Surprise, Ariz. – Mike Moustakas claimed he felt cozy in earning his Cactus League debut Sunday at 2nd base for the Milwaukee Brewers but admitted to a newbie faux pas at the begin of the match.
“I forgot to deal with the bag on the throw down,” Moustakas claimed. “(Shortstop Orlando) Arcia was yelling me to get in excess of there and deal with the base.”
If not, it was a generally uneventful match for Moustakas as he commenced the changeover from third base to 2nd base in an exhibition match from Texas. He experienced only one opportunity, earning a great, charging play on a chopper by Nomar Mazara in the fourth inning.
“You naturally want to get the very first one out of the way,” Moustakas claimed. “I’ve been in excess of there in advance of, actively playing in the (defensive) shift. I felt cozy in excess of there currently. It felt very good.”
Moustakas claimed he is wanting forward to functioning up the center with Arcia, one of the slickest fielders at his placement in the match.
“We experienced quite very good interaction all over the match,” he claimed. “It is exciting actively playing with him.”
Moustakas claimed he has felt smooth in workout routines earning the transfers although turning double plays, as well as his feeds to the base with Arcia covering. With camp just getting cranked up, he claimed he’ll have lots of time to smooth out the rough edges.
“The a lot more and a lot more I do it, the a lot more cozy I am going to be and the greater I am going to get at it,” he claimed. “We got some wonderful coaches aiding me out ideal now.”
Moustakas claimed he has been functioning with infield coach Carlos Subero “just about every solitary working day” and expects the most important obstacle to be the place you line up on balls in the gaps, especially when in the shift.
“Which is some thing we’re all likely to have to learn jointly, who goes the place,” he claimed. “It is all new for everybody (when in the shift). Which is things we’ll all have to determine out.”
Utility infielder Hernan Perez, who has a horse in the race at 2nd base and got off to a torrid begin with seven RBI in the 10-1 romp in excess of the Rangers, claimed you in no way would know Moustakas has not played the placement.
“He appears to be wonderful there,” Perez claimed. “He is an athlete, so he is not going to have any problem in excess of there. He will do a wonderful occupation.”
Manager Craig Counsell claimed it was a very good very first outing for Moustakas and will only get greater as he plays there a lot more.
“He’s got thoughts when he comes in that he needs answered, so we’re likely by way of that process,” Counsell claimed. “‘Moose’ has been quite keen, and the work has been quite very good. Now, it is really just about match knowledge.”