Ever since he was a highly touted prospect in the Rangers’ farm system, we knew Elvis Andrus had the capacity to be a great defensive shortstop--it’s just that the process, somewhat predictably, hasn’t been all together smooth.
Andrus showed flashes of brilliance with the glove last season, but he also committed 25 errors, the most in the league outside of another promising young shortstop, the Chicago Cubs’ Starlin Castro. But so far in 2012, these flashes are no more--and we’re seeing an incredibly consistent shortstop, who has set a club record by going 51 games without an error.
"Right now I see the ball super slow," Andrus explained, per ESPN Dallas. "I can see my rhythm. I can see the bounces of the ball. That has been the big key for me. Just to simplify my routine."
Andrus is just one of two shortstops without an error on the year, the other being the Detroit Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta. Michael Young--who knows a thing or two about stellar defensive play at shortstop, as the AL’s 2008 Gold Glove winner there--believes he’s seen a very real change in Andrus.
"Elvis has taken upon himself to make himself one of the best defenders in the league," Young said. "I don't see a better defensive shortstop in the league than Elvis."