Originally Posted by mth123
I'd bet if Paul Janish was moved to 2B, he'd still take a back seat to Phillips defensively as well.
I would take that bet if there were a way to make it happen. Phillips moved off of shortstop and was never moved back because he isn't a shortstop. He has a shortstops arm, but he has at best, average shortstop range. At second base, that is very good range. Take a shortstop with above average range and put them at second and you get a guy with great range at 2B.
Now, one thing Phillips has that a lot of other guys don't, are incredible hands. That is one of the reasons he can make some of the plays he does, that other guys with similar range can't. Well that and his arm that some other second baseman don't have.