First base hardly Rangers' Snyder's first position

First base hardly Rangers' Snyder's first position

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brandon Snyder was at first base on Saturday afternoon against the Twins. That's because manager Ron Washington didn't need him at shortstop.

That was Snyder's original position when the Orioles made him the 13th overall pick in the 2005 Draft out of Centreville Westfield (Va.) High School. Snyder had a scholarship to play shortstop for LSU, but he decided to sign with the O's.

Most teams told Snyder they were going to draft him as a third baseman. The Orioles decided they would make him a catcher.

"I could catch and throw so they figured they could teach me to catch," said Snyder, who was one of the top high school offensive players from his Draft class.

Snyder played two years at catcher before he injured his left shoulder. When he recovered, the O's decided they had a greater need at first base, so they switched him again. That has been his primary position, although he has played third and is currently working in the outfield with Rangers coach Gary Pettis. Snyder is also doing some catching in the bullpen in case the Rangers need an emergency third catcher.

"I enjoyed catching," Snyder said. "I took a lot of pride in it. I felt I was becoming a pretty good catcher."