Originally Posted by dougdirt
Why is UZR too big of a component? Defense counts doesn't it?
The minor leagues is littered with guys who can play plus defense but can't hit a lick. Even Berkman can get to a routine fly ball to right field. If a pitcher grooves a fastball to Janish he may fly out to the SS.
Its much easier to find guys who can play good defense than it is to find guys who are good hitters. Hitting a baseball may be on of the most difficult things to do in all of sport. IMO that is why defense is out of whack in the WAR calculation.