Forsythe to get 'second' look

Forsythe to get 'second' look

PEORIA, Ariz. -- If Logan Forsythe needs an example of how a position change can be a good thing, the Padres' Minor League infielder needs to look no further than teammate Chase Headley.

Headley, who was roadblocked by Kevin Kouzmanoff, moved from third base to left field in 2008 to expedite his jump to the Major Leagues. He has now returned to his natural position as Kouzmanoff is now with the Oakland A's.

Could a similar move be in store for Forsythe, a natural third baseman who has spent the last week getting work at second base in addition to third base?

The Padres haven't determined that Forsythe should make the move for good, though they plan on using him at second base in Cactus League games, if for no other reason than to get him as many at-bats as possible.

That's fine with Forsythe, 23, who was a first-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Arkansas.

"I've played all over the field. Back in college, I played a little second base. I've played mostly third base my whole life, but when I got invited to play for Team USA, I mostly played second base and the outfield," Forsythe said. "I have an idea what to expect."

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Aside from former first-round pick Matt Antonelli, the Padres don't have much depth at second base at the upper levels of their Minor League system. And the two players who figure to play that position for the Padres in 2010 are David Eckstein (35 years old) and Jerry Hairston Jr. (33).

"You always got to look at it as a good thing," Forsythe said. "That's their trying to see if you can handle a new position. You have to go in there with a good attitude and make the best of it."

The Padres feel internally that Forsythe is better suited to such a move than fellow third baseman James Darnell because of his athleticism and versatility.

For now, Forsythe -- who had a hit in his only at-bat in Thursday's 9-3 loss to the Mariners -- will simply go where he's told.

"We'll have to see. Being versatile is an asset to have. I've always been really passionate about third, but I'm willing to go wherever they put me," Forsythe said. "We will have to see where they want to put me."

It makes perfect sense that the Padres want to get a look at Forsythe's bat. He's hit .297 in his first 515 professional at-bats with 11 home runs, 61 RBIs and a .430 on-base percentage.

He split last season between Class A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio and could start the season back at San Antonio or possibly Triple-A Portland.

Corey Brock is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.