Posey, Blackmon highlight All-Two-Way Team – MLB.com

That doesn’t mean Major League Baseball is devoid of players who could succeed doing both. In fact, the sport is littered with versatile talent, and many of the best players were often the best players as amateurs, which means they played everywhere. Then as professionals, they specialized. It happened to Dave Winfield. It happened to Josh Hamilton. John Olerud. And many less heralded others.

All of which got us thinking: If you could create a lineup of two-way players, which current big leaguers would you want? Which guys have a history of doing both, even if they weren’t given the opportunity at the big league level? Who are the players you want if your bullpen played the field?

In honor of Ohtani’s imminent arrival, here is MLB.com’s ultimate two-way team, picking one player at each position who once dominated on the mound or at the plate before sticking to one specialty.

Catcher
Buster Posey, Giants
Posey wasn’t just one of the best collegiate players in the country at Florida State, he was also one of the most versatile, manning shortstop for long stretches and once playing all nine positions in one game. His coaches stopped toying with him on the mound when it became clear Posey would be a top pick as a catcher, but Posey actually worked as the Seminoles’ closer during his freshman year. He saved six games that season, allowing just one earned run in nine appearances. He pitched to two batters during his junior year, as part of the nine-position game, and struck out both of them.

Posey gets the nod here over Padres catcher-turned pitcher Christian Bethancourt, who made the transition from behind the plate to atop the mound last season.

Posey’s two-way skills

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