I think it's pretty simple... they like him more than Tyler Nevin as a backup 1B, and they don't trust anyone else on the team to play first base. There were reports of Santander and Gunnar taking reps at first but nothing saying that the results were passable. I'm guessing they didn't like what they saw.
Great contributions at the MLB level from top prospects this year....Adley, Gunner of course, but Stowers, Vavra playing big roles. But look what is still on the way....and soon!
Great seasons from Westburg, Norby, Ortiz, Cowser, who all finish the season at AAA with OPS > .800 on the season. Then we have Coby Mayo and Hunter Haskin at Bowie. Krjstad wasn't great at Aberdeen, but his slash line for the season was still .309/394/457/851 on the year. That's at least 7 very high end hitting prospects before you even get into the great debuts from several of the 2022 class.
Honestly I know people want to go for it in 2023, but I don't think we need to spend big money on free agent bats. Much rather invest any increased salary $$ in pitching
9th inning, tying run up at the plate against Boston RH closer Matt Barnes. Do you send up...
Austin Hays who is 0-5 against Barnes in his career, with three K's?
Cedric Mullins who is 3-8 against Barnes, and has two homers, a triple, a double, and nine RBI in his last seven games?
Hyde sends Hays up to bat and he grounds into a double play, pretty much sticking a fork in our slim chances of tying the game.