Ask any manager for his definition of the robo cutoff man, and, not surprisingly, he'll describe an infielder who is half-human, half-machine:
Strong arm? It's a must.
Quick release? Another requisite.
Foot-speed and soft hands? All necessary parts of the machinery.
It's the human element, however, that separates the great relay man from the very good one. It means being properly positioned, understanding how runners are reacting to an extra-base hit, even with one's ...