D-backs’ Ketel Marte, Jake Lamb transitioning well to new positions
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – While Spring Training is the opportunity for most players to sharpen their sword for their position in preparation for the regular season, Arizona Diamondbacks’ players Ketel Marte and Jake Lamb are using this time to familiarize themselves with the new spots they’ll be playing in 2019.
Marte, former shortstop, will be taking over for A.J. Pollock in center field while Lamb, former third baseman, will be moving over to Paul Goldschmidt’s vacant spot at first base.
Manager Torey Lovullo confirmed before Friday’s game that we will be seeing Marte in the outfield going forward, with some instances of him still playing his former position on the field.
“As far as what we’re looking for are good angles, good breaks, fearless baseball that he plays on the infield,” said Lovullo in regards to the expectations for Marte. “We feel like that can transition to the outfield. And he’s giving us every indication that there’s a certain degree of comfort that he’s experiencing every single time he goes out there, whether it be in drills or whether it be in games.
“I know he expressed a little bit of nervousness or anxiety his first game and I don’t think that’s going to be the case now. So I think there’s a growth pattern that he’s going to show when it comes to comfort level, and then the things we can look at on a piece of paper or with our eyes, depending on what we have in front of us, we’ll be able to find out about his full running speed, his angles to the ball, his breaks and those are things that he’s going to prove each time he goes out there.”