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
The Id of SugarBear Blanks
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: Politics, October 2014: Sunshine, Baseball, and Etch A Sketch: How Politicians Use Analogies
(3159 - 8:48pm, Oct 22)
Last: The Id of SugarBear Blanks

Newsblog2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 2 OMNICHATTER
(99 - 8:48pm, Oct 22)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogJay set for surgery — and for CF in 2015 : Sports
(3 - 8:43pm, Oct 22)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogSielski: A friend fights for ex-Phillie Dick Allen's Hall of Fame induction
(179 - 8:36pm, Oct 22)
Last: baudib

NewsblogJerome Williams re-signs with Phils
(7 - 8:33pm, Oct 22)
Last: Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama

NewsblogCardinals proud of fourth straight NLCS appearance | cardinals.com
(60 - 8:29pm, Oct 22)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - October 2014
(340 - 8:07pm, Oct 22)
Last: steagles

NewsblogHunter Pence responds to Royals fan signs with monster Game 1 | MLB.com
(54 - 7:50pm, Oct 22)
Last: JE (Jason)

NewsblogStatcast: Posey out at the plate
(11 - 7:49pm, Oct 22)
Last: Merton Muffley

NewsblogMike Scioscia, Matt Williams voted top managers
(43 - 7:45pm, Oct 22)
Last: catomi01

NewsblogHow Wall Street Strangled the Life out of Sabermetrics | VICE Sports
(5 - 7:40pm, Oct 22)
Last: Merton Muffley

NewsblogRoyals are not the future of baseball | FOX Sports
(28 - 7:11pm, Oct 22)
Last: Belfry Bob

NewsblogDealing or dueling – what’s a manager to do? | MGL on Baseball
(39 - 7:10pm, Oct 22)
Last: bobm

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread, September 2014
(873 - 7:02pm, Oct 22)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogHitting coaches blamed for lack of offense - Sports - The Boston Globe
(18 - 5:40pm, Oct 22)
Last: Bhaakon

Page rendered in 0.1883 seconds
52 querie(s) executed