Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 4/17/13
By UZR, the three worst full-time second basemen in MLB in 2012 were Daniel Murphy, Jose Altuve and Rickie Weeks. Flash forward to the early going in 2013 and we see that once again, Weeks is the worst defensive player. He already has a (-3.0) UZR, which translates to a (-44.5) UZR/150, meaning he would cost his team nearly four-and-a-half wins compared to an average player. In 2012, Altuve had a (-13.6) UZR/150 and currently he sports a (-9.3) rate per 150 games. He’s not the second-worst fielder at the present moment, but he’s bad and with a rate that tracks closely to what he did a season ago. Which brings us to Murphy. After finishing 2012 with a (-13.3) UZR/150, Murphy sits today with a 2.3 UZR, which works out to a 47.0 UZR/150. Both his raw and per 150 UZR rates are the best among full-time second basemen in the majors. While we should recognize that this is obviously a small sample – and that fielding numbers take longer to stabilize than batting numbers – there’s n...
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