Originally Posted by dougdirt
.965 fielding percentage on minor league fields with minor league first basemen this past season. At shortstop. That isn't a five o'clock performer.
Paul Janish had a lifetime minor league fielding percentage of .971.
Zack Cozart's fielding percentage (minor league only) is .970.
IMO, you're overestimating both the impact of Gregorius' defense and his ability. Is he above average? Okay, sure. Is he a game-changer? I don't know anyone-- aside from you, doug (and, of course, the DBack GM)-- who says so.
Most experts and scouts see his likely major league spot as a poor starter or a decent backup middle infielder. Considering the current Red SS graded out as above average overall his rookie season, I just don't get the hand-wringing over losing the guy.
Is he a good prospect? Okay, sure. Maybe. He has a couple good things going for him-- youth and defense.
But he has some massive holes as well. More holes than Cozart, IMO, who only struggles with obp.