Everybody knows that Brendan Ryan can play shortstop. It seems like every game, Ryan makes the highlight reel with a remarkable play that saves a run or gets a pitcher out of a jam.
He has been the starting shortstop this year because of his glove. Ryan is now starting to hit and he’s becoming one of the best short stops in all of baseball.
Ryan started the year in a slump and has been struggling at the plate for the majority of the year. His glove and the lack of a substitute kept him in the daily line-up early on. He didn’t let his hitting woes affect his play on the field. Ryan’s Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) of 25 is twice as many as the next closest guy in baseball.
Going into the All-Star break, Ryan was hitting .187 with a .563 OPS. After the All-Star break Ryan’s bat has heated up and has batted .286 with a .733 OPS. He’s been a major reason for the Mariners recent 7-game winning streak.
Last week he broke through the Mendoza line, which is a dubious achievement. The Me...