SABR Defensive Index: August 3, 2014

Here are the full SABR Defensive Index™ rankings, through games of August 3, 2014.

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 based on STATS Zone Rating and 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 measurement units for the SDI are: Defensive runs saved relative to the league average at the position.

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AL overall leaders

Player Team Position SDI
Alex Gordon KCR LF 16.8
Josh Donaldson OAK 3B 16.6
Kyle Seager SEA 3B 13.6
Jarrod Dyson KCR CF 10.5
Jackie Bradley BOS CF 9.9
Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 7.6
Lorenzo Cain KCR CF 7.3
Kevin Kiermaier TBR RF 7.2
Michael Saunders SEA RF 6.8
J.J. Hardy BAL SS 6.6
Dustin Ackley SEA LF 6.6
Salvador Perez KCR C 6.4
Ian Kinsler DET 2B 6.0
Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 6.0
Sam Fuld MIN CF 5.9
Eric Sogard OAK 2B 5.9
Manny Machado BAL 3B 5.5
David Lough BAL LF 5.4
Robinson Chirinos TEX C 5.3
Desmond Jennings TBR CF 5.0
Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 4.8
Adam Eaton CHW CF 4.8
Alex Avila DET C 4.5
John McDonald LAA 3B 4.4
Josh Reddick OAK RF 4.4

 

NL overall leaders

Player Team Position SDI
Jason Heyward ATL RF 21.3
Juan Uribe LAD 3B 14.9
Zack Cozart CIN SS 13.2
Juan Lagares NYM CF 11.5
Billy Hamilton CIN CF 10.8
Nolan Arenado COL 3B 9.9
Jordy Mercer PIT SS 8.4
Christian Yelich MIA LF 8.2
Pablo Sandoval SFG 3B 7.5
Chase Headley SDP 3B 7.5
Giancarlo Stanton MIA RF 7.5
Jhonny Peralta STL SS 7.4
Yadier Molina STL C 6.5
Chase Utley PHI 2B 6.2
DJ LeMahieu COL 2B 6.2
Russell Martin PIT C 6.1
Andrelton Simmons ATL SS 6.1
Khris Davis MIL LF 5.8
David Wright NYM 3B 5.8
Adrian Gonzalez LAD 1B 5.7
Darwin Barney CHC 2B 5.5
Henderson Alvarez MIA P 5.4
Wilson Ramos WSN C 5.2
Jimmy Rollins PHI SS 5.0
Ender Inciarte ARI CF 4.8

 


 

AL leaders, by position

(Qualification: 5 IP per Game for Pitchers, 50 Games Played at Position for Fielders)

Pitchers

Player Team SDI
Dallas Keuchel HOU 4
Jose Quintana CHW 1.8
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 1.7
R.A. Dickey TOR 1.6
Sonny Gray OAK 1.5
Justin Masterson CLE 1.5
Mark Buehrle TOR 1.4
Jarred Cosart HOU 1.3
Yu Darvish TEX 1.3
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 1.2
Tommy Milone OAK/MIN 1
Chris Sale CHW 1
C.J. Wilson LAA 0.9
Rubby De La Rosa BOS 0.9
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 0.9
Roenis Elias SEA 0.7
Yordano Ventura KCR 0.6
Collin McHugh HOU 0.6
Brett Oberholtzer HOU 0.6
Jake Odorizzi TBR 0.4
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 0.4
Nick Tepesch TEX 0.4
Jered Weaver LAA 0.3
Jason Vargas KCR 0.2
Chris Tillman BAL 0.2
Bud Norris BAL 0.1
Kyle Gibson MIN 0.1
Anibal Sanchez DET 0.1
James Paxton SEA 0
Jake Peavy BOS 0
Jeremy Hellickson TBR 0
Rudy Owens HOU 0
Anthony Ranaudo BOS 0
Josh Tomlin CLE 0
Jeremy Guthrie KCR -0.1
Yohan Pino MIN -0.1
Danny Salazar CLE -0.1
John Danks CHW -0.2
Drew Smyly DET/TBR -0.2
Justin Verlander DET -0.3
David Price TBR/DET -0.3
Scott Kazmir OAK -0.4
Dan Straily OAK -0.4
Martin Perez TEX -0.4
Chris Young SEA -0.4
Rick Porcello DET -0.4
Trevor Bauer CLE -0.5
Ricky Nolasco MIN -0.5
Chris Archer TBR -0.5
Alex Cobb TBR -0.5
Ivan Nova NYY -0.5
James Shields KCR -0.7
Kevin Gausman BAL -0.8
Kevin Correia MIN -0.8
Miles Mikolas TEX -0.9
Garrett Richards LAA -1
Jesse Chavez OAK -1.1
Colby Lewis TEX -1.1
Corey Kluber CLE -1.1
CC Sabathia NYY -1.2
Clay Buchholz BOS -1.2
Hiroki Kuroda NYY -1.2
Jon Lester BOS/OAK -1.2
Tyler Skaggs LAA -1.3
Drew Hutchison TOR -1.5
Max Scherzer DET -1.5
Scott Feldman HOU -1.5
John Lackey BOS -1.7
Felix Hernandez SEA -1.7
Miguel Gonzalez BAL -1.9
Phil Hughes MIN -3.5

 

Catchers

Player Team SDI
Salvador Perez KCR 6.4
Robinson Chirinos TEX 5.3
Alex Avila DET 4.5
Brian McCann NYY 3.9
Ryan Hanigan TBR 1.6
Yan Gomes CLE 1.4
Jason Castro HOU 1.2
Tyler Flowers CHW 0.9
Hank Conger LAA 0.8
Dioner Navarro TOR -0.1
Kurt Suzuki MIN -0.2
Mike Zunino SEA -0.7
Jose Molina TBR -0.9
A.J. Pierzynski BOS -1.5
Chris Iannetta LAA -1.7
Derek Norris OAK -2.7

 

First base

Player Team SDI
Miguel Cabrera DET 4.8
Carlos Santana CLE 4.2
Eric Hosmer KCR 3.7
Joe Mauer MIN 2.7
Albert Pujols LAA 2.6
Chris Davis BAL 1.1
Mike Napoli BOS 0
Mark Teixeira NYY -0.6
Jose Abreu CHW -0.9
Brandon Moss OAK -1.4
Justin Smoak SEA -3
Edwin Encarnacion TOR -3.1
Jon Singleton HOU -4.8
James Loney TBR -5.8
Nick Swisher CLE -7

 

Second base

Player Team SDI
Dustin Pedroia BOS 7.6
Jonathan Schoop BAL 6
Ian Kinsler DET 6
Eric Sogard OAK 5.9
Gordon Beckham CHW 3
Ben Zobrist TBR 2.1
Howie Kendrick LAA 1
Brian Dozier MIN 0.6
Brian Roberts NYY 0.1
Robinson Cano SEA -0.1
Rougned Odor TEX -3.1
Omar Infante KCR -3.7
Jason Kipnis CLE -4.2
Jose Altuve HOU -5.9

 

Third base

Player Team SDI
Josh Donaldson OAK 16.6
Kyle Seager SEA 13.6
Manny Machado BAL 5.5
John McDonald LAA 4.4
Trevor Plouffe MIN 2.9
Brett Lawrie TOR 2.2
Evan Longoria TBR -0.5
Mike Moustakas KCR -1.5
Yangervis Solarte NYY -1.6
Juan Francisco TOR -2.2
Adrian Beltre TEX -3.2
Matt Dominguez HOU -3.9
David Freese LAA -5.5
Conor Gillaspie CHW -5.6
Lonnie Chisenhall CLE -8.9
Nick Castellanos DET -13.7

 

Shortstop

Player Team SDI
J.J. Hardy BAL 6.6
Eduardo Escobar MIN 1.7
Jonathan Villar HOU 1.3
Erick Aybar LAA 0.9
Brad Miller SEA 0.7
Jed Lowrie OAK 0
Asdrubal Cabrera CLE -0.6
Alexei Ramirez CHW -1.2
Elvis Andrus TEX -2
Andrew Romine DET -2.2
Xander Bogaerts BOS -3.7
Alcides Escobar KCR -4.2
Jose Reyes TOR -6
Yunel Escobar TBR -12
Derek Jeter NYY -14.8

 

Left field

Player Team SDI
Alex Gordon KCR 16.8
Dustin Ackley SEA 6.6
David Lough BAL 5.4
Matthew Joyce TBR 2.7
Yoenis Cespedes OAK/BOS 2.7
Alejandro De Aza CHW 2.6
Brett Gardner NYY 2.4
Josh Hamilton LAA 0.4
Josh Willingham MIN -2
Rajai Davis DET -3.7
Michael Brantley CLE -4.4
Shin-Soo Choo TEX -6.6
Melky Cabrera TOR -7.4
Jonny Gomes BOS/OAK -9

 

Center field

Player Team SDI
Jarrod Dyson KCR 10.5
Jackie Bradley BOS 9.9
Lorenzo Cain KCR 7.3
Sam Fuld MIN/OAK 5.9
Desmond Jennings TBR 5
Adam Eaton CHW 4.8
Leonys Martin TEX 3.9
Jacoby Ellsbury NYY 1.6
Mike Trout LAA 0.3
Adam Jones BAL -3.9
Colby Rasmus TOR -4
Michael Bourn CLE -4.4
James Jones SEA -4.8
Coco Crisp OAK -6.3
Austin Jackson DET/SEA -7.1
Dexter Fowler HOU -11.8

 

Right field

Player Team SDI
Kevin Kiermaier TBR 7.2
Michael Saunders SEA 6.8
Josh Reddick OAK 4.4
Kole Calhoun LAA 0.8
Moises Sierra TOR 0.7
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 0.4
Jose Bautista TOR 0.1
Nick Markakis BAL -0.9
Alex Rios TEX -1
George Springer HOU -1.9
Nori Aoki KCR -3.2
Oswaldo Arcia MIN -3.3
Wil Myers TBR -4.1
David Murphy CLE -4.6
Dayan Viciedo CHW -5.2
Torii Hunter DET -10.1

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NL leaders, by position

(Qualification: 5 IP per Game for Pitchers, 50 Games Played at Position for Fielders)

Pitchers

Player Team SDI
Henderson Alvarez MIA 5.4
Edwin Jackson CHC 3.3
Zack Greinke LAD 2.6
Andrew Cashner SDP 2.4
Jordan Lyles COL 2.2
Johnny Cueto CIN 2.2
Adam Wainwright STL 2.2
Clayton Kershaw LAD 1.9
Dillon Gee NYM 1.9
Julio Teheran ATL 1.6
Lance Lynn STL 1.5
Nathan Eovaldi MIA 1.3
Charlie Morton PIT 1.3
Homer Bailey CIN 1.3
Travis Wood CHC 1.2
David Buchanan PHI 1.2
Marco Estrada MIL 1.1
Hyun-jin Ryu LAD 1.1
Michael Wacha STL 1
Doug Fister WSN 1
Jaime Garcia STL 1
Mike Bolsinger ARI 1
Aaron Harang ATL 1
Alfredo Simon CIN 1
Eric Stults SDP 1
Jesse Hahn SDP 0.9
Edinson Volquez PIT 0.8
Gerrit Cole PIT 0.8
Jose Fernandez MIA 0.8
Jhoulys Chacin COL 0.7
Chase Anderson ARI 0.7
Kyle Lohse MIL 0.7
Dallas Beeler CHC 0.6
Ervin Santana ATL 0.6
Kyle Hendricks CHC 0.6
Ian Kennedy SDP 0.6
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 0.6
Vance Worley PIT 0.4
Tyson Ross SDP 0.4
Tanner Roark WSN 0.4
Gavin Floyd ATL 0.3
Ryan Vogelsong SFG 0.3
Brandon Cumpton PIT 0.3
Josh Collmenter ARI 0.3
Jason Hammel CHC 0.2
Gio Gonzalez WSN 0.2
Jeff Samardzija CHC 0.1
Roberto Hernandez PHI 0.1
Jeff Locke PIT 0.1
Zack Wheeler NYM 0.1
Dan Haren LAD 0.1
Matt Cain SFG 0.1
Sean O'Sullivan PHI 0
Cole Hamels PHI 0
Taylor Jordan WSN 0
Billy Buckner SDP 0
Andrew Heaney MIA 0
Stephen Fife LAD 0
Odrisamer Despaigne SDP 0
Pedro Hernandez COL 0
Mike Leake CIN 0
Stephen Strasburg WSN -0.1
Matt Garza MIL -0.1
Tyler Chatwood COL -0.1
Wade Miley ARI -0.1
Bronson Arroyo ARI -0.2
Francisco Liriano PIT -0.2
Mat Latos CIN -0.3
Kyle Kendrick PHI -0.3
Eddie Butler COL -0.4
Robbie Erlin SDP -0.4
Cliff Lee PHI -0.4
Jordan Zimmermann WSN -0.4
Brett Anderson COL -0.5
Tyler Matzek COL -0.5
Bartolo Colon NYM -0.5
Josh Beckett LAD -0.5
Jorge De La Rosa COL -0.7
Jon Niese NYM -0.7
Jacob deGrom NYM -0.8
Jimmy Nelson MIL -0.8
Tim Hudson SFG -0.8
Shelby Miller STL -0.8
Brandon McCarthy ARI -0.8
Tim Lincecum SFG -0.9
A.J. Burnett PHI -0.9
Wily Peralta MIL -1.1
Madison Bumgarner SFG -1.3
Tom Koehler MIA -1.4
Yovani Gallardo MIL -1.4
Jake Arrieta CHC -1.4
Mike Minor ATL -1.6
Juan Nicasio COL -1.6


 

Catchers

Player Team SDI
Yadier Molina STL 6.5
Russell Martin PIT 6.1
Wilson Ramos WSN 5.2
Carlos Ruiz PHI 3.2
Jonathan Lucroy MIL 3.2
Rene Rivera SDP 2.6
Jose Lobaton WSN 2.4
Devin Mesoraco CIN 1
Buster Posey SFG -0.1
Miguel Montero ARI -0.5
Welington Castillo CHC -0.8
Evan Gattis ATL -2.8
Wilin Rosario COL -3.1
A.J. Ellis LAD -3.8
Yasmani Grandal SDP -4.6
Jarrod Saltalamacchia MIA -6
Travis d'Arnaud NYM -6.1


 

First base

Player Team SDI
Adrian Gonzalez LAD 5.7
Matt Adams STL 4.4
Mark Reynolds MIL 4.2
Yonder Alonso SDP 4
Brandon Belt SFG 2.5
Anthony Rizzo CHC 2
Lucas Duda NYM 1.5
Justin Morneau COL 1.1
Adam LaRoche WSN 0.2
Lyle Overbay MIL 0.2
Paul Goldschmidt ARI -0.1
Joey Votto CIN -0.1
Gaby Sanchez PIT -0.3
Ike Davis NYM -1.3
Ryan Howard PHI -1.8
Freddie Freeman ATL -3.1
Garrett Jones MIA -4.2


 

Second base

Player Team SDI
DJ LeMahieu COL 6.2
Chase Utley PHI 6.2
Darwin Barney CHC/LAD 5.5
Brandon Hicks SFG 4
Dee Gordon LAD 1.9
Brandon Phillips CIN 1
Kolten Wong STL -0.1
Danny Espinosa WSN -0.2
Aaron Hill ARI -2.2
Jedd Gyorko SDP -2.9
Tommy La Stella ATL -4.1
Scooter Gennett MIL -4.4
Daniel Murphy NYM -5.9
Neil Walker PIT -9.8


 

Third base

Player Team SDI
Juan Uribe LAD 14.9
Nolan Arenado COL 9.9
Pablo Sandoval SFG 7.5
Chase Headley SDP 7.5
David Wright NYM 5.8
Todd Frazier CIN 2.8
Martin Prado ARI 2.7
Matt Carpenter STL 1.9
Aramis Ramirez MIL 1.3
Anthony Rendon WSN 0.9
Pedro Alvarez PIT -3.6
Mike Olt CHC -3.9
Cody Asche PHI -4.5
Casey McGehee MIA -6.4
Luis Valbuena CHC -7.9
Chris Johnson ATL -10


 

Shortstop

Player Team SDI
Zack Cozart CIN 13.2
Jordy Mercer PIT 8.4
Jhonny Peralta STL 7.4
Andrelton Simmons ATL 6.1
Jimmy Rollins PHI 5
Jean Segura MIL 4.3
Ruben Tejada NYM 3.6
Troy Tulowitzki COL 3.6
Chris Owings ARI 1.9
Brandon Crawford SFG 1.2
Everth Cabrera SDP 0
Ian Desmond WSN -2.9
Starlin Castro CHC -2.9
Adeiny Hechavarria MIA -5.6
Hanley Ramirez LAD -10.3


 

Left field

Player Team SDI
Christian Yelich MIA 8.2
Khris Davis MIL 5.8
Eric Young NYM 3.5
Chris Young NYM 3.2
Justin Upton ATL 1.8
Seth Smith SDP 1.7
Carl Crawford LAD 1.3
Starling Marte PIT 1
Corey Dickerson COL -0.6
Ryan Ludwick CIN -1.2
Domonic Brown PHI -3.3
Matt Holliday STL -3.5
Mike Morse SFG -5.8
Chris Coghlan CHC -5.9


 

Center field

Player Team SDI
Juan Lagares NYM 11.5
Billy Hamilton CIN 10.8
Ender Inciarte ARI 4.8
Peter Bourjos STL 4
Cameron Maybin SDP 3
Angel Pagan SFG 2.8
Marcell Ozuna MIA 2.6
Denard Span WSN 0.5
Jon Jay STL 0.4
Carlos Gomez MIL 0.2
Drew Stubbs COL 0.1
Will Venable SDP -1.9
Andre Ethier LAD -3.5
Gregor Blanco SFG -4
Andrew McCutchen PIT -4.5
B.J. Upton ATL -5.2
Ben Revere PHI -5.4


 

Right field

Player Team SDI
Jason Heyward ATL 21.3
Giancarlo Stanton MIA 7.5
Chris Denorfia SDP 4.5
Nate Schierholtz CHC 4.3
Will Venable SDP 4.3
Marlon Byrd PHI 2.9
Ryan Braun MIL 2
Curtis Granderson NYM 0.7
Gerardo Parra ARI/MIL -0.5
Allen Craig STL -0.7
Hunter Pence SFG -0.8
Yasiel Puig LAD -1.5
Jay Bruce CIN -2.7
Jayson Werth WSN -5.6


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