It is always puzzling to me when reading about first base that there are several mentions of Kepler.Yes, he played some first base in the minors, but it wasn't that much...was it?But he is our best right fielder, one of the best in MLB.Yes, he does have a second position, but it is center field where he played quite a bit last year.
I don't understand the constant mention of him at first base which would see someone who isn't as good as he playing right field.I say keep one of the best right fielders in the game in right field.Look for others to cover first base.
I think it's because when you look at the bench, we don't have a LH 1B to spell Cron. Cron got over 500 ABs last year for the first time and you don't want to over expose him. I think the thought is that there will be 30-40 games at 1B for someone else and a LH hitter would be better. Also, Cave hit well last year and is a capable defensive OF - he was the regular CF last year when Buxton went down, not Kepler, so Molitor saw Cave as the better CF - and you'd like to get Cave 300+ ABs to see if his .797 OPS with 13 HRS in 300 ABs last year is for real.Add that all together and playing Cave or Kepler at 1B for 20 games makes some sense. Kepler's played there and is 4 inches taller so he seems to make more sense, although I hope that both Kepler and Cave are getting work at 1B this spring. I see 1B this year as a place to get ABs for Cron, Sano (with Gonzalez at 3B), Gonzalez (with Sano at 3B), and one of Kepler or Cave.
That probably means no room at the Inn for two or all three of Astudillo, Austin or Adrianza unless you exercise Cave's option. I think Cave's the best player of the 4 but Rocco's going to have to make that decision this spring.
Isn't it a refreshing change to be debating the merits of 4 guys who actually belong on a major league roster competing for the last 1 or 2 spots instead of wondering what long time journeyman/has been/never was is going to fill out the last couple of uniforms? I'm cautiously optimistic that this team could actually be pretty good in the field.Now if only we could do something about that pitching staff....