Defensive Scouting Report: Jace Peterson

Range and Positioning:

Peterson possess slightly above average (55) range for a big league second baseman. In his career at second base he has earned three Range and Positioning Runs Saved; this means he has saved three more runs than the league average second baseman. Peterson is great at tracking balls in the air. In fact, through 784 career innings at second base, he has made five more plays than the league average second baseman on balls hit in the air. Through the first half of 2015, when his initial fielding movement is backward, Peterson has a success rate of 69.2%; this leads all second baseman with at least 200 opportunities.

Hands:

Peterson has playable (45) hands at second base. They are quick and he has a smooth glove-to-hand transfer that helps him quickly get the ball over to first base. This comes in handy on slow choppers hit in front of him, an area in which Peterson excels. He is league average at turning ground balls into outs and, while at second base, he has made two less plays on ground balls than the league average second baseman. Through the first half of 2015, he is tied for the second base lead in Defensive Misplays with 19. Many of these misplays are balls hit at or near him in which the play could have reasonable been made.

Footwork:

Peterson has solid (50) footwork. While fielding the ball, he stays low, usually gets both feet in front of the ball and prefers to field the ball forehanded rather than backhanded. However, on ground balls hit to his right when the backhanded fielding method would be more efficient, he sometimes gets his legs tangled up in an attempt to get them in front of the ball. He moves effectively around the second base bag and this year his GDP success rate is slightly above league average at 67%; the league average for second baseman is 63.7%.

Throwing Arm:

Peterson has an above average (60) throwing arm for a big league second baseman. His arm is quick and has proper action for an infielder. He is very comfortable throwing “on the move” with a success rate of 84% in 2015; this ranks third among all second baseman with at least 200 opportunities. Peterson’s arm strength is league average and its accuracy is slightly above average (55) for a big league second baseman. Since 2014, Peterson has an Infield Good Throw Rate of 98%. This is slightly better than the league average rate of 97.6% for all second baseman with at least 200 throws to first during this span.

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Defensive Scouting Report: Brandon Crawford

Range/Positioning:

Crawford has plus agility and quickness, which provides him with above average range for the shortstop position. He glides on the infield, making the difficult plays look easy. Entering 2015, he had 21 Range and Positioning Runs Saved over his career. Crawford also entered 2015 having made 28 more plays throughout his career than the league average shortstop.  He looks most comfortable on balls hit to his left, especially when jogging or sprinting.

Hands:

Crawford’s hands are quick and smooth, giving him one of the fastest glove-to-hand transfers in the Majors. This especially helps when turning the double play and, over the last three years, Crawford is tied for fourth among all shortstops in GDP Runs Saved with four. He also excels when fielding balls backhanded. Since the start of the 2013 season, the league average success rate for shortstops when fielding a ball backhanded is 65.8%. Crawford’s backhanded success rate during that time frame is 73.6%, ranking second among all shortstops with at least 800 opportunities.

Footwork:

Crawford has smooth and efficient footwork combined with a solid lower half. Due to his tremendous body control, he consistently gets in the best position to field the ball. His footwork is highlighted when moving to his left or backwards. According to BIS, since the start of 2013, when Crawford’s first movement is back he has a success rate of 53%; highest among all shortstops with at least 800 opportunities in that span.

Throwing Arm:

Crawford’s strongest defensive tool is his fantastic throwing arm. He has proper arm action for an infielder, to go along with well-above average arm strength. His arm is quick and his throws have solid on-line carry, allowing him to make strong throws in the hole and on the move. Crawford’s arm is also one of the most accurate at the shortstop position. Since 2013, he has an Infield Good Throw Rate of 95.3%; highest among all shortstops with at least 700 opportunities in that span.

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