Austin Barnes will be making his first start at second base this season in the final game of the series against Milwaukee on Sunday as the Dodgers play for the sweep of the Brewers.
Today's Dodger lineup at Brewers:
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Barnes has been the Dodgers backup catcher all season long but he has the versatility that almost no other catchers have. He can play both second and third base.
His ability to play more than just the catcher position is going to pay off for him as long as he keeps swinging such a hot bat.
In a more consistent role in 2017, Austin Barnes has proven that he can hit at the big league level. He currently boasts a .283/.394/.533 slash line, which is extremely good, especially for a guy who only sees 8-10 plate appearances every week.
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Also worth noting is that yesterday’s hero Chris Taylor has been moved up to the number three spot in the lineup. Yasiel Puig gets a scheduled day of rest.
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