Spring training is an opportunity for teams to put new players at new positions. Sometimes, major free-agent signings or offseason trades necessitate that players are moved to different positions if they are all going to fit in the same lineup.
This spring has not been any different, and there are many athletes who are trying to learn a new role. Offensively, the challenges are similar. Hitting the ball is the same no matter where you play in the field, but defensively, there might be major challenges that need to be addressed.
On the mound, transitioning to a different role can certainly cause a major impact. It is an entirely different mindset in the ninth inning than it is when you are starting with a clean slate in the first inning.
Today, I want to look at 10 of these transitions and see how they are going so far. Obviously, spring training is different than the regular season and our sample size might be small. But, at the very least, we will be able to get a rough idea of whether or not these ideas are going to work out well or create liabilities.