To be fair, every mlb OF should be able to make a diving catch. The question should more be about his routes and reaction time and acceleration none of which we can measure without seeing more in the videos. On the other hand, he has played some CF at AA this year where as Arcia didn't after rookie ball IIRC. Hard to know until we see him up here for awhile.
Yeah, of course. I was responding to the claim that after having "seen" Kepler play outfield, he looked Arciaesque, which to me means awkward unathletic movements with poor timing and last-second lunges at balls, etc. In other words, the eye test. Kepler looks like a gazelle, and not even just in comparison to Arcia.That being said, the eye test can certainly be deceiving, so if Thrylos would like to provide some range data to show that Kepler's defensive range (which is largely based on routes and reaction time as you note) is similar to Arcia's, I'd be happy to look at it.Everything I've heard is that his defense is solid-average to above average in the corner outfield.Maybe the data will show that his range is as limited as Arcia's but I severely doubt it.
BTW, that's not to knock Arcia as a player. He's got tremendous power. He just doesn't look or turn out after looking at the data to be that good of a defensive outfielder.
Edited by nytwinsfan, 14 August 2015 - 03:51 PM.