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Andre Ethier's Defense



This topic has been debated for a while... how good is Andre Ethier's defense in RF? Ethier has had one strong season in RF(7.6 UZR/150 in 2007) and two poor seasons(-9.1 UZR/150 in 2008 and -17.7 UZR/150 in 2009). Watching Ethier in RF, I personally dont think he is that bad. He has the arm to play the position, but UZR seems to think that he is horrible. He proved in 2007 that he can play RF very well, while playing over 100 games...

So, which is the real Ethier? Is his defense the 07 version, or the 08-09 version? On a few Dodger blogs, I have seen people demand that he play LF long term, while I have seen others consistently point to his 07 performance as a way to show he can play the position very well and stay in RF longterm. Which is the real Ethier-both short and long term? Will he eventually be forced to LF when prospects like Trayvon Robinson, Andrew Lambo or Xavier Paul are ready?

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