2015 Blue Jays Defence, better than last years?
Mar 1, 2015; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker (40) talks with pitchers during spring training workouts at Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
This off-season the Jays made a variety of moves aimed at creating a better club atmosphere for 2015. What the Jays may or may not have known was that those same moves made the club incrementally better from foul-line to foul-line.
And that’s a good thing. 2014 was a nightmare year defensively that saw the club finish 22nd in team defence according to FanGraphs. Below them, only two playoff teams- the Tigers and Pirates- managed to play worse defence and still succeed.
While 2014’s demise may not be directly related to the Jays poor defence, it’s hard to make the argument it did not play a key part.
With that said, here is a position-by-position look at how 2014’s defenders match up against the potentially improved successors this season.