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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cubs’ defense delivering at elite level |

Chicago also boasted the NL’s DRS leader at four individual positions—first base (Anthony Rizzo, 11), second base (Javier Baez, 11), shortstop (Addison Russell, 19) and right field (Jason Heyward, 14). That defensive core should be together for some time, too, as all are 27 years old or younger.

“That’s, I think, kind of a scary part for the rest of our league,” starter Jon Lester said. “For the next however many years, before these guys get to free agency and all this other stuff, we have got a really young team that is just continuing to get better at the plate and defensively. [It] just seemed like every start they got better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 11:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, defense, statcast

Friday, October 14, 2016

Blue Jay Kevin Pillar elite Statcast fielder |

More, more, more, more. And the faster the better.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, defense, kevin pillar, sabermetrics, statcast

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Giants-Cubs Game 1: What tracking NL’s best shortstops from press box taught us

I kept my eyes where shortstops roam.
Game 1 of the the NLDS between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field ( CHC 1, SF 0) provided one the opportunity to admire the craftsmanship of the best defensive shortstops in the National League—Brandon Crawford of the Giants and Addison Russell of the Cubs.
Defensive evaluations are uncertain things, but when the numbers, the eye test, and reputation coalesce, you have something. So it is with Crawford and Russell. Having them both ply their trade in a high-stakes affair? Baseball fans like us are privileged to witness it.

fun reading from Dayn.

Meatwad Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, brandon crawford, cubs, defense, giants, short stops

Monday, September 26, 2016

Rawlings, Minors announce ‘16 Gold Glovers

Birmingham second baseman Joey DeMichele is the only repeat winner from 2015, as he registered a .990 fielding percentage in 122 games for the Barons in 2016. The fifth-year pro out of Arizona State University recorded 579 total chances and was a part of 88 double plays. DeMichele, 25, was selected by the White Sox in the third round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Pensacola shortstop Zach Vincej recorded a .991 fielding percentage in 105 games for the Blue Wahoos. Vincej, 25, who had 423 total chances and turned 54 double plays, was the only shortstop with a fielding percentage north of .985. Vincej was selected by Cincinnati in the 37th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Pepperdine University.

Reno third baseman Carlos Rivero posted a .987 fielding percentage in 110 games at the hot corner for the Aces. Rivero made just two fielding errors in 234 chances. Rivero, 28, was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians as an international free agent on May 30, 2005 out of Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2016 at 12:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, gold gloves, minor leagues, prospects

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lasers in the outfield—Infield isn’t only place where defense is shifting

When it comes to positioning their outfielders, the Yankees literally keep the information under their hats. Before each game, bench coach Rob Thomson, responsible for the outfield defense, gives Gardner, center fielder Ellsbury, right fielder Hicks and rookie outfielder Aaron Judge an index card with precise locations for each opposing hitter.

Those locations are determined by a proprietary computer program developed by the Yankees’ analytic squad, headed by David Grabiner. It takes a multitude of factors—among them the hitter’s power, his tendency to pull or not pull the ball, and his career history against the Yankees’ pitcher that night—and spits out a spray chart which places the outfielder in the optimal position to make a play.

“We have analytical assessments that show specifically where guys hit the ball,” a Yankees staffer told “I mean, it shows us exactly where guys hit the ball just about every time. And it’s hitter/pitcher specific, based on pitch velocity and location. Positioning is based on a lot of factors, including the speed of the defender.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics, technology

Thursday, July 14, 2016

BenFred: Cards have no bigger woe than problems in the field | Ben Frederickson |

I wonder what metrics the Cardinals are using.

But it’s the defense that’s been consistently suspect.

“The one thing that, through all of this, I don’t think any of us anticipated was us struggling as much as we did early on defensively,” Mozeliak said Wednesday. “I do think that had a ripple effect on our rotation, thus putting more stress on (starters).”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, defense

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Pirates Have Their Own Thoughts on Outfield Positioning | FanGraphs Baseball

The Pirates are always looking to improve.

Let’s run through a few possible explanations for why the Pirates may have mandated this shift. The first explanation is the easiest, and it might be all we really need: maybe the Pirates just thought McCutchen and the rest of the outfield was playing way too deep, regardless of particular circumstance. McCutchen was one of the most extremely positioned outfielders in the league, and any time a player is doing something that could be perceived as an outlier, it’s worth considering the motive for that behavior. Hurdle did mention that McCutchen is more comfortable coming in than going back, but evidently not so much to prevent a change.

But the more convincing explanations are those which consider the individuals at play. Like, for example, McCutchen’s never had the reputation of a strong-armed outfielder. Quite the opposite, in fact. Could be that putting McCutchen closer to the infield is a way to help mask his deficiencies with the arm. In 2014, according to data provided by Baseball Info Solutions, McCutchen had one of the worst throwing years by a center fielder on record. In 97 instances where a base-runner was deemed to have an opportunity to take an extra base on a ball hit to McCutchen, the runner did so 70 times. That 72% advancement rate was the second-worst on record by a center fielder, dating back to 2006. Only Denard Span‘s 75% advancement rate in 2009 was worse.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, pirates, sabermetrics, statcast



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