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.

  • Download the 2013 SDI rankings: Click here to download a spreadsheet with season-ending SDI values. The SDI algorithm, similar to OPS, includes three measures based on zone metrics, Total Zone (TZ), Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), which account for 70% of the SDI value; and two measures based on play-by-play data, Runs Effectively Defended (RED) and Defensive Regression Analysis (DRA), which account for 30% of the SDI value. The downloadable file is in Microsoft Excel (.xls) format.

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

PlayerTeamSDI
R.A. DickeyTOR4.9
Hiroki KurodaNYY2.4
Andy PettitteNYY2.1
Mark BuehrleTOR2.0
Hisashi IwakumaSEA1.8
Miguel GonzalezBAL1.8
David PriceTB1.7
Jose QuintanaCHW1.1
Bud NorrisHOU/BAL1.0
Max ScherzerDET0.9
Joe SaundersSEA0.9
Doug FisterDET0.9
Justin MastersonCLE0.9
CC SabathiaNYY0.8
Chris TillmanBAL0.4
C.J. WilsonLAA0.2
Jerome WilliamsLAA0.0
Yu DarvishTEX0.0
Jeremy HellicksonTB-0.1
A.J. GriffinOAK-0.2
Jeremy GuthrieKC-0.3
Ervin SantanaKC-0.5
Ryan DempsterBOS-0.6
Justin VerlanderDET-0.7
Felix DoubrontBOS-0.8
James ShieldsKC-0.9
Jarrod ParkerOAK-0.9
John LackeyBOS-1.0
Derek HollandTEX-1.1
Bartolo ColonOAK-1.1
Tommy MiloneOAK-1.2
Chris SaleCHW-1.3
Roberto HernandezTB-1.5
Ubaldo JimenezCLE-1.7
Jon LesterBOS-1.8
Rick PorcelloDET-2.1
Felix HernandezSEA-2.2
Kevin CorreiaMIN-2.7
Anibal SanchezDET-2.7

 

Catchers

PlayerTeamSDI
Salvador PerezKC7.6
Joe MauerMIN5.0
A.J. PierzynskiTEX2.2
Chris StewartNYY1.7
Tyler FlowersCHW-0.2
Jose MolinaTB-0.5
Jason CastroHOU-0.6
Matt WietersBAL-0.6
J.P. ArencibiaTOR-0.7
Derek NorrisOAK-2.2
Chris IannettaLAA-4.2
Jarrod SaltalamacchiaBOS-4.5
Jose LobatonTB-5.0
Alex AvilaDET-5.8
Carlos SantanaCLE-7.4

 

First basemen

PlayerTeamSDI
Mike NapoliBOS7.8
Nick SwisherCLE6.3
Eric HosmerKC6.1
Mark TrumboLAA4.3
James LoneyTB2.5
Justin MorneauMIN2.0
Mitch MorelandTEX1.7
Lyle OverbayNYY0.9
Chris DavisBAL-5.7
Brandon MossOAK-6.4
Justin SmoakSEA-6.5
Prince FielderDET-7.9

 

Second basemen

PlayerTeamSDI
Dustin PedroiaBOS11.6
Ian KinslerTEX6.9
Brian DozierMIN5.5
Ben ZobristTB4.7
Eric SogardOAK3.5
Omar InfanteDET1.1
Howie KendrickLAA0.6
Robinson CanoNYY-0.1
Jason KipnisCLE-2.0
Jose AltuveHOU-6.6

 

Third basemen

PlayerTeamSDI
Manny MachadoBAL32.4
Evan LongoriaTB11.0
Josh DonaldsonOAK9.3
Matt DominguezHOU5.5
Mike MoustakasKC0.4
Alberto CallaspoLAA/OAK-3.0
Kyle SeagerSEA-3.0
Conor GillaspieCHW-4.4
Adrian BeltreTEX-4.6
Trevor PlouffeMIN-4.7
Miguel CabreraDET-16.1

 

Shortstops

PlayerTeamSDI
Alcides EscobarKC8.1
Pedro FlorimonMIN7.6
Yunel EscobarTB6.2
Elvis AndrusTEX5.3
Jhonny PeraltaDET2.7
J.J. HardyBAL1.6
Alexei RamirezCHW0.4
Stephen DrewBOS-0.8
Asdrubal CabreraCLE-7.6
Erick AybarLAA-7.9
Jed LowrieOAK-11.4

 

Left fielders

PlayerTeamSDI
Alex GordonKC10.5
Andy DirksDET7.2
Yoenis CespedesOAK4.5
David MurphyTEX2.9
Nate McLouthBAL0.5
Michael BrantleyCLE-4.3
Daniel NavaBOS-4.5
Dayan ViciedoCHW-6.5

 

Center fielders

PlayerTeamSDI
Lorenzo CainKC12.1
Jacoby EllsburyBOS10.4
Leonys MartinTEX9.4
Colby RasmusTOR5.1
Brandon BarnesHOU4.1
Desmond JenningsTB0.5
Michael BournCLE-1.8
Mike TroutLAA-1.8
Austin JacksonDET-2.3
Brett GardnerNYY-2.3
Alejandro De AzaCHW-3.1
Michael SaundersSEA-7.5
Adam JonesBAL-9.8

 

Right fielders

PlayerTeamSDI
Shane VictorinoBOS19.0
Josh ReddickOAK11.2
Ichiro SuzukiNYY6.1
Jose BautistaTOR3.1
Alex RiosCHW/TEX1.5
Drew StubbsCLE-2.0
Nelson CruzTEX-2.6
Nick MarkakisBAL-3.0
Matthew JoyceTB-3.4
Josh HamiltonLAA-5.3
Torii HunterDET-7.3

 



 

National League

Pitchers

PlayerTeamSDI
Patrick CorbinARI4.9
Andrew CashnerSD3.7
Zack GreinkeLAD3.6
Kyle KendrickPHI3.6
Mike LeakeCIN3.5
Madison BumgarnerSF3.0
Julio TeheranATL2.5
Dillon GeeNYM2.4
Adam WainwrightSTL2.4
Jorge De La RosaCOL2.2
Mike MinorATL2.0
Eric StultsSD1.7
Cliff LeePHI1.3
Jose FernandezMIA1.2
Jeff LockePIT1.2
Hyun-jin RyuLAD1.1
Bronson ArroyoCIN1.0
Jordan ZimmermannWSH0.9
Kris MedlenATL0.8
Matt CainSF0.8
Jhoulys ChacinCOL0.8
Homer BaileyCIN0.6
Clayton KershawLAD0.4
Ian KennedyARI/SD0.1
Travis WoodCHC0.1
Matt HarveyNYM-0.2
Kyle LohseMIL-0.5
Ricky NolascoMIA/LAD-0.6
Yovani GallardoMIL-0.6
Dan HarenWSH-0.7
Juan NicasioCOL-0.8
Cole HamelsPHI-0.8
Stephen StrasburgWSH-1.0
Edwin JacksonCHC-1.0
Mat LatosCIN-1.3
Wily PeraltaMIL-1.3
Gio GonzalezWSH-1.4
Lance LynnSTL-1.5
Wade MileyARI-1.5
Shelby MillerSTL-2.3
A.J. BurnettPIT-2.6
Edinson VolquezSD/LAD-3.1
Jeff SamardzijaCHC-4.0
Tim LincecumSF-4.0

 

Catchers

PlayerTeamSDI
Russell MartinPIT10.3
Yadier MolinaSTL9.4
Welington CastilloCHC7.5
A.J. EllisLAD4.2
Buster PoseySF2.7
Carlos RuizPHI0.5
Brian McCannATL0.1
Devin MesoracoCIN0.0
Miguel MonteroARI-1.6
Jonathan LucroyMIL-2.0
Nick HundleySD-2.3
John BuckNYM/PIT-2.8
Kurt SuzukiWSH-2.9
Wilin RosarioCOL-3.1

 

First basemen

PlayerTeamSDI
Anthony RizzoCHC11.1
Paul GoldschmidtARI10.7
Adrian GonzalezLAD5.1
Freddie FreemanATL4.3
Brandon BeltSF4.2
Joey VottoCIN1.6
Allen CraigSTL1.0
Todd HeltonCOL-0.2
Adam LaRocheWSH-0.3
Ike DavisNYM-1.2

 

Second basemen

PlayerTeamSDI
Brandon PhillipsCIN8.1
Darwin BarneyCHC7.0
Mark EllisLAD5.3
Jedd GyorkoSD3.6
Neil WalkerPIT2.0
Marco ScutaroSF0.4
Chase UtleyPHI-0.7
Matt CarpenterSTL-2.4
Daniel MurphyNYM-8.9
Dan UgglaATL-9.9
Rickie WeeksMIL-11.6

 

Third basemen

PlayerTeamSDI
Nolan ArenadoCOL21.5
Juan UribeLAD16.4
Todd FrazierCIN5.8
Pedro AlvarezPIT4.6
Chase HeadleySD4.3
David WrightNYM2.9
Martin PradoARI1.9
Placido PolancoMIA0.5
Chris JohnsonATL-2.4
Pablo SandovalSF-7.6
Ryan ZimmermanWSH-7.7
David FreeseSTL-12.9
Michael YoungPHI/LAD-17.3

 

Shortstops

PlayerTeamSDI
Andrelton SimmonsATL29.3
Pete KozmaSTL8.7
Troy TulowitzkiCOL8.5
Jean SeguraMIL3.7
Zack CozartCIN3.6
Brandon CrawfordSF2.6
Everth CabreraSD-2.0
Ian DesmondWSH-2.5
Adeiny HechavarriaMIA-2.8
Starlin CastroCHC-5.2
Jimmy RollinsPHI-6.1

 

Left fielders

PlayerTeamSDI
Starling MartePIT9.2
Eric YoungCOL/NYM4.9
Alfonso SorianoCHC1.8
Carlos GonzalezCOL1.7
Justin UptonATL-1.1
Bryce HarperWSH-1.3
Matt HollidaySTL-3.1
Domonic BrownPHI-9.4

 

Center fielders

PlayerTeamSDI
Carlos GomezMIL23.1
Juan LagaresNYM13.1
A.J. PollockARI8.8
Denard SpanWSH6.6
Andrew McCutchenPIT5.8
Gregor BlancoSF2.0
B.J. UptonATL-2.2
Andre EthierLAD-2.9
Dexter FowlerCOL-3.9
Jon JaySTL-5.4
Shin-Soo ChooCIN-6.4

 

Right fielders

PlayerTeamSDI
Gerardo ParraARI18.9
Jay BruceCIN14.5
Jason HeywardATL8.0
Norichika AokiMIL7.4
Chris DenorfiaSD7.2
Hunter PenceSF4.1
Marlon ByrdNYM/PIT2.0
Nate SchierholtzCHC-0.3
Giancarlo StantonMIA-2.2
John MayberryPHI-2.3
Jayson WerthWSH-2.5
Will VenableSD-5.0
Carlos BeltranSTL-5.4
Michael CuddyerCOL-11.9

 

Originally posted: November 8, 2013



Originally published: November 8, 2013. Last Updated: May 12, 2020.

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