|Denard Span may be the best|
defensive center fielder among the
American League's regulars, but
some of the part-timers have been
What about Span as a center fielder?
Turning again to the Baseball Info Systems' plus-minus and runs saved analytical stats:
Span is +13 in plus-minus, +9 in runs saved.
Good numbers, but not the best in the American League. The best numbers:
- Texas: Craig Gentry, who has about half the Rangers' innings, is +13, +9.
- Anaheim: Mike Trout, with less than half the Angels' innings, is +18, +10 -- and Peter Bourjos, who has 32 more innings in center than Trout and a little more than half of Span's time, is +9, +6.
- Toronto: Colby Rasmus is +11, +7. He's a bit shy of Span's numbers, and the only full-time center fielder in his class.
Trout was called up last month and is only leaving the Angels lineup if he gets crippled. I figure Gentry isn't a regular because his bat is perceived as a bit weak, although you can't really prove it by his limited major league playing time (334 career plate appearances, career slash line .285/.355/.356, with most of that production coming this season).
Span is a contender for best defensive CF in the league. Revere probably would be too if he were a full-time center fielder. But the Anaheim duo, at least by these measurements, is better still.
At any rate, I don't think the Twins are hurting themselves with the Span-in-center, Revere-in-right alignment.