2015 Blue Jays Defence, better than last years?

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May 20, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder

Michael Saunders

(55) shows the umpires that he caught Texas Rangers left fielder

Shin-Soo Choo

(not pictured) in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Left Field

Right now, left field is somewhat of a question mark for the blue birds. Nevertheless, it’s hard to imagine the Jays being as bad as 17th ranked this season given that Michael Saunders should still garner the majority of innings from left field.

Saunders played only one inning in left field last season but has played above average in his 1,335 career innings at the position according to DRS and UZR.

If anything, he will be a significant upgrade defensively over his predecessor Melky Cabrera who had a -4 DRS last season dovetailed with a -3.5 UZR.

While Saunders may not be ready for opening day, his probable replacements-Kevin Pillar, Dalton Pompey and Andy Dirks– should still all provide a short term upgrade over Cabrera’s 2014 season.

Left field should manifest a defensive upgrade this season; whether it is an offensive one as well remains to be seen.