We currently have Delino DeShields Jr. sloted for the future of 2nd base. We currently have Austin Wates set as an outfielder. At first I had no problems with this idea. We had dreams of having a tandem of Bourn and DeShields at the top of the lineup someday. With the feeling of Bourn not being here much longer growing increasingly stronger, and Jay Austin showing signs that he may not be the answer we're hoping he can be in CF, I ask you who can fill that void? Who do we know is fast enough to roam the CF of Minute Maid Park. Ok I already gave it away. DDS has been regarded as one of the fastest players in the system (which includes Mikey) since he was drafted. It would be great to have him as a lightning fast 2nd baseman but his speed and rediculous range would be wasted on a position that requires quickness over top speed. If Jay Austin cant show that he can hit enough to be promoted up to the Major League level who else do we have? I believe a switch of DDS and Austin Wates, who is a high average guy but doesn't have a ton of power (yet), would make more sense for the future of the club. As Austin Wates is similar to Jack Shuck, good average hitters lacking real power and top tier speed, both will make very servicable 4th and 5th outfielders. However, as a second baseman Wates could make a case as a starter. I think his average will stay high as he rises through the system and may tack on some power as he ages a little bit (though not the 20-30 HR's to take a corner outfield position.) His speed is probably similar to what we have now in Bill Hall and should be above average to good depending on how well his glove is learning the position. So I leave it to you. Is DDS a better fit for an infield position, such as a "Jimmy Rollins" or a "Rickie Weeks?" Could Austin Wates develop the power to hold down a corner outfield spot? Does Wates already possess the speed to cover CF?