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  1. Under the radar, really? More like the radar pjled him up and decided it wasn’t worth reporting.

    Comment by Justin smoak teh 6org prospect — October 6, 2010 @ 10:36 am

  2. “and you have a shortstop that could arguably be the best remaining in the playoffs.”

    I read this and instantly thought it was ludicrous. Then I thought about it a while and its not as crazy as it seams. He put up the same war as jeter but with about half the PA.

    Comment by adohaj — October 6, 2010 @ 10:53 am

  3. nice name

    Comment by adohaj — October 6, 2010 @ 10:54 am

  4. I think the talk to non-tender Hardy is crazy. A defensive shortstop as solid as he is with that kind of offensive upside has to be held onto. He’s probably not going to be a 25 HR bat playing as a right-handed hitter in Target Field, and that’s fine, but he can certainly find the gaps there, hit to all fields, and hit for occasional power there with decent power on the road in more hitter-friendly parks.

    Having seen every game this year, it’s amazing how many line drives/deep flies to left come JUST short of home runs, either hitting off the top of the wall or being caught against the wall. Hardy has been a major victim of this. His HR totals won’t ever stack up to his Milwaukee days while he’s in Minnesota, but his defense holds true, and adding in 10-15 HR on top of that and posting a wOBA in the .325-.335 range is certainly attainable and worth keeping around.

    It’s odd to think of Hardy as superior to Rollins and Jeter, but this season, that may very well be the case (Twins fans should be happy it’s even debatable), and I think he’ll be able to improve upon this year going forward.

    Comment by MorneauVP — October 6, 2010 @ 11:06 am

  5. Does Hardy really have great range, or do the systems just think he does because he has such a cannon that he can play much deeper in the hole than other shortstops? That’s been my impression from watching him. He really isn’t all that quick. Either way, the result is that he gets to a ton of balls.

    Comment by cowdisciple — October 6, 2010 @ 11:52 am

  6. That’s a good question. He’s clearly not fast but maybe his arm lets him play a touch deeper. But he also doesn’t seem to have much trouble getting balls on the grass, so I don’t know the answer. But it is an interesting idea.

    Comment by Ian — October 6, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

  7. And much better defense…which is kind of the point of this article.

    Comment by Erik — October 6, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

  8. Defense at SS isn’t all about being ‘fast.’ You have to have good instincts, which is something Jack points out in Hardy having – and as a Twins fan, I can vouch for that as well.

    Comment by Erik — October 6, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

  9. Does it really matter if he has great range, or if his arm is strong enough that he can get to all of the balls anyway and we just think he does?

    By the way, that is a serious question.

    Comment by TFINY — October 6, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

  10. TFINY:

    Yes, there’s a difference. A SS with good range can compensate somewhat as he ages by moving to 2B to account for somewhat diminished foot speed/instincts. While the strong armed-SS is a good thing to have, the arm only helps if you can actually get to a ball. If the guy becomes a statue, all the arm strength in the world doesn’t help any more.

    Comment by Jon — October 6, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

  11. I don’t think you’re giving him enough credit on offense. His career line is severely depressed by his 2009 campaign. Sure, it happened, but given how short his career has been thus far I don’t think we should really give it too much weight. If you take out 2009, his career WRC+ is 103. Maybe it’s nit picking, but it seems reasonable to expect a little bit of improvement going forward.

    Comment by R M — October 6, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

  12. No talk about Juan Uribe? Yeah he probably played more 2B and 3B during the season but he put up 3.1 WAR in 575 PA. He’ll probably play at SS in the playoffs with Sanchez and 2B and Panda at 3B.

    Comment by dustygator — October 6, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

  13. Hardy is surely unloved, and it is no doubt due to his prowess on defense as opposed to offense. But I think it takes a bit off gall to call him the best post-season short stop and base that largely on defensive numbers. He is consistently strong with the glove, but the nature of defensive metrics I think limits their ability to give you a clear cut superior player the way advanced stats like OPS+ or wOBA do. If I could take any of the 8 short stops here, I would still take Jeter. Someone needs to wrestle the crown from him, and a bad season with a deflated BABIP just isn’t enough, yet.

    Comment by Cliff Lee's Changeup — October 6, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

  14. Isn’t that a excellent 3B waiting to happen? Especially if he is getting good first steps.

    Comment by AK707 — October 6, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

  15. Not if he hits like a middle infielder.

    Comment by Anon — October 7, 2010 @ 2:25 am

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