Discussion

Lawrie, Profar and the second base search

Updated: April 16, 2013, 3:08 PM ET
By Keith Law

Second base is a funny position in baseball; you rarely see high draft picks spent on true second basemen, or big dollars committed to amateur second basemen in the Dominican Republic or Venezuela.

Second basemen are often converted there from shortstop, and move because they couldn't handle the more difficult position, due to lack of arm strength or trouble ranging far enough in both directions. Among last year's WAR leaders at second base (per Baseball Reference), the top six were all signed or drafted at other positions; among the top 20, only Howie Kendrick, a 10th-round pick, and Jose Altuve, signed for five figures out of Venezuela, were already second basemen when they turned pro.

Now we have several teams looking at potential conversion candidates to second base, either to fill an existing hole on their depth charts or to try to get certain bats into their lineups.

The injury to Jose Reyes has left the Toronto Blue Jays shuffling infield parts around, including the somewhat surprising decision to try Brett Lawrie out at one of his old positions: second base.

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