Statcast has Galvis as 33 OAA from 2015-20 with Iglesias at 22 during the same time period, so I dont think the O's are losing anything defensively unless some age regression happens. Statcast is saying Galvis was the better defender. I think the O's look like they'll be a above average defensive team this year. Probably no GG winners, but solid. Mountcastle and Cisco /Severino are the only real question marks.
I agree with that. But I also think it's a bad idea to put a bad defensive infield behind young pitchers whose ability to pitch in the ML is uncertain, in that a well-below-average inner defense might both impair the building of pitchers' confidence and make it harder to judge how effective they would be with a good defense behind them. I can't prove any of that. It's just a feeling -- call it intuition. And I think even the Orioles' best IF defense right now is well below league average, especially with no defensive wizard on the bench.
I also agree with the suggestion that Elias's off-season roster-building does't seem to emphasize either offense or defense. It looks like his guiding principle so far has been to fill out the infield with the cheapest available guys who have been major league players, even if they're of the fringe variety, so that he won't be forced to promote any infielders until he otherwise wants to.
Well Iglesias is at that age too, so it goes both ways there.
Plus, as was pointed out, he’s playing players in positions they shouldn’t be in. I know that’s the Oriole way though..square peg/round hole and expect the best but it’s not going to happen.
Galvis is at that age where he could fall off defensively. We'll see.
I agree, with your overall assessment though, wtf does he expect? It's also the 2nd week of games, they're still going to be a bit rusty. I expect the defense to be average, overall.
I tend to doubt Galvis is that much worse defensively unless he really falls off a cliff this year, which is certainly possible.
We made out much better overall with what we have vs just having Iglesias.
That being said, wtf does Hyde expect? You have a built a team where the intention is to not win games. You don’t usually acquire good players when you are actively trying to lose.
I think this team will be fine defensively. I don’t see them as some bad defense but I also don’t see them as an overly talented defensive team that will be a big help to the pitchers.
I'm expecting a bottom 3 team with sloppy defense. I just don't think Elias is ignoring defense when putting together this roster. I think defensively, Iglesias to Galvis is a somewhat lateral move and Sanchez over Alberto is an upgrade. I wouldn't be shocked if he plucks someone off the waiver wire towards the end of ST to replace Ruiz at third. Ruiz and Severino were seen as solid defensively unfortunately, it hasn't worked out that way exactly.
It remains to be seen what happens with Stallings and Jean but I'm thinking we'll probably regret trading Iglesias. Even though he wasn't going to be a part of the next winning team here, he (when healthy) shored up the infield defense at a position of need. I think the notion of "OMG WE NEED A STRONG DEFENSE WITH A YOUNG DEVELOPING STAFF" is a bit overrated but I'd have liked a DP combo of Iglesias and Sanchez this year. It would have helped.