“There’s an awful lot of stuff that goes into first base, because you’re responsible for the welfare of a third baseman, a shortstop, and a second baseman,” said Butterfield. “We spend a lot of time on footwork around the base, taking throws and being able to move easily, because those guys depend on him.
“Because he works so hard and wants to be that good defender and he’s a good athlete, in time I think he will be very good there.”
Farrell is impressed with Napoli’s hands and agility, a product of his time as a catcher. The Red Sox believe Napoli will be able to handle the position well.
With a month left in spring training, Napoli has time on his side. For now, he will play every other day. The one thing he knows is that first base is much easier than catching.
“Oh, yeah, 100 percent,” Napoli said.