Mariners Position Battle Update: Utility Infielder

Jul 10, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor (1) tracks the ball during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor (1) tracks the ball during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 23, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Luis Sardinas (10) hits a single against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
May 23, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Luis Sardinas (10) hits a single against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

Luis Sardinas

The Seattle Mariners acquired the 22-year-old infielder from the Milwaukee Brewers this winter. Sardinas has wasted little time making an impact for his new club, posting a .438 batting average with 3 doubles and 5 RBI across 7 games. He has tallied 7 hits in his first 16 at bats. Sardinas has also done a nice job on the base paths, stealing 1 base so far this spring.

The switch-hitting Venezuela native has struggled at the plate during his first two seasons in the big leagues. He registered a .196/.240/.216 slash line through 36 games with the Brew Crew in 2015. Sardinas has very little power, and he has yet to hit a home run during his 230 career plate appearances. He did perform better with the Brewers Class-AAA affiliate last season, hitting .282 with 1 home run, 33 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 103 games.

Sardinas has an angular build (6’1/150 lbs.) and his glove work is considered his most valuable asset. He has experience playing second base, third base and shortstop in the big leagues. Many believe his best position is second base, but he is comfortable at all three spots. It’s interesting to note that Seattle used Sardinas in center field last week. The M’s are looking for a backup center fielder this spring, and it could really help Sardinas’ chances of making the opening day roster if he can demonstrate an ability to play the outfield.

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