Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, August 13, 2012

Is Ben Zobrist The Rays’ New Everyday Shortstop?

Ben Zobrist is back at shortstop again tonight. Is Ben Zobrist going to be the most-days shortstop for the rest of the season?

  Even though it is his original position, there is a reason Zobrist was moved away from shortstop. He is a dependable glove, but he lacks the range necessary for that position, and has posted a negative UZR at SS in his career (gives up more runs than he saves). But let’s face it, he is not going to be any worse than what the Rays have been throwing out there. And Zobrist is going to be much better at the plate than Sean Rodriguez or Elliot Johnson. On top of that, Joe Maddon has a ton of other options at second base and in the outfield. So look for Zorilla to remain at shortstop for the rest of this season, at least on most days…YES

Thanks to Edgar.

Repoz Posted: August 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: rays

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Walt Davis Posted: August 14, 2012 at 12:11 AM (#4207753)
This year to date, b-r dislikes Johnson and puts Rodriguez average. On the other hand, it rates Johnson well above-average last year and Rodriguez average at SS (in less than a season's worth). But Zobrist has been scary bad -- -17 in 118 starts -- and he hasn't played it regularly since 2008. That said, I'm willing to believe Zobrist's bat makes up the difference but ...

What are these other options at 2B? OK, Keppinger is hitting well but never known for his glove and is just a career 96 OPS+. Ryan Roberts is 92 for his career.

I understand that Zobrist to the IF allows them to keep Joyce, Jennings and Scott all in the lineup (not awe-inspiring but better than the 2B/SS) but my gut tells me they're better off using him to fix the 2B hole rather than the SS hole and keep Keppinger in the super-sub role. Or just get Scott's bat (279 OBP) out of the lineup with Kepp.
   2. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 14, 2012 at 12:27 AM (#4207765)
If Zobrist can get 5 starts at SS, I'll be happy.
   3. Jim Wisinski Posted: August 14, 2012 at 02:41 AM (#4207806)
Zobrist is likely to get a lot of starts at SS until Keppinger cools off, especially once Longoria is playing the field regularly again.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 6-28-16
(93 - 11:38pm, Jun 28)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT: NBA Playoffs Thread 2016
(6202 - 11:37pm, Jun 28)
Last: aberg

NewsblogOTP 2016 June 27: Republican comeback after eight years? Yeah, on the baseball diamond
(642 - 11:31pm, Jun 28)
Last: Brian C

NewsblogKris Bryant has historic 3-homer, 2-double win | MLB.com
(49 - 11:09pm, Jun 28)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogMike Napoli on Twitter: "Shirt available by @108Stitches or @Indians Weds"
(2 - 10:47pm, Jun 28)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

NewsblogReport: Red Sox, Jason Groome Far Apart In Contract Negotiations « CBS Boston
(16 - 10:40pm, Jun 28)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

NewsblogSABR 46 Convention in Miami
(7 - 10:19pm, Jun 28)
Last: Foghorn Leghorn

NewsblogTexas Rangers Reaction for Monday June 27, 2016 | The Star-Telegram
(13 - 10:12pm, Jun 28)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogJose Reyes must demonstrate sincere remorse in return to Mets - NY Daily News
(136 - 10:05pm, Jun 28)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogColabello wants to clear his name
(5 - 10:03pm, Jun 28)
Last: Bote Man makes baseball fun again

NewsblogOT: 2016 Summer Soccer Thread
(1169 - 9:25pm, Jun 28)
Last: Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun)

NewsblogMarcell Ozuna having breakout season for Miami | MLB.com
(8 - 9:18pm, Jun 28)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogMets greats slam Dykstra for Davey Johnson ‘drunk’ accusations | New York Post
(13 - 8:33pm, Jun 28)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogHow Strat-O-Matic Baseball Changed My Life Forever - Culture – Forward.com
(4 - 8:25pm, Jun 28)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-28-2016
(14 - 8:17pm, Jun 28)
Last: Meatwad

Page rendered in 0.1213 seconds
47 querie(s) executed