Welcome to Appy Astros, a blog dedicated to following current & former Greeneville Astros, the Appalachian League affiliate of the Houston Astros. Here you will find reports on current G-Stros, updates on the development of former G-Stros and occasionally an update on what has happened to the guys who have hung up their spikes.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Defense, Defense, Defense

Last night, Brian Blasik made his first error of the season.  In fact he made two.  They were the first errors made by any G-Stros second baseman this season.  My eyes had told me it was a solid defense and we needed an upgrade from last years defense that featured a team record 30 errors by one third baseman.

Let's look at how much of a defensive upgrade 2012 is from 2011.

Quite a drop from almost two errors a game to less than one.  That stat makes the pitching staff happy. Note that the only area currently higher is shortstop.  That number is skewed by Jean Batista's four errors in four games played at shortstop.  Jimmy Howick has made five errors in 24 games.

Before you get too down on Batista, he has made only one error at first in 15 games and none at second in seven games.  First base is a new position for him.  Last year he played a few games at third but he hasn't ventured over there this year.  I would like to see him there and wouldn't be surprised eventually to see him play some outfield.  I am beginning to wonder if Batista might wind up being a super utility kind of player in the mold of Omar Infante. Good bat but not defensively great at any position. 

One other indication of the growth is in one repeating player. Ariel Ovando committed seven errors last season and a .904 fielding percentage. This season he has made just one error and has a .967 fielding percentage.

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