Long was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Long put together a decent showing at the plate in big-league camp, going 6-for-22 with a home run, four RBI, a stolen base and five runs scored. After slashing .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and 56 RBI over 126 games last season with Double-A Arkansas, he'll get his feet wet with the Rainiers in 2019.
Long went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's win over Colorado.
Long has gotten off to an impressive start through the first two games of the spring, collecting a home run, two RBI and a walk through five at-bats. He's also showed a willingness to play different positions, as he manned left field Sunday for the first time in his career Sunday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "My eyes are wide open on Shed Long," manager Scott Servais said after Sunday's matchup. "I think the key is we need to give him as much versatility as possible to get that bat in the lineup. It is really a quick bat. He knows the strike zone very well. We saw him in left field today, he'll play third base [on Monday]. Second base is his natural position."
It was originally thought that Long would be headed to the Yankees in the deal that sent Sonny Gray and Reiver Sanmartin to Cincinnati, but New York turned around and dealt the second baseman to Seattle in exchange for outfielder Josh Stowers and a competitve balance pick. While Long is currently blocked in Seattle, he could easily step into a starting role if Dee Gordon is traded. At the very least, his status on the 40-man roster suggests he'll make his major-league debut in 2019. Across 126 games with Double-A Pensacola in 2018, Long hit .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and 19 steals.
Long spent the entire 2018 campaign with Double-A Pensacola, hitting .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and 19 stolen bases in 126 games. While the 23-year-old remains blocked in New York following the acquisition of DJ LeMahieu, he at least has a good chance to make his big-league debut in 2019 given his status on the 40-man roster.
Long was named to the Fall Stars roster along with teammate Taylor Trammell, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports.
Long is hitting .243/.349/.297 in the Fall League. Like teammate Taylor Trammell, the lack of power in a limited sample so far is a little disappointing, but it follows some from his production at Double-A Pensacola. At both stops, however, he's displayed a good batting eye at least.
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