Originally Posted by Superdude
Saying his glove is the inverse of his bat is probably an overstatement considering how terrible his bat is, but his defensive stats have always been good. It sounds like he won't even be on the team most the time. Good guy to stash in Kentucky if, God forbid, Cozart goes down for an extended stretch.
I didnt mean to make it seem like I think that Izturis' glove is as good as his bat is bad. Rather, I was trying to clarify with RMR whether he really felt Izturis is as useless as Valdez was last year. It is my impression that while Izturis cant hit, he can at least play an above average defensive shortstop. Valdez couldnt hit or play even an adequate shortstop. Am I wrong about Izturis' glove?
I also think Izturis is a good guy to have picking it at short in Louisville and helping Cingrani and Corcino with their confidence. I just think that if he says he wont report to AAA, I would rather have him on the bench than Jason Donald because Izturis could fill in long term at short (God forbid), while Donald cant this year. Donald may have more upside, but I think Izturis is likely the better bet at short in 2013.