Re: Which of Pete Abraham's predictions Do You Agree With?
posted at 1/7/2013 10:48 AM EST
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
In response to tom-uk's comment:
J.J. Hardy told The Baltimore SunâÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂs Dan Connolly. âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂIs he going to win a Gold Glove? No. But would I choose him to be my first baseman over a lot of guys? Yeah, I would.âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
Defensively he was a train wreck at third base, where he played in Arizona. Baltimore moved him over to first base last season and saw a dramatic change with his glove. While he wont be Kotchman at first, he became a very solid defensive player.
Those are just various articles I've sen, and I've seen others.
Joe, you should know better than to listen to announcers and JJ Hardy. Didn't announcers and other players claim Jeter was a good fielder, despite him getting to ~20% less balls.
UZR is not alone in saying MR was bad at 1B.
BB-Ref had him at -2.4 at 3B in '11, and -1.7 at 1B in '12.
The -1.7 includes 142 IPs at 3B, where he was no doubt atrocious.
The rest is hearsay, but almost everything I've heard is that he is much, much better at 1st. Lacking any reasonable sample size from other sources, I give hearsay more weight than on someone like Jeter. Seriouysly, I have seen a good many people posting commentaries on various blogs, just regular fans, saying Reynolds was good at first. The same people that thought he was a butcher at 3rd.
Mark Reynolds would have been an okay 1 yr solution; however, there are better options regardless of whether or not he plays an adequate defensive 1B.