Over at FanGraphs, Eno Sarris came to the conclusion that maybe Hanley Ramirez should start at shortstop for the Dodgers. The argument boils down to Ramirez being relatively weakest to his right, and surrounding him with good defenders, especially Luis Cruz at third base:
But there are the particulars of Ramirez’s defense. Baseball Info Solutions breaks down each infield defender on balls straight to them and to their left and right. To his right, Hanley had been terrible for two straight years before joining the Dodgers: -14 and -21 at shortstop. That was in opposition to decent numbers up the middle (-2 and +2) and good work to his left (+1 and +7).
Admittedly, there are two ways to look at these numbers if you are his acquiring team. You could think that moving him to third base essentially eliminates the need for range to his right. Or you could put a great defensive third baseman next to him that could get to some of those balls to Ramirez’s right.
Hanley Ramirez at short, at length
True Blue L.A. | Feb 27