- Aug 24, 2004
Depending on who signs for what, we’ll see just how much SS Kike winds up playing next year. So far Rafaela looks like he could step on as defense 1st CF IN 2024, but he seems at the very least a solid defender who can hold down spots until Mayer and Bleis develop. He can be more if he can improve his pitch recognition and plate discipline.Probably not something they can do this year, but in 2024 they could decide to play Rafaela at SS until Mayer is ready. That would still require them to have a CF, but Rafaela is a pretty good SS. He's a better CF but he's good at short.