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Zuckerman on Nats fielding
« Topic Start: October 07, 2021, 04:00:08 PM »
Zuckerman notes that some of the pitching problems came from bad fielding, especially after the deadline selloff.

(He leans on "Defensive Runs Saved". How is that made up, and how trustworthy is it?)

Quick summary: Kieboom was far worse than Castro. Alcidea was not as good as Trea. Schwarber was better than Yadiel. Bell was steady, and he improved over his play at Pittsburgh. The young catchers were much below Gomes and Avila. Soto improved on 2020. Neither Robles (-1 DRS) nor Thomas (-3 DRS) were gold glovers, but they were not terrible. Garcia might have been erratic, but he was OK.

The drop-off at third base was really evident. Starlin Castro rated 19th out of 41 major league players at the position with 2 Defensive Runs Saved before his season came to a screeching halt in July after an accusation of (and eventually suspension for) domestic violence. Carter Kieboom took over and finished with minus-8 DRS, ranking 37th out of 41 big league third basemen.

“Kieboom, adjusting to a new position, he’s got to get better,” general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday. “I’ve seen improvement in his footwork and his throwing motion, so we’ll see if he takes the next step going forward.”