In a report for the Wall Street Journal, David Wright told Jared Diamond he believes Ruben Tejada is a Gold Glove caliber shortstop, despite his defensive struggles in the early part of the season.
“I still continue to think he’s a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop,” Wright said, according to Diamond.
Tejada is 5-for-22 with five walks and three RBI over the first seven games of the season, and has committed four errors at shortstop.
His four errors leads the league – Tejada committed 12 errors in 112 games last season.
“It’s very, very uncharacteristic, so there is a little bit of a concern of what the issues are,” Terry Collins said over the weekend regarding Tejada. “We need to get him to be the Ruben Tejada we know he can be.”
Michael Baron, ContributorIt has unquestionably been a general struggle for Tejada over the first week. However, everyone slumps over the course of the long season — hopefully this is his big slump, and he will bounce back and play the way he is expected to for a long period of time.
There is a larger spotlight on Tejada because he had an inconsistent second half last year and a rough camp this past spring, and the club is reportedly questioning whether or not Tejada is the long-term answer at shortstop. The thing is, Tejada is a better player than what he has displayed over the last week. I have to believe his poor defense in particular is an aberration because — until now — he has shown to be a capable defensive shortstop. He doesn’t come off as someone who could win a Gold Glove as Wright suggests, but he is fundamentally sound and has shown some range in his short career. If he can get past this, get on-base a little more and limit the balls in the air, he can evolve into a very solid piece for this club going forward.
For more on Tejada, check out the Wall Street Journal.