Hopefully, he’ll continue to hit to the point where he can play where he wants, like his idol Derek Jeter. That is kind of the way it works. If a guy hits like Xander’s shown he can, he gets a longer rope with his fielding, whether it’s justified or not.I was talking defense only. His bat more than makes up for his glove, and I don't think his glove is a problem... yet. I don't think Xander will still be a SS by the time his next contract expires. When the time comes, I think he has all the tools to be a good defensive 3b, 2014 be damned.
Anyway, over his last 11 games and 51 PA: .366/.471/.829, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 9bb/8k, and has raised his batting average by .013, obp by .020 and slugging by .044 in that time.
Also, there is this:
April: 54 PA 2bb/9k
May: 120 PA 8bb/28k
June: 116 PA 11bb/15k
July: 58 PA 9bb/10k
Last 47 games and 209 PA: 25bb/31k. First 139 PA: 5bb/31k. 70 more PA, 20 more walks, same amount of Ks. That's pretty remarkable.