The issue with Shaddy has been the timing of his errors - 10 of his 16 were in the seventh, eighth or ninth innings last year, and almost all came during tight games. He had two during the ninth inning against Georgia that allowed the Bulldogs to send the game to extra innings.
Perhaps I’m wrong, but those numbers suggest he gets tight late in games.
His last error of the season was at the SEC Tournament. He had two in the final regular season series at Texas A&M.
I think Shaddy had one error in the fall series - a fielding error because he was not allowed to throw because of an injury to his throwing wrist. Overall, though, he had a good fall fielding the ball. I wrote this on him in the fall:
His weakness has been his fielding. Shaddy led the Razorbacks in errors each of the past two seasons, with 14 in 2015 and 16 last season.
“I feel like the last month of the season I showed I was more comfortable," Shaddy said. "Getting more experience at second has really helped me. I think this has been my best fall fielding and hitting. I just needed experience…I got put at second when I had never played second, so I knew there would be some growing pains.
“It’s nice to be able to sit in the same spot and try to excel there….I feel like my feet are better and my hands are better, and the game has just kind of slowed down a little bit, too.”
Van Horn, a former middle infielder, has worked extensively with Shaddy at second the past year. Shaddy missed some of fall practice with a wrist injury - it was unclear whether it was related to a 95 mph fastball from Jackson Rutledge that he took off the wrist - but Van Horn indicated he liked what he saw in the field from Shaddy when healthy.
“At some point instincts take over a little bit,” Van Horn said. “He knows where to be every time and I think he’s just gotten better with experience, repetition and just playing. He had a really good fall with the bat and the glove.”