Merrifield prepared for another busy season

Whit Merrifield's defensive versatility will keep the Royals star playing multiple positions in 2020.

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February 27, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals scores in the sixth inning ahead of the tag of Pedro Severino #28 of the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Aug. 19, 2019. Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images/TNS

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Last July when Whit Merrifield entered the MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field in what was undoubtedly a benchmark moment for his career, he took over for Mike Trout as the American League’s center fielder.

The irony of the moment was that Merrifield started less than a third of his games in center last season. His defensive versatility has always been one of his biggest assets, and it’s caused Merrifield to constantly bounce around from one position to the next.

In recent years, he’s focused less on his outfield play. But Merrifield enters this season knowing his one of his primary positions, at least to start the season, will be center field. He came into spring training with a renewed emphasis on his outfield defense.

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