Talk to scouts around the American League and they’ll tell you Yuniesky Betancourt is among the best shortstops in the game. None will tell you he’s as good as he could be.
It’s a long list. It includes everything Betancourt does.
The Mariners want Betancourt at his best, and that could be very good indeed. On the off chance that he doesn’t respond, the Mariners this year have Plan B – Ronny Cedeno.
Betancourt likekl will keep his job, but only if he embraces the coaching he’s getting this spring. A more complete Betancourt would be a very good shortstop, indeed. No one questions his athletic ability. If, for instance, he worked as hard before a game as Adrian Beltre or Icihro Suzuki, Mariners fans might finally have the player they saw flashes of in his first few years.