Open main menu

Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

Andrelton Simmons has received a Defensive Player of the Year Award five times as a shortstop.

The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award is awarded annually to the best defensive player at each fielding position in Major League Baseball. One overall Defensive Player of the Year is also selected each year. Unlike the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, which are voted on by major league managers and coaches, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners are determined by statistics using sabermetrics. In 2012, the baseball glove manufacturer Wilson created the Defensive Player of the Year Award to honor the best defensive player on each team in Major League Baseball. One award winner was selected from each league as that league's overall Defensive Player of the Year. Starting in 2014, the awards are given to the best defensive player at each position, regardless of league, and the overall award is given to only one player, regardless of league. Also in 2014, a new award was created for the best Defensive Team of the Year, regardless of league.[1]

KeyEdit

Year Links to the corresponding Major League Baseball season
1B First baseman
2B Second baseman
3B Third baseman
SS Shortstop
LF Left fielder
CF Center fielder
RF Right fielder
C Catcher
P Pitcher

WinnersEdit

During the first two years, the award was given to the best defensive player on each team in Major League Baseball. Starting in 2014, the award is given to the best fielder at each position in all of Major League Baseball.

Major Leagues combined (2014–present)Edit

Year 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF C P
2014 Adrián González Ian Kinsler Juan Uribe Andrelton Simmons Alex Gordon Lorenzo Cain Jason Heyward Russell Martin Johnny Cueto
2015 Paul Goldschmidt Dee Gordon Nolan Arenado Andrelton Simmons Starling Marte Kevin Pillar Jason Heyward Buster Posey Jacob deGrom
2016 Anthony Rizzo Dustin Pedroia Nolan Arenado Brandon Crawford Brett Gardner Kevin Kiermaier Mookie Betts Buster Posey Zack Greinke
2017 Carlos Santana DJ LeMahieu Nolan Arenado Andrelton Simmons Alex Gordon Byron Buxton Yasiel Puig Martin Maldonado Tyler Chatwood
2018 Freddie Freeman DJ LeMahieu Matt Chapman Andrelton Simmons Alex Gordon Kevin Kiermaier Mookie Betts Mike Zunino Zack Greinke

Overall Defensive Player of the YearEdit

The Overall Defensive Player of the Year Award was inaugurated in 2012, with one player each from the American and National Leagues receiving the award. In 2014, the separate awards per league were eliminated, and now only one player in all of Major League Baseball receives the honor.

Year League Player Team Position
2012 (AL) American Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF
2012 (NL) National Michael Bourn Atlanta Braves OF
2013 (AL) American Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 2B
2013 (NL) National Gerardo Parra Arizona Diamondbacks OF
2014 National Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves RF
2015 National Andrelton Simmons Atlanta Braves SS
2016 American Mookie Betts[2] Boston Red Sox RF
2017 American Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins CF
2018 American Matt Chapman Oakland Athletics 3B

Defensive Team of the YearEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wilson Defensive Player of The Year Award". Baseball Almanac. 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Miller, Doug (November 11, 2016). "Best Betts: Sox OF, Giants earn top defender honors: Boston star named Defensive Player of the Year; Giants win club honor". MLB.com. Retrieved November 11, 2016.