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SABR Defensive Index: 2013 results

Here are the final results of the SABR Defensive Index for the 2013 season.

Beginning in 2013, the SABR Defensive Index is used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, which is presented by SABR.

The SABR Defensive Index draws on and aggregates two types of existing defensive metrics: those derived from batted ball location-based data and those collected from play-by-play accounts. The three metrics representing batted ball data include Defensive Runs Saved from Baseball Info Solutions, Ultimate Zone Rating developed by noted sabermetrician Mitchel Lichtman, and Runs Effectively Defended built by SABR Defensive Committee member Chris Dial. The two metrics included in the SDI originating from play-by-play data are Defensive Regression Analysis, created by committee member Michael Humphreys, and Total Zone Rating.

The SABR Defensive Index accounts for 30 total “votes” — or approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process — that was added to the votes from the managers and coaches.

Rawlings revealed the revised selection process overview in March as part of its new collaboration with SABR. Since that announcement, SABR enlisted an independent committee of experts in baseball analytics and defensive measurement to devise the SDI. The SABR Defensive Committee includes:

  • Committee chair Vince Gennaro, SABR President and author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball
  • Sean Forman, founder of Baseball-Reference.com
  • John Dewan, owner of Baseball Info Solutions
  • Bo Moon, executive vice president and co-founder of Bloomberg Sports
  • Chris Dial, author and recognized expert on defensive metrics
  • Michael Humphreys, author of Wizardry: Baseball’s All-Time Greatest Fielders Revealed
  • F.X. Flinn, SABR board of directors

For more details on the new SABR Defensive Index, click here. To view the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners, click here.

The winners of 2013 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards presented by SABR were: Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Click here to learn more about the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, presented by SABR.

 

Please note: The SDI is calculated only for play at the position the player qualified for. The players listed are only those who have met the Rawlings qualification requirements at each position. For more details, visit Rawlings.com.

The measurement units for the SDI are: Defensive runs saved relative to the league average at the position.

Here are the 2013 SABR Defensive Index results (Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner in bold):

 

American League

Pitchers

Player Team SDI
R.A. Dickey TOR 4.9
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 2.4
Andy Pettitte NYY 2.1
Mark Buehrle TOR 2.0
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 1.8
Miguel Gonzalez BAL 1.8
David Price TB 1.7
Jose Quintana
CHW 1.1
Bud Norris
HOU/BAL 1.0
Max Scherzer DET 0.9
Joe Saunders SEA 0.9
Doug Fister DET 0.9
Justin Masterson CLE 0.9
CC Sabathia NYY 0.8
Chris Tillman BAL 0.4
C.J. Wilson LAA 0.2
Jerome Williams LAA 0.0
Yu Darvish TEX 0.0
Jeremy Hellickson TB -0.1
A.J. Griffin OAK -0.2
Jeremy Guthrie KC -0.3
Ervin Santana KC -0.5
Ryan Dempster BOS -0.6
Justin Verlander DET -0.7
Felix Doubront BOS -0.8
James Shields
KC -0.9
Jarrod Parker
OAK -0.9
John Lackey
BOS -1.0
Derek Holland TEX -1.1
Bartolo Colon OAK -1.1
Tommy Milone OAK -1.2
Chris Sale CHW -1.3
Roberto Hernandez TB -1.5
Ubaldo Jimenez
CLE -1.7
Jon Lester
BOS -1.8
Rick Porcello
DET -2.1
Felix Hernandez
SEA -2.2
Kevin Correia MIN -2.7
Anibal Sanchez DET -2.7

 

Catchers

Player Team SDI
Salvador Perez KC 7.6
Joe Mauer MIN 5.0
A.J. Pierzynski TEX 2.2
Chris Stewart NYY 1.7
Tyler Flowers CHW -0.2
Jose Molina
TB -0.5
Jason Castro HOU -0.6
Matt Wieters
BAL -0.6
J.P. Arencibia
TOR -0.7
Derek Norris OAK -2.2
Chris Iannetta LAA -4.2
Jarrod Saltalamacchia BOS -4.5
Jose Lobaton TB -5.0
Alex Avila DET -5.8
Carlos Santana CLE -7.4

 

First basemen

Player Team SDI
Mike Napoli BOS 7.8
Nick Swisher CLE 6.3
Eric Hosmer KC 6.1
Mark Trumbo LAA 4.3
James Loney TB 2.5
Justin Morneau MIN 2.0
Mitch Moreland TEX 1.7
Lyle Overbay NYY 0.9
Chris Davis BAL -5.7
Brandon Moss OAK -6.4
Justin Smoak SEA -6.5
Prince Fielder DET -7.9

 

Second basemen

Player Team SDI
Dustin Pedroia BOS 11.6
Ian Kinsler TEX 6.9
Brian Dozier MIN 5.5
Ben Zobrist TB 4.7
Eric Sogard OAK 3.5
Omar Infante DET 1.1
Howie Kendrick LAA 0.6
Robinson Cano NYY -0.1
Jason Kipnis CLE -2.0
Jose Altuve HOU -6.6

 

Third basemen

Player Team SDI
Manny Machado BAL 32.4
Evan Longoria TB 11.0
Josh Donaldson OAK 9.3
Matt Dominguez HOU 5.5
Mike Moustakas KC 0.4
Alberto Callaspo LAA/OAK -3.0
Kyle Seager SEA -3.0
Conor Gillaspie CHW -4.4
Adrian Beltre TEX -4.6
Trevor Plouffe MIN -4.7
Miguel Cabrera DET -16.1

 

Shortstops

Player Team SDI
Alcides Escobar KC 8.1
Pedro Florimon MIN 7.6
Yunel Escobar TB 6.2
Elvis Andrus TEX 5.3
Jhonny Peralta DET 2.7
J.J. Hardy BAL 1.6
Alexei Ramirez CHW 0.4
Stephen Drew BOS -0.8
Asdrubal Cabrera CLE -7.6
Erick Aybar LAA -7.9
Jed Lowrie OAK -11.4

 

Left fielders

Player Team SDI
Alex Gordon KC 10.5
Andy Dirks DET 7.2
Yoenis Cespedes OAK 4.5
David Murphy TEX 2.9
Nate McLouth BAL 0.5
Michael Brantley CLE -4.3
Daniel Nava BOS -4.5
Dayan Viciedo CHW -6.5

 

Center fielders

Player Team SDI
Lorenzo Cain KC 12.1
Jacoby Ellsbury BOS 10.4
Leonys Martin TEX 9.4
Colby Rasmus TOR 5.1
Brandon Barnes HOU 4.1
Desmond Jennings TB 0.5
Michael Bourn CLE -1.8
Mike Trout LAA -1.8
Austin Jackson DET -2.3
Brett Gardner NYY -2.3
Alejandro De Aza CHW -3.1
Michael Saunders SEA -7.5
Adam Jones BAL -9.8

 

Right fielders

Player Team SDI
Shane Victorino BOS 19.0
Josh Reddick OAK 11.2
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 6.1
Jose Bautista TOR 3.1
Alex Rios CHW/TEX 1.5
Drew Stubbs CLE -2.0
Nelson Cruz TEX -2.6
Nick Markakis BAL -3.0
Matthew Joyce TB -3.4
Josh Hamilton LAA -5.3
Torii Hunter DET -7.3

 



 

National League

Pitchers

Player Team SDI
Patrick Corbin ARI 4.9
Andrew Cashner SD 3.7
Zack Greinke LAD 3.6
Kyle Kendrick
PHI 3.6
Mike Leake
CIN 3.5
Madison Bumgarner SF 3.0
Julio Teheran ATL 2.5
Dillon Gee NYM 2.4
Adam Wainwright STL 2.4
Jorge De La Rosa COL 2.2
Mike Minor ATL 2.0
Eric Stults SD 1.7
Cliff Lee PHI 1.3
Jose Fernandez MIA 1.2
Jeff Locke PIT 1.2
Hyun-jin Ryu LAD 1.1
Bronson Arroyo
CIN 1.0
Jordan Zimmermann
WSH 0.9
Kris Medlen
ATL 0.8
Matt Cain SF 0.8
Jhoulys Chacin COL 0.8
Homer Bailey CIN 0.6
Clayton Kershaw LAD 0.4
Ian Kennedy ARI/SD 0.1
Travis Wood CHC 0.1
Matt Harvey NYM -0.2
Kyle Lohse MIL -0.5
Ricky Nolasco MIA/LAD -0.6
Yovani Gallardo
MIL -0.6
Dan Haren
WSH -0.7
Juan Nicasio COL -0.8
Cole Hamels PHI -0.8
Stephen Strasburg WSH -1.0
Edwin Jackson CHC -1.0
Mat Latos CIN -1.3
Wily Peralta
MIL -1.3
Gio Gonzalez
WSH -1.4
Lance Lynn STL -1.5
Wade Miley ARI -1.5
Shelby Miller STL -2.3
A.J. Burnett PIT -2.6
Edinson Volquez SD/LAD -3.1
Jeff Samardzija CHC -4.0
Tim Lincecum SF -4.0

 

Catchers

Player Team SDI
Russell Martin PIT 10.3
Yadier Molina STL 9.4
Welington Castillo CHC 7.5
A.J. Ellis LAD 4.2
Buster Posey SF 2.7
Carlos Ruiz PHI 0.5
Brian McCann ATL 0.1
Devin Mesoraco CIN 0.0
Miguel Montero ARI -1.6
Jonathan Lucroy MIL -2.0
Nick Hundley SD -2.3
John Buck NYM/PIT -2.8
Kurt Suzuki WSH -2.9
Wilin Rosario COL -3.1

 

First basemen

Player Team SDI
Anthony Rizzo CHC 11.1
Paul Goldschmidt ARI 10.7
Adrian Gonzalez LAD 5.1
Freddie Freeman ATL 4.3
Brandon Belt SF 4.2
Joey Votto CIN 1.6
Allen Craig STL 1.0
Todd Helton COL -0.2
Adam LaRoche WSH -0.3
Ike Davis NYM -1.2

 

Second basemen

Player Team SDI
Brandon Phillips CIN 8.1
Darwin Barney CHC 7.0
Mark Ellis LAD 5.3
Jedd Gyorko SD 3.6
Neil Walker PIT 2.0
Marco Scutaro SF 0.4
Chase Utley PHI -0.7
Matt Carpenter STL -2.4
Daniel Murphy NYM -8.9
Dan Uggla ATL -9.9
Rickie Weeks MIL -11.6

 

Third basemen

Player Team SDI
Nolan Arenado COL 21.5
Juan Uribe LAD 16.4
Todd Frazier CIN 5.8
Pedro Alvarez PIT 4.6
Chase Headley SD 4.3
David Wright NYM 2.9
Martin Prado ARI 1.9
Placido Polanco MIA 0.5
Chris Johnson ATL -2.4
Pablo Sandoval SF -7.6
Ryan Zimmerman WSH -7.7
David Freese STL -12.9
Michael Young PHI/LAD -17.3

 

Shortstops

Player Team SDI
Andrelton Simmons ATL 29.3
Pete Kozma STL 8.7
Troy Tulowitzki COL 8.5
Jean Segura MIL 3.7
Zack Cozart CIN 3.6
Brandon Crawford SF 2.6
Everth Cabrera SD -2.0
Ian Desmond WSH -2.5
Adeiny Hechavarria MIA -2.8
Starlin Castro CHC -5.2
Jimmy Rollins PHI -6.1

 

Left fielders

Player Team SDI
Starling Marte PIT 9.2
Eric Young COL/NYM 4.9
Alfonso Soriano CHC 1.8
Carlos Gonzalez COL 1.7
Justin Upton ATL -1.1
Bryce Harper WSH -1.3
Matt Holliday STL -3.1
Domonic Brown PHI -9.4

 

Center fielders

Player Team SDI
Carlos Gomez MIL 23.1
Juan Lagares NYM 13.1
A.J. Pollock ARI 8.8
Denard Span WSH 6.6
Andrew McCutchen PIT 5.8
Gregor Blanco SF 2.0
B.J. Upton ATL -2.2
Andre Ethier LAD -2.9
Dexter Fowler COL -3.9
Jon Jay STL -5.4
Shin-Soo Choo CIN -6.4

 

Right fielders

Player Team SDI
Gerardo Parra ARI 18.9
Jay Bruce CIN 14.5
Jason Heyward ATL 8.0
Norichika Aoki MIL 7.4
Chris Denorfia SD 7.2
Hunter Pence SF 4.1
Marlon Byrd NYM/PIT 2.0
Nate Schierholtz CHC -0.3
Giancarlo Stanton MIA -2.2
John Mayberry PHI -2.3
Jayson Werth WSH -2.5
Will Venable SD -5.0
Carlos Beltran STL -5.4
Michael Cuddyer COL -11.9

 

 

This page was last updated November 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm MST.

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