Chase d’Arnaud is not a name that gets mentioned very much (at all) by fans and pundits who are discussing what to expect for the upcoming Atlanta Braves season. However, with the ability to play almost any position, he could get a shot at some playing time this year.
Chase d’Arnaud is a utility guy. Plain and simple. He’s not Ben Zobrist or even Brock Holt, but he’s a guy that the Atlanta Braves can and have plugged in for a resting or injured player. He will most likely spend the 2017 season doing the same thing.
It’s hard to call Chase d’Arnaud’s 2016 season a disappointment because there were literally no expectations for him going into the season. Before last season, he had a career grand-total of 166 at-bats. He was 29 on Opening Day.
In 2016, d’Arnaud was primarily the backup shortstop and third baseman for the team, however, he played just about everywhere at least a little bit. If you go to Chase d’Arnaud’s baseball-reference.com page and look at “position,” you’ll see, “654/789.” This means that he played every single position in the field outside of pitcher, catcher, and first base.
Did he play any of them well? Not particularly. However, I do think there is some value in being able to play just about anywhere the manager asks on any given day.
If there …
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