Figgins-Lopez Switch Official
So says Geoff Baker, who got it from Wakamatsu this morning.
Various casual reports coming in from those at spring training have not been enthusiastic about Lopez at third, though it seems that he is fine with the switch and is going to be taking additional groundballs at the hot corner before and after games to get him up to speed. Bear in mind that he only played about a third as many games there as he did at second while in the minor leagues.
To get to the standard comments about this we’ve all rehashed before, part of the reasoning behind this is that Figgins has a better first step and gets to balls easier while Lopez has an arm that’s more of an asset at third than second. We’re going to have to expect a few blunders here and there early in the season as guys adjust, and put to bed any thoughts of charging, bare-handed, off-balance throws to first, but the end effect is that the defense could be stronger up the middle than it was last season, while taking a hit at one of the corners.