Here's a look at the UZR/150 numbers for 2009.
- I think we can mostly throw out the data for DDJ and Freel, who simply weren't in centerfield enough to generate a meaningful sample. Considering that UZR/150 is a rate stat (what their UZR would be in 150 games) a -1.4 or a -2.0 is basically the equivalent of "who knows?"
- The samples for St. Willie and Anderson are also small, but less encouraging. Bloomquist is a utility player without much utility, and I've written about him far too much. But what about Anderson? He's pretty much on the team because he's supposed to be a good defender (hence Treyball's constant use of him late in games). Nevertheless, his UZR/150 is pretty blah.
Mitch Maier, who like DeJesus, will simply not be allowed to be a temporary solution because he's not a Dayton guy, wasn't bad afield. I dont' think he's a gold glover, but I also think there's little reason to just assume that he can't handle the position or that Josh Anderson is better than him.