Players will qualify at new positions during the season as soon as they play 10 games at that position in the major leagues this year. In order to keep the qualification at that second position for next season, a player needs to play 20 games at that position this year.

Scoresheet will also qualify a player at a new position in week 1 before he plays 10 games at that position if that is "clearly his new PRIMARY position". The general rule of thumb for that week 1 early qualification is:

  • the player needs to start the majority of his team's games at that new position in his first week of play in the major leagues during the season;
  • the position should be the only position at which he plays; and
  • the position is the one the player is projected to be playing on a regular basis throughout the season.

At the end of the first week of the season, Scoresheet will retroactively qualify players at new positions effective for the Week 1 games if those positions are clearly going to be the new primary position throughout the season, even though no player is able to play 10 games at a position in the first week of games. After Week 1, players do not qualify at new positions until they play 10 games at that position.

Once we qualify a guy at a position we never unqualify him again that season, so we tend to be cautious - we don't qualify players before they reach 10 games played at that new position during the season unless it really appears definite that that is their new main position. But if you list a player on your week 1 lineup at a position he does not qualify at, and he does play at that position in the majors enough that it is 'clear' that is his new position, then we will qualify him there before we play the week 1 games on our computer, meaning he'd play there for you with no out of position penalty.

When we qualify a player at a new position, the Scoresheet computer system determines a fielding range for him, which is then published with that week's results.

Listed below are the players who have qualified at new positions during the 2018 season.

Week 1: 438 Gordon,De (OF 2.13); 449 Miller,Br (1B 1.85); 463 Machado,Ma (SS 4.73); 499 Beckham,Ti (3B 2.65); 505 Cozart,Za (2B 4.24); 528 Duffy(TB),Ma (3B 2.65); 424 Myers,Wi (OF 2.08); 426 Carpenter,Ma (3B 2.61); 454 Drury,Br (3B 2.65); 497 Dietrich,De (OF 2.06); 536 Marte,Ke (2B 4.22); 600 Braun(Mil),Ry (1B 1.83); 609 Kendrick,Ho (2B 4.15); 731 Flaherty,Ry (3B 2.65).

Week 2: None.

Week 3: 483 Davis,J. (1B 1.85).

Also, Jarlin Garcia can now be used as a starting pitcher even though he was listed on our short reliever list since he has now started a game in the majors this season.

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