View Full Version : Second Base this Spring

03-10-2006, 12:44 PM
Ryan Freel is hitting .053(1 for 19), while Womack is hiting .380 (7 for 18). If this keeps up this spring, it could be very bad for the opening day lineup. :thumbdown

03-10-2006, 12:47 PM
I think I accepted that awhile ago and guess I can deal with it. Makes it much easier knowing that EE is taking care of business at 3rd. The worst thing is that I feel like Freel isnt even being given a real look at 2nd.

03-10-2006, 02:44 PM
Freel's no idiot, he knows he has no chance to get the 2nd base job, it was handed away.

But he should be putting up better numbers, I mean he is too valuable to start ;)

03-11-2006, 02:37 PM
Saturday, March 11, 2006

Second base still a mystery

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reds manager Jerry Narron said the decision on who will start at second base could go down to the last days of spring training.

"Probably so," he said. "It might go down to June or July."

Ryan Freel started at second Friday in the team's 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees. It was Freel's fourth start there. Tony Womack has started six games, Rich Aurilia one and Frank Menechino one.

Three weeks remain in spring training, and that's plenty of time for things to play out. But don't put too much emphasis on spring training stats, either.

After going 0-for-3 Friday, Freel's hitting .045. Aurilia had an RBI single in three at-bats Friday to push his average to .200. Womack didn't play, but he's hitting .389.

How much do spring stats matter?

"Not one bit for guys who've proven they are bona fide major-leaguers," Narron said.

It would appear the Reds have three or four bona fide big-leaguers vying for one position.

Coming into camp, it looked like Aurilia might play third base if Edwin Encarnacion faltered. But the way Encarnacion has played (five homers, 12 RBI in seven games), Mike Schmidt would have trouble supplanting him.

Narron continues to talk about Freel in a utility role.

"He can play second, third, all three outfield positions," Narron said. "Not only us, but all of baseball would like to have someone like that."

As for second, Narron might pick and choose, depending on the pitching matchup.

Freel and Womack are top-of-the-order guys who can run. Aurilia is more of a down-in-the-order run producer.

Womack is coming off a rough year (.249, no homers, 15 RBI in 108 games). Aurilia had a better year hitting (.282, 14 HRs, 68 RBI) than Freel (.271, four HRs, 21 RBI).

But Freel got on base more - a .371 on-base percentage, compared to .338 for Aurilia - and stole 36 bases in 46 attempts.

Look at it this way: We'll know the choice by July.

E-mail jfay@enquirer.com


03-11-2006, 02:39 PM
Publication date: 03-11-2006

With 3rd spring start, Freel stays in 2B mix
Marc Lancaster

SARASOTA, Fla. - Eleven games into the Grapefruit League season, Ryan Freel made his third start at second base Friday.

Theoretically in competition for the starting job there, the utilityman has spent most of his exhibition time in the outfield so far, with Tony Womack starting six games at second base and Rich Aurilia and Frank Menechino one each.

"Freel probably would have played more at second if (Ken Griffey Jr.) and Wily Mo (Pena) had been here," manager Jerry Narron said of his World Baseball Classic participants. "With two outfielders missing, we're just trying to make sure he's always out there on the field."

Womack appears on track to garner the most starts at second base, but the Reds aren't in a hurry to designate a starter. If they do name one player the starter, Narron said the competition probably would come down to the final days in camp.

Or, he said, "It might go down to June or July."


03-11-2006, 02:40 PM
Ryan Freel is hitting .053(1 for 19), while Womack is hiting .380 (7 for 18). If this keeps up this spring, it could be very bad for the opening day lineup. :thumbdownIf it is JNs decision then it is a fait accompli.

Narron continues to talk about Freel in a utility role.

03-11-2006, 02:45 PM
June or July?

I just hope if they do Run Womack/Aurilia out there that they are batted 8th and not 1 or 2.