M’s Middle Infield

“Hypothetical question: How valuable does a player’s defense need to be for managers, teams, and fans to overlook his offensive futility?

For the Seattle Mariners, that’s less of a hypothetical and more of a practical question when it comes to shortstop Brendan Ryan. Although he was snubbed for a Gold Glove award in 2012 (likely for his slash line of .194/.277/.278), Ryan ranks with the elite middle defenders in Major League Baseball, snagging the 2012 Fielding Bible award for most valuable defensive shortstop.”

Full post at Prospect Insider here.