Peralta, Cabrera, Reyes, Tulowitzki ... Lowrie?
Jose Reyes picked a great time to have a great year, no?
Jhonny Peralta, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, and Troy Tulowitzki: of course. Jed Lowrie? Boston fans have to be pleased. Lowrie's fielding isn't quite up to par with the others pictured, but being in the same conversation with Reyes and Tulo is a great start. The real tell is the difference between the top tier and ... everybody else. Let's see to which group Lowrie belongs, below.
Top 20 after the jump.
Pictured: Jeter (19th). Not Pictured: Betancourt (25th).
I suppose it wasn't fair for to expect Lowrie to hang with the most elite shortstops in the league, at least not yet. Notice that the current difference within the top 5 between Peralta and Lowrie (stress on the word current with a side of "it's only a third of a season, dude") is almost 100 points, while the next 100 down captures the top 15. Not exactly the scientific method here, but there's clearly a top tier and a second tier, and Lowrie belongs to the latter.
Still, Lowrie looks as good on paper (except currently on defense which most of you non-saberists will roll your eyes at anyway) and RedSoxFan has every right to believe they've found their answer.