Elvis Andrus is the best defensive shortstop in the American League--at least, according to a survey of AL managers.
Baseball America recently published the survey, which has Andrus on top of the pile, just in front of the Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera and the Blue Jays’ Brendan Ryan, who finished tied for second.
"That's great," Andrus told the team’s official website. "It's an honor for them to think that way about me. I've been trying to get my defense to the next level. I've been focusing on fielding the routine ground ball, inning by inning. I think I've done better than in the past in separating my offense from my defense.”
Andrus has committed ten errors on the season, and ranks fifth in the American League in terms of fielding percentage (.979), but his quickness allows him to get to balls that others wouldn’t--allowing for some spectacular plays, but also, potentially, a few more errors.
"He has been outstanding," Rangers’ manager Ron Washington said. "You can see the maturity. The most consistent part has been making the routine play. He's going to make errors, because he's going to get to more balls that most other guys, but he's not booting one every four or five days."