It’s not uncommon for a player to field out of position during batting practice. We’ve seen several Dodgers players this year take groundballs that might not normally, and even a few infielders shagging flyballs.
Even Mookie Betts was taking groundballs at third base last year alongside Edwin Rios. The 2 Dodgers made a little bit of a competition out of it and had some fun. But seeing a pitcher do anything other than pitch on the field is always odd.
So when Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler took some grounders at shortstop on Sunday, it turned heads. Funny though, Buehler looked pretty smooth as he fielded them alongside Betts, who ended up starting at second base.
Why yes, that is Walker Buehler taking grounders at shortstop pic.twitter.com/LBMQ1fExNU
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 1, 2021
Every player has their reasoning for taking reps at different positions. Some like to get out of their element and just feel their way around the diamond, and others are just having fun. The Dodgers like to move around a ton.
Still, it was funny to see Buehler out there taking infield practice. The Dodgers went on to beat up on the Diamondbacks to earn the series win. They will head back home to face off against the Astros in a big 2-game series this week.