We all knew that the Minnesota Twins' middle infield would have a new look this season, with Orlando Hudson being allowed to leave and J.J. Hardy getting shipped to Baltimore, but nobody was entirely sure who would start at which spot.
Only a couple of weeks into Spring Training, it appears as though we have our answer.
"I talked to Nishioka and got him to admit that he’s more comfortable at second, and that pretty much told me what I needed. More than any of the drills, I wanted him to say something to me, and I knew it would take time. He always says, 'Whatever you want me to do.'"
The Twins are pretty excited about Nishioka thus far this spring, and hopefully he will continue to transition to the majors in a positive way. The Twins' primary acquisition this off-season, he was the leading hitter in the Japanese league last season with a .346 batting average. At this point, it appears as though he'll hit in the #2 slot, as well as play second base.