Carlos Gomez: Human Highlight Reel | Disciples of Uecker

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Despite providing the typical Carlos Gomez offensive production (read: none), Milwaukee’s center fielder still checks in at 12th on the league Wins Above Replacement leaderboard at his position. Gomez has compiled 1.1 WAR already this year — equal to his total from last season — and is on pace for a 4.4 WAR season. This is because Gomez has a fantastic +7.3 UZR through 41 games and a 35.9 UZR/150 (UZR adjusted for a 150-game season). Although single-season UZR totals are fickle enough that using UZR alone through 40 games borders on madness, I think we have enough video evidence to confirm the premise behind the number: Gomez is an elite, game-changing defensive player. The video archives at MLB.com are filled with Gomez’s defensive handiwork this season:

April 6th: Outfield assist vs. Atlanta
April 18th: Running catch against Philadelphia
April 19th: Running catch into the wall against Philadelphia
April 25th: Somersaulting catch against Cincinnati
April 30th: Diving catch against Houston
May 6th: Diving catch against St. Louis
May 7th: Leaping catch into wall against St. Louis
May 16th: Leaping catch to rob home run against Los Angeles (comes with hilarious Ryan Braun reaction!)

That’s eight spectacular plays that have found their way into the MLB.com database, and Gomez makes a litany of other plays look easy as well. No, he’s not going to start hitting any time soon. But it doesn’t matter. Anybody that plays center field this well deserves a spot in almost any MLB lineup.

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  1. Chris says: May 18, 2011

    OK, I’m convinced. My impressions of Gomez, shaped during what I thought was a lack-luster defensive season last year, need to be revised.

    Is the take-away here that the Brewers should live with Gomez’s poor offense because of the value he brings defensively and keep him in the lineup? Or should they still consider a platoon with Morgan when he returns from the DL?

  2. ecocd says: May 19, 2011

    It’s a shame Gomez doesn’t hit well enough to earn a Gold Glove. Thanks for the video rundown.

  3. Rob says: May 20, 2011

    Except the Brewers have Morgan who is almost as good defensively (he actually has a better UZR/150 over his career) and he has decent offense for CF (at least vs RHers)

  4. Bronxy says: May 24, 2011

    If you can prove your statistics show that Carlos Gomez is a player who should be playing everyday right now then I’d argue that what your statistics show is their own irrelevance.

    Clearly, Morgan– when he’s recovered –should replace Gomez. Gomez may play a nice CF but it doesn’t make up for his amateurish lack of confidence and confusion in the batter’s box. One can see it when they watch the game.

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