Pedro Baez is making the switch from position player to pitcher.
The Dodgers were hoping Baez would develop into a power threat at third base, but the soon-to-be 25-year-old is converting to a pitcher after compiling an underwhelming .247/.308/.391 batting line over six seasons in the minors. "They put him on the mound in instructional league and that fastball is really strong," said Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. "You talk about Kenley when you see the ball come out of his hand. He hasn't been overwhelmed by thinking too much about pitching. He just sees the glove and throws it and that's kind of refreshing." It's safe to say the Dodgers would be pretty pleased if Baez enjoys similar success as Kenley Jansen, a converted catcher.