Re: Our Outfield Defense
Taveras is average, all things considered. (UZR agrees with that assessment as well, BTW.) But his fly ball tracking is horrendous and his routes to the ball are sometimes Freel-like. But his speed makes up for some serious questions. I'm guessing, with the smaller yard, Willy settles into a slightly above or below average CF.
Bruce has been decent, but no great shakes. His arm is good enough that he may lead the NL in OF assists at one point in his career. With his speed and athleticism, not to mention his work ethic, Bruce could eventually become a Gold Glover Just not yet.
LF has been the disappointment so far this season. Both Hairston and Dickerson graded out as well above average defensive players last season. Both have outstanding defensive tools, including good LF arms, speed to burn, and supple leather. Neither has shown anything remotely decent in the first 12 games this season. Dickerson look tentative and Hairston looks like a completely different player. (Way more laid back, less focused, veteran-y, old.) While Dickerson may again become aggressive, the key, IMO, for Hairston is being sharp all the time. He can't afford that lacksadasical approach.
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