced by a 27.1 percent strikeout rate and .306 on-base percentage in 2016. He's cognizant of what's needed from a leadoff hitter -- seeing more pitches, reducing strikeouts -- but Anderson said he doesn't plan to change his approach too much. White Sox manager Rick Renteria is confident in Anderson's ability to adapt, but also indicated others will get opportunities.
Gregorius' role with the team as the starting shortstop is secure, so provided the 27-year-old is able to stay healthy, his departure from the team in the spring shouldn't have much of an impact. He broke out last season with career bests in home runs (20), RBI (70), and batting average (.276), and while that still isn't in the upper echelon of the young shortstop talent that's emerged in recent years, Gregorius should provide a solid option up the middle for fantasy owners.
Andrus has been running at only 50 percent speed thus far, a precautionary measure as he eases back into action. The shortstop is already participating in all baseball activities and is expected to participate in a live game sometime within the coming month. It appears Andrus is well on the road back to full health, but it's worth monitoring the situation as spring camp progresses.
The slugging infielder and the Rays were content with Miller's deubt effort at second in live action this spring, which drew praise from manager Kevin Cash following the game. Assuming the 27-year-old locks down his new position as expected, the team will be able to deploy Matt Duffy in the shortstop role that he's comfortable in. Miller is expected to see plenty of reps at the keystone this spring in preparation for the regular season.
Beckham opened the game with a hard-hit two-bagger to center and followed it up with a triple to right-center in his next at-bat. It was a superb start for the utilty man extraordinaire, who is expected to add outfield to his expansive defensive resume during Grapefruit League play. His opening performance earned him rave reviews from manager Kevin Cash, who lauded Beckham for his aggressiveness at the plate and commented that "he looked awesome".