It looks like his D has been up and down, depending on the year. Looking at the 2022 Statcast Outs Above Average leaderboard at center, he was tied for 8th with guys like Harrison Bader and Christian Pache, who are considered elite.It's not though. It's fine, but it definitely isn't great.
Min 600 innings
- 17th according to DRS
- 13th according to UZR
Basically, he's the same defensively as the 30+ yr old version of Springer...average to slightly above.
95 wRC+ and average D is fine as a 4th OF but only just fine and only as a 4th OF.
Eno Sarris did some digging into who will benefit the most from getting rid of the shift.
I cant imagine he's that much worse than Lourdes 1-2 times a week, and im assuming a C is moved so there are enough DH PA for him.Brantley can't really play the field, but he'd be a solid platoon option. Left handed bat, can still handle LF for 30-40 games, at DH for another 60-80 games. At least vsR has been a consistent producer. The team has enough ABs vs LHP, and enough flexibility with Merrifield and Lourdes that you can easily shelter his ABs and never worry about him facing a lefty or getting strung out on the field for D.