Logan Forsythe May Move to Shortstop


Logan Forsythe was drafted as a third baseman.  The Padres changed his position to second base.  Now, they may be changing it again.  It’s all about the needs of the team, and shortstop is a position in which the Padres need more depth.  Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that has been fielding grounders at shortstop this spring.

Forsythe was drafted 46th overall by the Padres in 2008.  He made his major league debut last season with the Padres splitting time between third base, second base, and a little bit of shortstop.  In his 62 games last season, Forsythe hit .213/.281/.287.  Obviously, he will need to improve on that line if he is to make the roster in the team’s 25th spot.

"The left side of the infield feels more comfortable to me than the transition to second base.  I’ve played shortstop before, but I’ve never played it regularly. It’s a little like the transition to second. It keeps me entertained."

The Padres have some depth at third with Chase Headley, Jedd Gyorko, and James Darnell.  The depth has actually forced Darnell to work on his outfield play in left to give him more versatility.  So with that in mind, the team sees Forsythe as a middle infielder rather than a third baseman.  Yet, the position he plays will not matter much if Forsythe can’t improve his offense.