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  1. Im calling BS on this article. Royals last in defense? Your metrics have Escobar last at SS, which shows how bad your tools are a measuring defense. Royals have gold gloves at LF. And were in contention for a gold glove at SS, 3B, RF and C. Their CF is above league average. Their one weak spot is 2B defensively.

    Comment by Jeff — November 1, 2012 @ 11:10 am

  2. ESPN had Escobar with a positive 0.2 defensive WAR (that isn’t very good). He also second, to only Starlin Castro (yikes) in errors. His range puts him in the middle of the pack. I know metric systems are flawed, but sometimes it takes more than the eye test.

    Comment by Cory — November 1, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

  3. I would tend to agree that the Royals Defense should be better than this. Though they had Dyson playing CF for half or more of the season and he looked absolutely LOST, so I would believe that he cost them gobs of R.

    In 2011 Hosmer’s metrics had him miserable to his right. He’s by all accounts a smooth glove man so it was a bit curious. I’m not sure how he fared this season. Some article on Fangraphs or a Royals Blog looked into last year and believed that he was playing too close to the line, effectively rendering his range very tight to the line.

    Escobar is one of the best up the middle but very avg on range to his right. It’s always been known that Moose was avg to fringy defensive though the metrics had him as actually having a decent season. As good as Frenchy’s arm is in RF his jumps are horrible and surely cost more than his arm saved. Balls he should be camped under he’s playing on one hop. He’s particularly bad on balls in front of him.

    Sure Trout is great in CF and having Hunter in RF keeps the fly outs coming, but Trumbo is certainly a liability in LF.

    My takeaway here is that it would be good to see a couple seasons metrics averaged out. In addition to my unhealthy addiction to watching crappy Royals baseball, I was lucky enough to see the Angels several times in person this year and it seemed nothing ever landed in the OF and their infield D was solid if unspectacular. Metrics plus the eye test seem to be needed in making any assessment of defensive acumen.

    Comment by KCExile — November 1, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

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    Comment by mookjing881 — November 1, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

  5. How about his impact on the KC Rotation — they have some interesting arms: Hochevar, Volstad, Odorizzi and Duffy. Do you think Mendoza makes their staff out of Spring Training?

    Comment by ChuckNChino — November 2, 2012 @ 1:02 am

  6. Way too early for me to guess this off season. Hochevar may get released. The team is looking at more starters. Odorizzi may or may not start in the minors. Volstad may get released. Mendoza may or may not be in the pen. When will Duffy and Paulino return from TJS?

    The starting staff was a mess last year and it will take a while for it to work out.

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — November 2, 2012 @ 7:56 am

  7. So, judging by this data Ervin Santana may be the worst pitcher in baseball next year. Wow.

    Comment by Texas Tim — November 4, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  8. The Royals have legitimate above average to gold glove caliber players at every defensive position except pitcher and second base. Any metric that has Escobar as the 2nd worst SS is not one worth paying attention to. Especially when that same system as Mike Aviles as the 2nd best.

    Comment by Jeff — November 4, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

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