Moving him to first would ruin his biggest asset (range)
Gary Sheffield came up a SS too...
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
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I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter, that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit.
Train your eyes for judging defense. Compare players. And you will learn that EE has tremendous range, a strong arm, and good hands. No reason to mess with a sure thing at third.
not a chance, why mess with a good thing at 3rd?
2006 Redszone Prospect Draft - Johnny Cueto
2007 Redszone Prospect Draft - Pedro Viola, Alexis Oliveras
2007 Redszone Mock Draft - 1st (27) Michael Burgess, Supp. (60) Wes Roemer, 2nd (92) Barry Enright, 3rd (122) Jonathan Bachanov
2009 Redszone Mock Draft - 1st (9) Shelby Miller, 2nd (58) Marc Krauss, 3rd (89) Daniel Fields
If he is ranked low in range at 3rd, which I don't imagine he is, it is probably be because he hasn't been making a lot of the plays that I expect a 2nd or 3rd year Edwin will. 3B is one tough cookie for a young player.
It seems to me that a lot of EE's errors at 3rd are when he has to hurry on his throws. I would think that he would have to rush more throws from short and he would end up hitting far to many fans in the seats. Then again the Reds could turn it into some form of promotion for the fans...Catch a EE throw cleanly and win a beer or set up drinks on the dug out and see how many he can knock over in a game like he was at a state fair.
And his Zone Rating(The percentage of balls fielded by a player in his typical defensive "zone," as measured by STATS, Inc.) he ranked 18th out of 20.
None of these stats show him as having "Great" range.
I just don't understand the idea of moving him anywhere.
So you take away a future defensive asset, moving him from his fimiliar position, and replace him with...What?
An aging, range challenged vet?
An expensive FA/trade accquisition?
None of the options make sense, nor does the rationale for moving him.
"We know we're better than this, but we can't prove it." - Tony Gwynn
Moving EE now would be one of the more foolish things the Reds have done in a long time.
"I hate to advocate chemicals, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone... But they've always worked for me."
-Hunter S. Thompson
Far too often stats are misunderstood. Most of us look to the ones that we were brought up to believe hold more value than they really do.
We have always over valued fielding percentage and frowned on errors.These numbers however fall short in telling us the complete story.
Not to say an error is ever a good thing but it is wrong to brand any young player that makes a few errors as a bad defensive player.
I've said for the past three years that EE will be the best Reds third baseman in recent history and I still Believe that.
I hope and pray that Narron and Kriviski will have the patience to give Edwin the playing time to prove himself at 3B.