Long could operate out of the leadoff spot in Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Padres, and he's likely to be tried there frequently this spring, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old was a success while working out of the top of the order during a trial run near the end of last season, slashing .296/.342/.521 with nine extra-base hits (five doubles, one triple, three home runs) and nine RBI across 71 at-bats. The Mariners are therefore interested in seeing if Long can extend that success this spring, and both his minor-league career .351 on-base percentage and .333 figure during 168 major-league plate appearances last season provide reason for optimism that he could be up to the task. "I thought the key to Shed's awesome September was his ability to control the strike zone," manager Scott Servais said. "His swing decisions were outstanding and when he does that, he has really good results. He can drive the ball and there's a good chance you'll see him up there [leading off] a bunch this spring." Feb 21 12:52 am (EST)
- General manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed Long will handle the majority of playing time at second base, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
- Long went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a double, a walk and two runs in a win over the Athletics on Friday.
- Long went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run in a loss to the Orioles on Sunday. All Shed Long (L) News
2019 SEASON STATS
|Sep 29||W 3 - 1||OAK||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Sep 28||L 1 - 0||OAK||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Sep 27||W 4 - 3||OAK||4||2||1||0||0||2||1||0||1.350|
|Sep 26||L 3 - 1||OAK||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Sep 25||L 3 - 0||HOU||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Sep 24||L 3 - 0||HOU||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Sep 22||L 2 - 1||@ BAL||4||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||1.750|
|Sep 21||W 7 - 6||@ BAL||4||3||1||0||1||3||1||0||2.550|
|Sep 20||L 5 - 3||@ BAL||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sep 19||W 6 - 5||@ PIT||5||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||1.267|
There are no projections available yet please check back soon.
|Jul 6 10:07 PM vs BAL||vs ()|
|vs HP|| ||BAA||wOBA|
Oriolesvs - ()Mon Jul 06
Oriolesvs - ()Tue Jul 07
Oriolesvs - ()Wed Jul 08
Athleticsvs - ()Thu Jul 09
Athleticsvs - ()Fri Jul 10