Both UZR and Dewans point to a consensus on this point about Bruce's defense.
I think it certainly passes the sniff test.
This is the second year a row both suggest that Bruce is morphing into a roughly neutral defender.
As compared to other right fielders, I'd argue Bruce, this season, has been below average. He's had multiple vapor locks in the field and doesn't get to all that many more balls than others who play the position. His fielding percentage is lower than league average as well, as he has six errors. His arm is strong, and he ranks 4th in assists in the league. That's not horrid.
In 2012, among all RF qualified, he ranks 15th in the league in Fld.
Considering there are 8 former major league CF ahead of him, it'd pass my smell test.
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It mostly gets dusted off only when it is right for the argument.
Bruce will end up being about a 3 WAR player this season.
Like it or not, he's been an above average player and his bat will end up being about 20 to 25 runs above average if he doesn't tank in September. It's a shame that he's largely been a neutral defender the last few seasons but that doesn't change the fact that he's been a very valuable player for the Reds since being called up.
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Well, I guess we found out what we want to talk about...
I know hardly a thing about UZR. But my eyes tell me Bruce hasn't been a very good defender this year. He's misplayed a few fly balls, missed a few cutoff men, but his biggest problem has been getting calls out of the corner, balls bouncing off the walls, and groundballs. I've lost count of the number a times a ball has shot past him or gone between his legs, or a ball that he's picked up and subsequently dropped. A lot of the mistakes seem to be more mental than anything, just a lack of focus to some extent. That's the most disappointing part for me.