Thursday, March 08, 2007

La Roche Trying Outfield Too

From "Notes: Dodgers' La Roche learning OF: Prized prospect making himself more versatile for big club" by Ken Gurnick at

[Andy] La Roche's brief fling in left in a night game was in sharp contrast with James Loney's spring debut in right field the previous day game, when Loney lost sight of three catchable balls off the bat.

"When you put a player in a new position they seem to hit balls at them right away," said manager Grady Little. "I don't know if it's coincidence or the baseball gods. Sure enough, they hit a couple but he [La Roche] handled them well."

The Dodgers are experimenting with La Roche and Loney in an attempt to create more at-bats by making them more versatile defensively.