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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Defensive Spectrum

Good post from Ron Hostetter and how the Royals top prospects are all shifting to the left on the defensive spectrum. I wonder how many left fielder's you can put on the field at one time?

For those who aren't familar with the defensive spectrum, the idea is one that was popularized by Bill James and basically states that defensive positions can be arranged on a spectrum of least to most demanding i.e. [ DH - 1B - LF - RF - 3B - CF - 2B - SS - C ]. Players generally move from right to left on this spectrum over the course of their careers. Shifts in the other direction are rare and seldom work.