Two Minutes with…Ryan Flaherty

Ryan Flaherty is competing for a second base job this spring and the 27-year-old is considered the leading candidate, provided that third baseman Manny Machado is ready to start the season. (If Machado is not, things could get interesting and the versatile Flaherty could be moved to third for a bit.)

A former Rule 5 Draft pick from the Cubs, Flaherty posted a .224/.293/.390 line including 10 homers and 27 RBIs in 85 games last season. Here’s a little bit more about the Maine native, who was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs out of Vanderbilt University…

Favorite food: Lobster

Favorite movie: The Lone Survivor. [Flaherty also read the book.]

Hidden talent: I played hockey, all the way up until high school. I was a right wing.

If I wasn’t a baseball player I’d be… A coach. [Flaherty’s dad, Ed, is the head baseball coach at the University of Southern Maine.]

Favorite offseason place: Somewhere where it’s warm. Just anywhere warm.

Prized possession: My X-box.

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