|Fielding Bible II out|
Written by Bjoern Hartig (Contact & Archive) on March 14, 2009
Rob Neyer lets us know that the new Fielding Bible by John Dewan is out. He goes on to cite 29 of the 44 defensive misplays by Brewer's second baseman Richie Weeks listed in the book. Rob then comes up with a bold suggestion:
The Brewers currently have a first baseman (Prince Fielder) who can't play first base, a second baseman (Weeks) who can't play second base, a left fielder (Ryan Braun) who probably shouldn't play left field, and an extra young shortstop (Alcides Escobar) who should have an everyday job soon.
Problems? No! Opportunities! I suppose it's too late in the spring to trade Fielder and move Braun to first base and find a new left fielder, but eventually all these things are going to have to find their natural balance, and the Brewers will be better off if management takes an active role in that process.
I don't know about that. I remember Patrick Sullivan and Rich Lederer of The Baseball Analysts saying that Braun, much like Soriano, actually turned from a very bad infielder into an decent outfielder. Furthermore, the Brewers don't have such a strong offense that they can affort to loose Fielder if they want to go anywhere this season. They would need to get an impact pitcher (whom the Brewers need) for Fielder and I'm not seeing that.
Back to Richie Weeks. His hitting talent which scout's see in him has yet to realize itself on the field, so trading him would mean selling low, but the way he butchers balls at second is indeed alarming. If you want to move him to the outfield, why not center field? That position is currently occupied by Mike Cameron and there are some teams out there that could use a center fielder, like one certain team from NYC. They even have a pitcher to spare, so why not go there? With A-Rod out, the Yankees might be more inclined to go after Cameron than they were earlier this off-season.