Last month Statcast unveiled their new defensive metric Outs Above Average. With that came some interesting numbers on the Blue Jays infield. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to no one’s surprise was at the very bottom of the list. What did surprise was how well Cavan Biggio ranked coming in among the top 30 and top five at second base. What intrigued me about this was player positioning, where did infielders typically line up and what does that say about the other players around them?
What follows is a leaderboard, courtesy of Baseball Savant, of the average start position of shortstops last season, sorted by angle.
The angle is based on home plate, whereas the third base line is -45°, up the middle is 0°, and the first base line is 45°. For a shortstop the lower their angle is the closer they are to second base. This leaderboard is showing the 15 shortstops that started the closest to second base last season. The 11th ranked player is blacked out for now, I am quite certain you know who that is given the title of this post, but we will get to that later.
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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation