Center fielder Endy Chavez knows he won't be the club's leadoff hitter if he doesn't improve his on-base percentage. Batting first last year, Chavez's percentage was just .291, compared to .347 when he batted second.
Robinson doesn't want to repeat last year's scenario with left fielder Wilkerson leading off. Robinson envisions Wilkerson batting down in the order this season to drive in runs. It's up to Chavez to reach base and keep the left-handed swinging Wilkerson in the middle of the order.
"I'm working on it, doing a lot of bunting to help my on-base percentage," Chavez said. "It's going to be tough for my hitting. I'm going to try to work more and do anything I can this year to get on base."
Once aboard, the speedy Chavez is an asset. The Venezuelan stole a team-high 32 bases last year, batted .277 with five home runs and 34 RBI and tied outfielder Terrmel Sledge with a team-high six triples. However, he only drew 30 walks.
this is what i am hoping for. wilkerson is better suited middle of the order, and personally, i'd rather have guzman farther down.
should be interesting to see what frank does.