The last time we checked on the AL Central's defensive ranks, it was June 1st, and the Royals were still sorta in contention. Since then, most teams have played another forty plus games, and the UZR data -- while far from perfect -- is drifting towards being meaningful.
Listed below is each AL Central team's AL rank in UZR at each position. The division leader is listed in bold.
Do you wanna guess who is dead last overall?
|Overall on June 1||13th||11th||10th||2nd||9th|
- The AL Central is not a good defensive division. Detroit has been much improved, and the Twins have a good reputation for defense that isn't matched by the data this season, and that's it.
- The Royals are bad.
- Butler's defense has been better than expected, but the Royals are still below average defensively at first base, which is, weirdly, one of the stronger defensive positions in the Central. Paul Konerko? First?
- All that TPJ time we endured still couldn't get the Royals out of the SS cellar.
- Teahen deserves some props for being passable at third after returning to the position on short notice. Imagine the Royal infield if Teahen had slipped and Butler had been what we expected?
- Congrats to Jose Guillen for catching and passing Jermaine Dye for worst RF in baseball.
- David DeJesus!
- It's curious that the mid-July numbers and the June 1 numbers are so close. Given the way people talk about single season defensive stats, you'd think we'd see tons of crazy changes in the data. Hasn't quite happened, yet.