Nathan Orf, Milwaukee Brewers prospect, plays all nine positions


Nathan Orf, a minor league prospect for the Milwaukee Brewers, did something rarely seen in a baseball game: Orf played all nine positions in the same game.  He started the game for the Class-A Brevard County Manatees behind the plate before moving around the infield.  Orf went from first base, to second base, to third base, and then shortstop.  He then played all three outfield positions going from left to center to right.

Orf finished his feat by pitching to the first batter in the ninth inning.  He induced a ground out from Nick Baligod before being removed from the game by manager Joe Ayrault.

The Manatees lost the game to the Dunedin Blue Jays 7-3 at Space Coast Stadium, but Orf became the first minor leaguer to play all nine positions in a game since Justin Toole in 2012.  The accomplishment is even more rare at the Major League level as only five players have managed to achieve it.

At the plate, Orf was 0-2 with a walk.  He had 1/3 of an inning pitched with no hits or walks given up to have a perfect 0.00 ERA.

The Brewers’ farmhand was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Baylor University in 2013.  A player of his age (24) has a hard enough time proving his worth among teenagers and younger prospects.  Any advantage, such as being a versatile utility man, can help a player like Nathan Orf succeed, even if it was just a ploy for the last game of the season.