ST. LOUIS -- Switching to second base is apparently in vogue for 2008 Brewers Draft picks. First, it was Brett Lawrie, who was a catcher when Milwaukee snagged him in the first round of last year's Draft, but he was asked to move to second over the winter. Now, second-rounder Cutter Dykstra, who had been a center fielder so far as a pro, is making the same switch, the Appleton Post-Crescent reported. The Brewers moved Dykstra from Class A Wisconsin to rookie-level Helena on Saturday and told him he'll be a second baseman from now on. Dykstra will spend the five weeks before Helena's June 23 season opener at the team's facility in Phoenix adjusting back to the infield. He played shortstop in high school.
"Middle infield has been my position my whole life," Dykstra told the newspaper. "I was getting more and more comfortable in the outfield, but coming back to second base is like coming back to my home." Dykstra, 19 and the son of former Major League outfielder Lenny Dykstra, batted .212 in 29 games for Wisconsin. Brewers roving infield instructor Garth Iorg said the position change had nothing to do with that slow start at the plate. "We just think he has more value to our organization as an infielder," Iorg told the Post-Crescent. "That's the only reason." Dykstra was replaced on Wisconsin's roster by third-base prospect Taylor Green, who missed the start of the season after undergoing left wrist surgery. Green, who presumably will be moved up to Double-A Huntsville in short order, went 4-for-5 with four RBIs in his season debut, including a two-run home run in his first at-bat. Green was one of two players Cleveland considered snagging as the player to be named later in last summer's CC Sabathia trade. Instead, the Indians chose outfielder Michael Brantley.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.