Lots of talk of Ian Desmond’s hitting recently, and boy, why not. He is quite hot, hitting .324/.361/.490 since July 1st. His OPS is now up to .731 on the season. His hitting has helped rank him 7th among all rookie position players for VORP. But enough about his hitting, I’d rather talk about his improving defense.
His errors have certainly gone down recently. Since a 2 error game on August 1st, he’s only committed 2 errors total. Since July, when his good hitting returned, he has committed 9 errors. 5 in July and 4 in August. Is that great, no, not at all. But it sure beats May and June, when he had 16 errors, 8 in each month. He also had 3 multi error games before July 1, and only 1 since. Maybe it means nothing, but maybe he is starting to mature a little bit. He might always have a high number of errors, but if they’re closer to 15 than 25 or 35, you can live with it for the range of a SS that looks like he’ll be able to hit in the majors.