Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 15, 2014

Versatile lineup presents opportunities

TRAVERSE CITY — It used to be that fans who regularly attended Traverse City Beach Bums games could pretty much guess exactly what the lineup would be.

Not so anymore.

The 2014 incarnation of the Beach Bums features a plethora of versatile players who give new manager Dan Rohn a multitude of options on a daily basis.

Jose Vargas, Jovan Rosa and Yazy Arbelo will rotate between third and first, with the one who's not in the field most likely serving as the designated hitter.

But not always.

Rosa, a Frontier League All-Star last year at third base, will also see some time at catcher.

Starting second baseman Rob Benedict can also play shortstop and in the outfield, if needed. Shortstop Taylor Wrenn can play all over. Backup infielder Drew Rossi can handle second, short and outfield duties.

Vargas has played short, third and first in the past. Sean Gusrang has seen much of his time in right field the last two seasons, but has also played plenty at short and second.

Four outfielders — Cooper, Woodward, DeBlieux and Barber — can play in center. Woodward also saw time at third base last season.

"We've got eight or nine who can play three-plus positions on the field," Rohn said. "And we've got three or four that can play all nine, if we asked them to. I won't put them on the mound or behind the plate, but they probably could if they wanted to. They're already politicking for that. Vargas came up and said, 'If you need a reliever out of the 'pen, I'm always available.'"

Benedict stole 103 bases in 153 games at Wesley College, setting the program's career record, finishing in the top 10 of seven other categories.

"When everyone's versatile, you can ask anybody to do anything at any point in time," Benedict said. "That can just help a team win. At the end of the day, it's all about helping the team win a game.

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