Before Thursday's Nationals vs. Phillies game, Washington outfielder Michael Morse decided to spend part of his time warming up by taking fielding practice at shortstop. He is listed at 6'5", 245 pounds but may weigh even more. He is easily the biggest player on the Nats and one of the biggest men in all of professional baseball.
But despite his size, Morse was actually drafted as a shortstop by the Seattle Mariners and, as you'll see in this video, still has some skills at the position.
The Nationals are currently without their All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond who is likely to miss another month with a torn oblique muscle. Danny Espinosa has played well in his place, but what if the team sees another middle infielder go down? Could Morse step in and play short?
The possibility would be slim as Morse isn't the svelte young infielder he used to be. Plus, manager Davey Johnson has ruled out changing the position of his stars, at least when considering hypothetical situations. Bryce Harper was drafted as a catcher, but Johnson has pretty much said it will never happen. Mark DeRosa, in fact, has recently replaced Steve Lombardozzi as the emergency backup catcher after volunteering to Johnson.
Harper himself, though, has been practicing as a catcher before recent games. Johnson said in Milwaukee the 19-year-old took the field in complete catcher's gear to practice throwing players out at second base. And on Wednesday he played catch from his knees in the outfield with Sandy Leon before the game.
Harper and Morse showcasing the skills of their former positions has me thinking, what if the Nats fielded a lineup with players playing the positions they were drafted for? Harper and Jayson Werth were both taken as catchers and Edwin Jackson was drafted as an outfielder. It won't happen, but whatever. We can dream.