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How will the Giants catch the ball in 2020? Let’s consult ‘The Fielding Bible’

Reigning AL Gold Glove second baseman Yolmer Sánchez made his first spring start as a shortstop for the Giants the other day. He was playing to the right of second base in an exaggerated shift. The batter hit a popup to the left side. Sánchez sprinted and sprinted and sprinted and then left his feet to make a diving catch in shallow left field.

A year ago, that kind of effort would have broken the data collection methods set up by Sports Info Solutions, a statistical service that provides scouting reports to major-league clubs. Sánchez wouldn’t have received credit for the proper degree of difficulty. It would be like an Olympic diver pulling off a reverse two-and-a-half somersault with two-and-a-half twists and earning a score for a simple swan dive.

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