Originally Posted by Homer Bailey
Cabrera isn't half as bad in the field as this board makes him out to be.
Cabrera is a good fielder - at least when he can get to a ball. He makes most of the routine plays. At one time or another, he got to quite a few balls. But those days are long gone.
According to Fangraphs, here are the plays made outside of the designated zones that shortstops are expected to make plays more than 50% of the time (by qualified shortstop)...
1. Stephen Drew (27 out of zone plays)
2. Erick Aybar (26)
3. Alex Gonzalez (25)
4. Marco Scutaro (24)
5. Ronny Cedeno (23)
21. J.J.Hardy (12)
22. Cliff Pennington (9)
23. Orlando Cabrera (7)
That's the list. Cabrera is dead last among qualified shortstops in making plays out of the 'routine' zones. Not only is he last, but it's by a remarkably wide margin.
Cabrera's range is as bad as they say it is. Is he a bad fielder? No - and that's not been the crux of the debate. But his range leaves a whole lot to be desired.