February 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm by Ben Duronio under Atlanta Braves, Defense
I wrote an article for RotoGraphs involving Tim Hudson and how the Braves’ infield defense will hurt his overall value. We do not do much fantasy stuff over here, but I am pretty big on it and always like to discuss leagues, drafts, and player values.
Here is a snippet from the article.
The problem with the Braves defense, and what is likely to be an even bigger problem this season, was the infield. Freeman likely is not the plus defender many expected, but he probably also is not as bad as the one year UZR sample suggests. He is closer to average defensively, which is fine. Gonzalez was a top notch defender the whole season, which was the lone reason for the Braves sticking with him at shortstop for the entirety of the year was in his high quality glove.
Losing Gonzalez will be a big loss to the team’s defense, and it will especially hurt a pitcher like Tim Hudson. Hudson has relied on ground balls as much as any starter in the league since entering the Majors, so losing a quality defender at the infield’s most important position will certainly sting. Gonzalez’s replacement, Tyler Pastornicky, is expected to be about an average defender. Mike Newman shared those thoughts as well in a brief scouting report of Pastornicky.