Recently on The Corner of Edgar & Dave, we made a visit down to the Mariners clubhouse to ask the bullpen the #1 query on everybody’s thoughts:
With you on the mound, what would the protection behind you appear like in case you had to construct it utilizing fellow members of the bullpen?
“Can I simply play catcher and have Muñoz pitch?” requested Matt Festa. “If no one hits the ball, we do not have to fear about who’s in the field.”
After asking all 9 members of “Los Bomberos”, we mixed their responses right into a “serviceable” beginning 9 that appears one thing like this:
According to his fellow bullpen arms, Diego Castillo’s optimum defensive place was largely cut up between catcher and heart field.
Castillo on catching:
“Oh man, I’ve by no means completed it earlier than, however yeah. If they have me at catcher, I believe I can do it.”
Murphy: That’s Hefe, that is the common proper there. He’s savvy and he is going to be searching for methods to steal outs.
Sewald: “He catches Munny every single day on flat floor with no gear, so I believe he is going to be simply superb with the remainder of us.”
Party: “Diego has some good legs again there. I’d have favored to see him in the outfield although.”
Muñoz: “The factor is, he is aware of how to catch, and the throws to second are going to be actually good.”
Boyd: “He’s going to be nice on the ball in the dust, and no one’s going to run on him.”
Brush: “I believe Diego could be nice again there. Big physique, strikes nicely, he would block all the things.”
As the sole lefty in the Mariners’ pen, Boyd was the apparent alternative for first base.
Boyd on taking part in first base:
I’m the solely lefty and I did it in school, so it is a good match.
Sewald: “We’re not in little league anymore, so there is not any left-handed shortstops. He’s bought to go to first base or the outfield.”
Party: “It’s simply pure, he picks some balls, he is bought good attain. It’s only a place for lefties.”
Swanson: “Only lefty in the pen, that is a straightforward, pure match.”
Despite his authentic needs to play catcher with Muñoz on the mound, Festa was voted to second base by his teammates.
Party on taking part in second base:
“I’m very assured up the center. If you see me play catch, me and Brash are principally doing Derek Jeter throws the total time.”
Brush: “I believe we might be dynamic up the center. The remainder of the guys make enjoyable of us for enjoying catch off steadiness and all that, however we’re prepared. We’d be plenty of enjoyable.
Murphy: “If you watch him and Brash play catch every single day, they’re doing athletic throws. They’re going to be ice chilly on the market, comfortable arms.”
Muñoz: “For me, I’d really feel good. With him and Brash, that is an excellent infield.”
With no scarcity of flashy performs on the mound this season, Matt was the apparent alternative at shortstop for the remainder of the bullpen.
Brash on taking part in shortstop:
“If the guys need me there, I’ll do my finest. I can undoubtedly make the off steadiness throws. I’ll make the exhausting performs, however miss the simple performs.”
Boyd: “Great chemistry between him and Festa up the center. Great athletes. They’re excellent up there.”
Swanson: “If you are making internet gems on the market on the mound, it is going to translate instantly to quick.”
Castle: “I do not know if I’d be assured with him again there, however out of all the guys, I believe he might help us the most.”
“They’re going to put me at first base, aren’t they?” Swanson stated prior to inserting his votes.
Swanson on taking part in third base:
“I’m at third? Yes! I believe it is going to give me some additional time to react. That additional 30 toes will make the transition from the mound to the scorching nook actually easy.”
Sewald: “Well, Swanny cannot transfer very nicely, in order that’s why I put him at third base. He’s simply gotta block it and throw it exhausting to first base.”
Party: “Swanny is an efficient physique on the market. He may undoubtedly simply eat some balls — knock ’em down, decide ’em up and throw.”
Brush: “Swanny could be superb. Bunts, hard-hit balls, he is superb. He would simply sling it throughout.”
Murphy: “I had Swanny at second. He has fast arms. I kinda had him as somewhat bit thicker DJ LeMahieu sort.”
Sewald in left field was the closest positional vote to unanimous amongst the group.
Sewald on taking part in left field:
“Not excited to have any balls hit in the direction of me in any respect. Anyone who’s seen me field will let you know that.”
Party: “Paul is not the finest with the glove. That’s why he strikes everybody out.”
Brush: “We’ve seen him shagging balls in BP, it is not nice. If not left field, we might most likely have to put him on the bench. Do we have now a DH?”
In Flex: “Left was the apparent place if we had to put him someplace. Ideally he could be DH.”
Murphy: “He’s bought an correct arm, and he is going to find a way to deal with himself in the nook. I’ve seen him catch numerous fly balls, however let’s hold him out of the infield.”
Chris barely edged out Diego for the beginning heart field job, securing 5 votes to Castillo’s 3.
Flexen on taking part in heart field:
“I used to be voted as heart fielder? I’m assured in my skill. I like to power-shag on a regular basis only for enjoyable, so I believe I’ve completed the work to be ready.”
Party: “He’s an absolute dawg on the market. Tracking down flyballs throughout BP is his operating program.”
Muñoz: “He’s actually good at shagging and he has a fantastic arm. Great match for heart.”
Boyd: “He works on his craft every single day throughout BP. Puts in the reps, and he is prepared to do no matter it takes to get higher on the market.”
Murphy: “He’s locked in. The solar would not have an effect on him. The man simply goes on the market and makes performs. His report in BP speaks for itself. He simply makes performs.”
Do 103 mph fastballs switch to the outfield? With Muñoz in proper field, baserunners will assume twice earlier than going first to third.
Muñoz on taking part in proper field:
“I really feel prefer it’s an excellent place as a result of I’ve an excellent arm, and I might be fairly fast to the ball.”
Sewald: “I’d attempt to permit base hits to proper, simply so he can throw them out at first with a 9-3 putout like we’re again in little league.”
Party: “Nobody goes first to third, no one goes second to residence. That’s lights out.”
Castle: “Nobody is advancing as a result of Muñoz throws cheese, proper?”
Brush: “I’d love to see Munny on the market. I’d love to see him throw a man out with 110 from the outfield.”
Murphy: “Fire the laser beam. Release the kraken. You know it is sitting on the market. You can take a look at it in order for you it.”
Penn obtained votes for nearly each defensive place, incomes him the tremendous utility position.
Murfee on taking part in throughout the field”
“I’m snug with it. Wherever you want me, I’m there. That was form of my profession at Vandy. I’d not put myself in the outfield although.”
Sewald:It’s only a testomony to his athletic skill. I believe he may play any place and we might be superb.”
Party: “He’s an athlete. He appears athletic, he’s athletic and he is the just one who really performed a place in D1 school ball.”
In Flex: “He’s a fantastic athlete. He’s going to get the job completed regardless of the place you set him.”