In response to dgalehouse's comment:
Some of the new stats are kind of redundant. If a shortstop has a lot of assists, he probably has good range. Either that or he knows how to position himself for the situation. Some outfielders never seem to change position from batter to batter, while others move around according to the situation . A pitcher's won/loss record in conjunction with his ERA is more telling than a stat like WHIP , which ignores extra base hits, as well as a pitcher's ability to pitch out of a jam. All in all the new stats are okay , but you really can evaluate a player from the old stats. That and watching the games. I think to some fans , fantasy baseball has replaced actual baseball.
Not necessarily true.
He could get a lot of assists because the pitching staff gives ua lot of ground balls.
Much like with RBI, it can be about opportunity.
Not to mention, a SS playing on turf would probably have fewer assists than an equivalent counterpart playing on grass. Does that make the grass SS a better defender?