John Jaso might not be at the top of the Rays lineup after all. Ben Zobrist batted leadoff Saturday for a third straight start, and the Rays are giving serious thought to using him there during the season, at least against right-handers. Zobrist, a switch-hitter, has the most walks and the sixth-best on-base percentage (.374) in the AL over the past two seasons, and his average of 4.1 pitches per plate appearance last season was best among the Rays, though he hit only .238. "I guess it makes sense if I get on base a lot," Zobrist said. "As far as comfortability, I would say I'm more comfortable now hitting a little bit lower in the lineup than I am presently batting leadoff. But in the past, I've done a lot of leadoff hitting. And I'm not going to let it change my approach, and that's the important thing."
Rays considering using Ben Zobrist as leadoff hitter
Tampa Bay Times | Mar 13