The majority of Lucas Duda‘s time in the field this spring will be at first base, but he may also get some time in the outfield, Terry Collins said Friday in St. Lucie.
Collins and Sandy Alderson have repeatedly said Duda and Ike Davis will compete for the team’s staring first base job.
In the end, “If Lucas and Ike hit the way we know they can, we’ll figure out a way to get their bats in the lineup,” Collins said.
According to multiple reports, if Duda wins the starting job, Davis will either be demoted or traded. In the event Davis wins the job, Duda could be demoted, but may also stay on the big-league bench as a left-handed power bat and extra outfielder.
Davis arrived earlier this week to the team’s voluntary workouts in St. Lucie. Position player are not required to report until later next week.
“I’ve been very impressed by Ike,” Collins said. “His bat is coming through the zone better. He really looks better.”
Davis is approaching camp like he’s ‘fighting for his life,’ Collins said, in regards to what he’s seen from Davis so far in camp.
Terry Collins talks about the progress made by Ike Davis and Lucas Duda coming into spring training: