Dan Hayes at the North County Times reports that Chase Headley, Matt Antonelli, Scott Hairston, and Chad Huffman will be working out at Petco Park this week to improve (or learn) their outfield skills.
The switch-hitting Headley, a third baseman by trade, is blocked by Kevin Kouzmanoff and may get a look in left field this spring. Antonelli, who already has moved from third to second base in his brief professional career, will get some reps in center field, as will Hairston.
Quoth GM Kevin Towers:
It’s probably the biggest challenge for Headley, with him having never really played outfield at all. But if he’s able to do it he’ll be a big part of our club (this) year.
The Bill James Handbook 2008 projects Headley to hit .310/.409/.522. For the record, BJH08 projects him to have the sixth highest OBP in the big leagues behind Barry Bonds, Miguel Cabrera, Todd Helton, Ryan Howard, and Albert Pujols.
Yeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt.
CHONE has Headley at .252/.335/.392, Marcel has him at .276/.349/.427, and ZiPS has him at .264/.353/.410. That CHONE projection seems low to me, but I could see either of the other two happening.