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Kemp getting work at 1B

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Obviously this greatly improves his chances at making the team since there's so many outfielders. This is competition between him and Cooper more than anything else.
 

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Put that revolving door over the right handed batters box and it's basically Lewis Brinson.
 

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So we have Cooper, Aguilar, Kemp, and Diaz competing now for first. This is a great development for Kemp, at least.

FanGraphs ZiPS projections for these four in 2020 (and keep in mind that ZiPS doesn't take into account playing time):

Aguilar 104+, 1.2 WAR
Cooper 98, 0.7
Kemp 95, -0.5
Diaz 83, 0.1

So Kemp has a bit of an uphill battle, considering his age, and will need to outplay probably Cooper to make the squad. Although I do like this much better than putting him in the outfield.
 

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Mattingly says Kemp will work at 1B for roster flexibility and to increase his chance of making the team BUT that he would still primarily play LF if he makes the team.
 


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