Re: Oh NO! You Dih- Ent!
posted at 6/2/2013 3:32 PM EDT
In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:
Why? Because Iggys defense far outweighs a 40 point better OBP.
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Since May 1, Drew's slash line is .253/.351/.453/.804. Defensively, he has saved the team 6 runs to date.
Saved 6 runs as compared to who?
Cost how many runs due to lack or range?
Compared to the average SS. No one is saying he is as good as Iglesias defensively, but he certainly isn't a liablility. He is currently playing well above average defensively, including in terms of range. His plus/minus runs is +8 and his RngR is +2.5 .
We both know Iggy is not going to continue to hit > .400. He may hit .250, but he'll likely carry along with that a .280 OBP. His walk rate is currently 1.8% and his BB/K ratio is 0.10.
Drew may also hit .250, but he's likely to have an OBP closer to .320 .
My point is, why be in such a rush to drop Drew and lose valuable depth at the SS position?
Using UZR for a tiny fraction of a season is not what the inventors of that metric suggest.
Drew has looked better on D than I expected, but I'm not sure I'd say better than average or to the point that he has "saved us 6 runs" in just 43 games and 380 innings.
Again, I wouldn't give Drew away for nothing, but if he heats up and his stock rises, some GM with a big need at SS or offense might overpay for him. Then I pounce.