Cuddyer enjoys strategizing in right field

Cuddyer enjoys strategizing in right field

MILWAUKEE -- Michael Cuddyer considers himself simply a baseball player more than he identifies with any position, although he proved Tuesday night that he can make big plays in right field.

Cuddyer's diving catch and throw to complete an eighth-inning double play was the best defensive sequence of the Rockies' 8-4 victory.

But the mental part of the game for Cuddyer trumps any physical feats. He delights in discussing the plays that didn't work out -- a sneaky attempt to throw to first from the outfield and rob Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada of a second-inning single that drove in a run, and a sixth-inning throwing error when he nearly caught Jean Segura after making too wide a turn after a single.

"I like everything about every position," Cuddyer said. "Baseball is so much more than just run, catch and throw. Last night, a guy gets a little too far off and we try to back-pick him. If it doesn't hit his helmet, he's out. I like strategy like that. Pitcher gets a hit to right. We're probably not going to throw [Carlos] Gomez out at home, so we try to throw out the pitcher at first base. I like strategy like that, thinking along with the game."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.