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
Traderdave
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogU.S. Supreme Court asked to overturn baseball's anti-trust exemption
(20 - 9:23am, Apr 18)
Last: Rennie's Tenet

NewsblogElite Daily: What if players played for their hometown states?
(23 - 9:20am, Apr 18)
Last: Weekly Journalist_

NewsblogThe Rays’ Radical Reliever Experiment | FiveThirtyEight
(2 - 9:20am, Apr 18)
Last: BDC

NewsblogOTP - April 2015: Church, baseball, politics: Rahm and Chuy work to close the deal
(2548 - 9:15am, Apr 18)
Last: BDC

NewsblogEater: Craft Beer Line-Ups at All 30 MLB Stadiums
(27 - 9:11am, Apr 18)
Last: BDC

NewsblogThe Baseballist: Three Reasons Why Adding DH Makes Sense For NL - BaseballAmerica.com
(109 - 9:01am, Apr 18)
Last: BDC

Newsblog4-18-15 OMNICHATTER
(1 - 9:00am, Apr 18)
Last: JJ1986

NewsblogREMEMBERING THE WORST ATTENDED MLB GAME OF ALL-TIME
(44 - 8:31am, Apr 18)
Last: Hysterical & Useless

NewsblogDerek Jeter says he doesn't miss playing baseball at all and hasn't even watched | FOX Sports
(33 - 8:09am, Apr 18)
Last: GuyM

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - April 2015
(966 - 2:49am, Apr 18)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

NewsblogOT: 2015 NHL Playoff thread
(57 - 12:56am, Apr 18)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogGiancarlo Stanton becomes Marlins all-time HR leader
(41 - 12:31am, Apr 18)
Last: theboyqueen

Newsblog4-17-2015 OMNICHATTER
(207 - 12:28am, Apr 18)
Last: boteman asks Where's My Ring?

NewsblogCubs To Promote Kris Bryant
(85 - 9:18pm, Apr 17)
Last: Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors

Newsblog4-14-15 OMNICHATTER
(110 - 8:40pm, Apr 17)
Last: yo la tengo

Page rendered in 0.1697 seconds
48 querie(s) executed