Noting that nothing is etched in stone, manager Fredi Gonzalez did say that the batting order unveiled on Wednesday could pretty much mirror the team’s Opening Day look.
No real surprises were revealed in the order that faced the Cardinals in the Grapefruit League opener. The batting order was: Cameron Maybin (CF), John Baker (C), Hanley Ramirez (SS), Jorge Cantu (3B), Dan Uggla (2B), Jeremy Hermida (LF), Cody Ross (RF), Dallas McPherson (DH) and Gaby Sanchez (1B).
The most significant switch from last year is Ramirez moving from leadoff to third in the order. Maybin now takes over batting first.
Gonzalez said he considered dropping Ramirez to a power spot dating back to the Winter Meetings.
There still are questions regarding some spots. Sanchez has to make the team and win the first base job. If Emilio Bonifacio makes the team, he is more of a prototypical leadoff hitter. Maybin gives more of the same look that Ramirez showed the past three seasons.
Maybin is a power/speed threat.
– Joe Frisaro