I love Doug Fister. If we didn’t have two people contributing to these projections, he’d probably end up higher in these rankings. However, George does have valid points whenever I start getting a little too excited about Fister’s fantasy prospects, and those points primarily surround Detroit’s porous infield defense.
Fister has one of the strongest ground ball tendencies in the game, and Detroit’s infield doesn’t have the best defensive reputation. Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Jhonny Peralta? Yikes.
Well, they’re actually not that bad. Omar Infante has proven to be great defender at second base, last year posting the second-best UZR at the position (10.1, behind Darwin Barney‘s 13.1), and Peralta has posted a UZR/150 over nine in three of the last four years after posting negative values in the prior five seasons. Fielder was only slightly below average last year (-1.6 UZR/150), and, well, Cabrera was atrocious at -11.2 UZR/150.
Still, that makes Detroit average on the left ...