Re: Brandon Phillips Batting 2nd
Here are some interesting stats on this point.
Phillips was 40th among qualified major league hitters in ground ball rate last year. (Choo was 27th, Stubbs was 20th).
Phillips is also a pretty good contact hitter, he made contact 81.5 percent of the time, above average.
I don't think Phillips gets out of the box too well and his grounders do turn into DPs often. However, he won't K much, and if he goes to right field we could see some very fine hit and run plays with Choo on first.
Another candidate longer term to hit second is Cozart. Yes, I know, he had a bad OBP last year. But he makes a lot of contact, even more than BP last year (83.5% rate) and with adjustments and time I could see him developing into that spot. Not yet though.
Other than Hanigan, Phillips had the lowest K rate among regulars, around 12 percent, which should also help.
I guess the issue is having a contact hitter with a lot of ground balls hitting second, behind a good lead off man. Good things can happen, Dusty will go wild with the hit and run, but there will be DPs.
My advice to BP is "hit 'em where they ain't."