Joel Guzman Switching Positions – Roy Smith
It was announced today that we have decided to shift Joel Guzman from shortstop to left field. When making a position change with a player, many things are considered. In Joel’s case the two most important variables are what is best for the player in order for him to reach his full potential and what is best for the team. In this case we feel that both factors are being addressed. As an organization, we feel we have depth in the infield, but not so much in the outfield. In Joel’s case, he has always played shortstop, which has enabled him to develop skills which are transferable to other positions. Shortstop requires quickness, range and arm strength, which are also attributes that you look for in an outfielder. At 6’6 and 240 pounds, we also feel that he will hit for the power that you look for at that position. We realize that Joel will need time to adjust. However given his athleticism, we feel he can become a fine Major League outfielder.
The game in Jacksonville yesterday turned out to be a showcase for our young prospects. Chad Billingsley showed flashes of the outstanding stuff that he possesses and Guzman, Delwyn Young and Andre Ethier hit home runs. It was also a chance to see Nomar Garciaparra at first base for the first time and also Bill Mueller, who hit a home run in his first at bat in a Dodger uniform. All in all, it was a great day.