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ScubaTiger
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I tend to agree with yall's starting line up but will withhold my selections till spring practice. I'm a little concerned about our middle infield defense this year, especially after the high standard set last season. Over the 23 scrimmages this fall I recorded 17 total errors, not bad IMO. But, 7 of these were committed by projected starting middle infielders. I also didn't see the range with these infielders that I had gotten used to in past seasons. I hope that I just got spoiled and these players will be up to the task during the season.


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rookietiger995
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“It’s not played at the level that I would like to see, that we have become accustomed to here at LSU,” Mainieri said. “I don’t want to single out any one or two players, but I’m a little concerned.”

Well once you do the process of elimination, I think he has to be talking about the left side of the infield. I think he will figure out a way to squeeze Hughes in there even with the weaker stick to sure up the D. If it's at 2nd then nothing changes on the left side. If it's at SS then I guess Smith would move to 3rd with Slaughter moving to 2nd. Or you could move Hughes to 3rd(where he has played some this fall) and move Slaughter over to 2nd. I just can't see moving Smith away from the SS spot?!?!


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Well once you do the process of elimination, I think he has to be talking about the left side of the infield.
It is most certainly not Smith. He is an excellent SS. I think we already pinpointed where he has an issue. Hughes may end up just as good and Broussard only had 6 errors all of last year at Delgado and played fine this fall. So 3rd and first, not to mention catcher.


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I should have clarified...def don't think Smith is the issue at all! Smith will likely be one of the best to come out of LSU when its all said and done IMO.


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I should have clarified...def don't think Smith is the issue at all! Smith will likely be one of the best to come out of LSU when its all said and done IMO.

My thoughts exactly. Don't think he is the issue there, have watched him play for long time and can honestly say there are very few people I have seen that look that comfortable and natural at SS. Makes tough plays look easy. He was definitely out of position last year. I think he'll "wow" some people this year on the defensive side and we already know his potential on offense.


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ScubaTiger
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I have compiled the fielding stats for the five players who played the most at 2nd, SS, and 3rd during the fall scrimmages.
Player Chances Errors
Smith 36 2
Hughes 39 6
Broussard 41 4
Reid 32 4
Slaughter 30 2

This is not good fielding, IMO.
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This is not good fielding, IMO.


is this not good?

Slaughter 30 1


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Hughes 39 6



YIKES


ell_13
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Errors can be subjective. And I've seen Scuba get a stat or two wrong. That being said, he's not necessarily inaccurate and it doesn't tell the whole story anyway. Smith is good. Broussard is better than that. And I saw Slaughter make 2 errors this fall in the 4 games I made it to.


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MorbidTheClown
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was an honest question. is 30 - 1 not good?


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YIKES


He was also the defensive MVP of the Collegiate Summer League he played in as an incoming freshman.

We're never going to get zone ratings for these guys, and certainly not during the fall, so the only thing we have to go by is chances and errors, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Hughes is/will be a premium defender in the infield.


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was an honest question. is 30 - 1 not good?
It's a 0.968 fld% and it's good especially for 3B.


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ScubaTiger
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I was looking at the infield, over all.


ScubaTiger
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You are correct. I edited to show that Slaughter misplayed two ground balls hit to him at 3rd. One in scrimmage #20 and one in the first Purple and Gold game.


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You are correct. I edited to show that Slaughter misplayed two ground balls hit to him at 3rd. One in scrimmage #20 and one in the first Purple and Gold game.



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ProjectP2294
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Brandt Broussard had the same fielding at Delgado (.969) that Cole Freeman had at LSU last season. He's a perfectly capable defender at second base. In limited summer action at 2B (only 24 innings, he played 3rd a lot, and some SS) he committed no errors. His fielding away from 2nd base is not quite as good.

Hughes had a .964 fielding percentage in the Futures league playing multiple IF positions, but mostly SS. He must have made some memorable plays to still be named defensive MVP. 7 errors in 333 innings.


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So we're clear then... 3B and 1B and C right?


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I also didn't see the range with these infielders that I had gotten used to


This is what I posted last year regarding Josh Smith. It was an in-season thread, so the yahoos went ballistic like I had criticized the pope. Smith is a reliable defender with a nice arm. I just wish he had shown more range last year.


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So we're clear then... 3B and 1B and C right?


Hunter Feduccia was a JUCO Gold Glove winner his freshman year at LSUE. His defense will be fine after the natural adjustment that comes along with learning 20 pitchers he's never caught before.

Overall, I'm skeptical that infield defense is going to be as big an issue as you would think given the length of the conversation about it.

I didn't see any of the scrimmages, so I can't comment on what they looked like then, but I think when the season rolls around, everything will be fine.

Mainieri puts a very high premium on 3rd base defense (not unwarranted) but Smith, who we all agree was great there last year, still fielded only .947.


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