GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When the topic of Logan Schafer's center-field talents came up Thursday morning, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke gave the versatile outfielder a lofty compliment, comparing him to five-time Gold Glove winner Steve Finley.
Like Schafer, Finley played a lot of left and right field early in his career before establishing himself as one of the game's top center fielders.
"They both have good speed, they don't have [Carlos] Gomez speed but they have great jumps, great routes and a great feel for where they are," Roenicke said. "Finley was more of a power guy but defensively, that's a real good comparison."
Roenicke added that even though Schafer is the Brewers' fourth outfielder, he considers the 26-year-old an elite defensive center fielder in the Major Leagues, saying, "I don't think there are too many better than him."
So far this spring, Schafer has played six games in left, nine in center and two in right. At the plate, he has collected 13 hits in 42 at-bats.
"A lot of times you have a guy who can go out there, but not at the level he is at," Roenicke said. "When Schafer starts at any of those positions, you know you're going to get a really good defender and he gives you a lot offensively too. It's nice to know, though, that when you put him out there, he's going to better or as good as any of the guys out there."
Last season with Triple-A Nashville, Schafer committed just three errors in 121 games.
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