BuckMagic wrote:I posted about him being the solution at 3B and WOW!
Talk about an entire team improving. I do not know if this was all because of Machado but I do not think it is a coincidence!
Also....0.8 fWAR over 36 games so far. That would be about 3.3 fWAR over 150 games! We are set at 3B for a while and SS whenever we need.
ofahn wrote:The defense has definitely improved but Reynolds is still an AVERAGE defender at 1B although his game seems to be improving with each day. If he spends the winter working on his lateral movement he could become a PLUS defender there.
osforlife wrote:He's been playing gold glove defense there pretty much ever since he moved there. Bordick, Palmer, Thorne, Manfra, Angel, Hardy, Lance Rinker, etc. all agree.
I don't want to speak for them but if they're referring to anything within his first step then I would agree. It's his second and third steps that he needs work on.
osforlife wrote:Why would somebody be playing gold glove defense according to all these baseball minds if that one player has crappy range? Usually you're an elite fielder if you're getting consideration for the gold glove.
He's been almost flawless on balls within his reach and catching balls from the stretch. He was strong in those areas at 3B too. His range at 3B was limited and that's carried over to 1B; HOWEVER, I can see him getting better there as he becomes more used to the position. IMO most people are evaluating him on what he's doing right, not what he's not yet able to do.
DD has been anything but subtle about trying trying to morph this team into a high OBA and ground ball throwing team. If he's successful with the latter, range will be VERY important at every base.
osforlife wrote:I'll repeat the question, how can somebody be playing gold glove defense with limited range?
Reynolds committed six errors in 15 games at third, and he failed to make other plays that were scored hits. He's made five errors in 95 games at first and has saved countless others with his ability to lunge for throws while keeping his toe on the bag. It's become his patented move.
The Orioles hold an $11 million option on Reynolds' contract for 2013 that includes a $500,000 buyout. It wasn't long ago that the thought of picking up that option seemed absurd, and I still have my doubts, but it's worth debating.
Reynolds has 21 home runs and 65 RBIs. He leads the club with 70 walks and ranks among the leaders with 25 doubles and a .348 on-base percentage. His 145 strikeouts are 11 fewer than Davis' total.
The question is, what value do you place on a 20-plus home run hitter who offers plus-defense at first base and is one of the most popular guys in the clubhouse - a gamer with a great sense of humor? He's only hitting .228, and his bat was in deep freeze for the first half of the season. Consistency isn't one of his tools.
Old Sneakers wrote:I cannot answer that. Also if the kid was ever any sort of legit SS prospect, range should be no issue at 3B.
Back on topic. I do not mean to sound down on Machado at all, but I do feel he should be drawing more walks. The power will come later. His defense seems first rate to me. I wouldn't call it Gold Glove with an a partial season, but certainly he's done well.
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