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Visualizing Shortstop Range

A visual look at the lateral range of baseball’s best and worst shortstops.

Why does Xander Bogaerts have such a low Defensive Runs Saved total?

By MARK SIMON With one out and nobody on in the second inning of Game 2 of the ALCS, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa hit a ground ball in the shortstop-third base hole. Xander Bogaerts got to the ball, but took his time in making a throw to first base. Correa beat it out for what […]

Opening Act: Stats and scouts evaluate rookies’ defense

Nearly a month into the MLB season, the signal in the Defensive Runs Saved data is beginning to break free of the noise. The elite defenders are steadily climbing toward the top of the leaderboards, while the less talented gloves are falling to the back of the pack. With that in mind, this seems like […]