5 years ago

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Manny Machado will concentrate solely on third base during the spring, and would not be considered as the backup option at shortstop should anything happen to J.J. Hardy.

A shortstop by trade, Machado made an impact as a 20-year-old rookie while manning the hot corner in 2012. While he isn't fully used to, or comfortable with the position yet, Machado has been working hard to improve his overall defense there. While expectations should be tempered from a fantasy perspective for 2012, Machado is developing into one of the brighter young stars in all of baseball.