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5 Misconceptions About Ben Zobrist From Around Baseball

By Robbie Knopf
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Aug 24, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) is congratulated by designator hitter

Wil Myers

(9) after he scored a run during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2. No, Ben Zobrist Will Not Block Your Team’s Top Prospect

On a related note to the last slide, some team writers have questioned whether acquiring Zobrist is the right move because he would stand in the way of a top prospect. That doesn’t really make any sense.

The thing about Zobrist is that he can always slide over to another position or to a crazy rotation of spots. If a highly-regarded minor leaguer proves himself ready for his big club’s roster, the team could easily call him up and then worry about finding Zobrist his at-bats.

There are a lot of things that could happen to Ben Zobrist in 2015, but the odds are negligible that he winds up being a healthy player who doesn’t play every day. He will never block a prospect, and he will not be sent to the bench by one either. His bat and defense everywhere make him an extremely valuable player, and his versatility helps you get him into the lineup even if a new starting player is added to the mix.