During the last half of 2012, the San Diego Padres utilized Logan Forsythe as their starting second baseman. However, with Jedd Gyorko expected to make the Padres roster out of spring training at second, the Padres are looking at getting Forsythe some repetitions in the outfield to keep him on the field.
Forsythe, 26, hit .275/.343/.390 last season with 6 home runs and 26 RBIs in 315 at bats across 91 games. He got most of his playing time in at second base, appearing in 81 games there, but also made appearances at third and shortstop.
If the Padres intend to use Forsythe in the outfield as well his value to the team will increase exponentially. Right now, Forsythe, like Gyorko, is a natural third baseman. However, that path is currently blocked by Chase Headley. Of course, there is always the chance that the Padres could trade Headley at some point this season, opening up the door for Gyorko at third and Forsythe at second.
Forsythe’s playing time will all depend upon his ability to produce at the plate. If he hits like he did last year then manager Bud Black will find a place for Forsythe to play. Right now the outfield consists of Cameron Maybin in center, Carlos Quentin in left, and a platoon of Will Venable and Chris Denorfia in right. Quentin appeared in only 86 games last season after tearing his meniscus, so he might require rest at regular intervals throughout the season.
Adding Forsythe to the outfield mix along with Jesus Guzman and the aforementioned starters gives Black greater flexibility when it comes time to playing matchups and resting his regulars all over the field as well as keeping a promising, young bat in the lineup.