Rangers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler is on pace to set a new career-high in errors, but don’t expect Ron Washington to lose much confidence in Kinsler’s abilities on defense.
This is classic Ron Washington, of course. It just wouldn’t be a complete week if we didn’t publish a story about Washington delivering a vote of confidence in this or that struggling player. And Kinsler is struggling, at least on defense. It’s June 29, and Kinsler has already equaled his 2011 error total with 11.
Kinsler’s career high in errors is 18--set in his rookie season of 2006 and then equaled again in 2008--meaning the Rangers’ second baseman is well on pace to set a brand new career high, if things carry on the way they have in the first half.
“I still think he’s one of the best second basemen in the game,” Washington said, per the Dallas Morning News. “You look at the guy and his overall ability when you try to help him get through times when it’s not going right. There’s no doubt he can play second base.”