There's little doubt about the fact that the Baltimore Orioles boast the best defensive team, as a whole, anywhere in Major League Baseball. In fact, the O's 2013 performance ranked, collectively, as one of the best defensive seasons of all time, though it wasn't enough to help them grab a playoff spot in the American League. Such a strong defensive squad without a playoff appearance to show for it certainly begs the question as to how far the defensive game can actually take them.
A quick look at the numbers indicates that both collectively and individually the Orioles were a group of wizards with the leather in 2013. They ranked first in fielding percentage, at .991, and committed the fewest errors, with only 54. Their Defensive Efficiency Ratio (DER), which is a measure of balls put into play that are successfully converted into outs (while taking home runs out of the equation) was an even .700, good for sixth in the league.
The overall breakdown for the Orioles' potential starters in the field, as far as their 2013 performance in the field, is as follows. Keep in mind, Matt Wieters has had his name float out there in trade rumors, Ryan Flaherty may not start at second base, and the O's are looking for a left fielder, so Nolan Reimold may be relegated to designated hitter again, having played just 11 games in the field in 2013 (hence leaving his numbers out of the chart).
|2013 Red Sox||.696 (13th)||80 (8th)||.987 (9th)|
|2012 Giants||.693 (16th)||115 (27th)||.981 (27th)|
|2011 Cardinals||.687 (24th)||116 (24th)||.982 (23rd)|
|2010 Giants||.708 (4th)||73 (4th)||.988 (4th)|
|2009 Yankees||.696 (7th)||86 (9th)||.985 (10th)|
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All statistics courtesy of FanGraphs.