A manager constructs a spring training lineup with plenty of objectives in mind. First and foremost, he wants to make sure his best players get as many at-bats as possible as quickly as possible before they take a seat after four or five innings.
But a manager also uses exhibition play to try some things out and put together various lineup combinations he may envision using on a regular basis once the regular season begins.
And knowing that, it's hard to ignore the fact Matt Williams has penciled in Ian Desmond as his No. 2 hitter five times in seven total Grapefruit League games to date for the Nationals shortstop.