Checking in on Nick Swisher’s glove
Let’s check in on Nick Swisher for a moment, shall we? Specifically, let’s take a look at his defense on the year. In 2009, Swisher posted a -2.6 UZR/150 (-1.5 UZR) in his first season as the Yankees’ full-time right fielder. It was an average line, although I’m sure many Yankee fans had actually pegged Swisher for a bad fielder given his often adventurous routes. This season, thus far, Swisher’s UZR/150 stands at -0.4 in right (-1.1 UZR). Basically, he has been an average right fielder, according to UZR. In addition, his RZR isn’t great at .854 but his OOZ is pretty solid at 16, so perhaps he falls in between (he is still average).
Now, I am actually surprised by Swisher’s rating on the year and, to be honest, I think most fans, even those who were taken aback by his fielding in 2009, would agree. Is it just me or has Swisher looked excellent in right field this season? He is making accurate throws (for the most part), he has been appropriately aggressive (checking runners), and his range, in particular – especially down the line – has been very good. His UZR is neutral, however.
Maybe my love for Swisher is simply clouding my judgment. That could be the case. What have you thought about his defense? Has he looked good, bad, or just average out in right?