SABR Defensive Index: Final 2017 rankings

Here are the final SABR Defensive Index™ rankings for the 2017 season among positional qualifiers for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

For the fifth consecutive season, the SDI was used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR. The SABR Defensive Index accounts for approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process which are added to the votes from the managers and coaches.

To learn more about the SABR Defensive Index, visit SABR.org/SDI.

Scroll down to see AL and NL overall leaders, or click a link below to see SDI leaders as ranked by position:

 

2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners are listed in bold.

AL overall leaders

Player Team Position SDI
Mookie Betts BOS RF 22.0
Byron Buxton MIN CF 20.0
Andrelton Simmons LAA SS 18.8
Martin Maldonado LAA C 14.1
Alex Gordon KCR LF 11.1
Brett Gardner NYY LF 10.8
Elvis Andrus TEX SS 10.1
Lorenzo Cain KCR CF 10.1
Aaron Judge NYY RF 8.5
Sandy Leon BOS C 7.7
Justin Upton DET LF 7.7
Christian Vazquez BOS C 7.1
Jarrod Dyson SEA CF 6.8
Carlos Santana CLE 1B 6.7
Evan Longoria TBR 3B 6.5
Francisco Lindor CLE SS 6.5
Kole Calhoun LAA RF 6.4
Didi Gregorius NYY SS 6.3
Todd Frazier CHW 3B 5.9
Ian Kinsler DET 2B 5.8
Kyle Seager SEA 3B 5.7
Mitch Moreland BOS 1B 5.5
Jason Castro MIN C 4.6
Avisail Garcia CHW RF 4.4
Max Kepler MIN RF 4.2

 

NL overall leaders

Player Team Position SDI
Jason Heyward CHC RF 12.8
Nolan Arenado COL 3B 11.0
Austin Hedges SDP C 10.7
Brandon Belt SFG 1B 10.7
Tucker Barnhart CIN C 10.4
DJ LeMahieu COL 2B 10.2
David Freese PIT 3B 9.5
Yasiel Puig LAD RF 9.5
Manny Pina MIL C 8.9
Jedd Gyorko STL 3B 8.9
Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 8.8
Addison Russell CHC SS 8.3
Yasmani Grandal LAD C 8.2
Giancarlo Stanton MIA RF 8.2
Michael Taylor WSN CF 7.9
Joey Votto CIN 1B 7.9
Yadier Molina STL C 7.1
Ender Inciarte ATL CF 7.1
Corey Seager LAD SS 7.0
Manuel Margot SDP CF 6.9
Jay Bruce NYM RF 6.6
Marcell Ozuna MIA LF 6.5
Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 6.3
Anthony Rendon WSN 3B 6.2
Billy Hamilton CIN CF 5.7

 

AL leaders, by position

(2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award qualifiers)

Pitchers

Player Team SDI
Marcus Stroman TOR 3.5
Luis Severino NYY 2.7
Alex Cobb TBR 2.5
Jason Vargas KCR 1.9
Chris Sale BOS 1.8
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 1.3
Wade Miley BAL 1.3
Carlos Carrasco CLE 1.1
Andrew Cashner TEX 0.8
Dylan Bundy BAL 0.5
Marco Estrada TOR 0.4
Ariel Miranda SEA 0.2
Jose Quintana CHW -0.2
Justin Verlander DET -0.3
Yu Darvish TEX -0.3
Corey Kluber CLE -0.4
Sean Manaea OAK -0.5
Martin Perez TEX -0.5
Rick Porcello BOS -0.6
Trevor Bauer CLE -0.9
Ervin Santana MIN -1.3
Drew Pomeranz BOS -1.4
Kevin Gausman BAL -1.5
Ricky Nolasco LAA -1.6
Michael Fulmer DET -1.6
Mike Fiers HOU -1.7
J.C. Ramirez LAA -1.9
Jordan Zimmermann DET -2.6
Jason Hammel KCR -2.7
Chris Archer TBR -2.8

 

Catchers

Player Team SDI
Martin Maldonado LAA 14.1
Sandy Leon BOS 7.7
Christian Vazquez BOS 7.1
Jason Castro MIN 4.6
Yan Gomes CLE 3.5
Caleb Joseph BAL 3.4
Salvador Perez KCR 1.5
Welington Castillo BAL 0.7
Robinson Chirinos TEX 0.6
Gary Sanchez NYY 0.1
Alex Avila DET 0.0
Mike Zunino SEA -0.3
Russell Martin TOR -0.3
James McCann DET -1.7
Jonathan Lucroy TEX -2.8
Omar Narvaez CHW -4.0
Brian McCann HOU -6.6

 

First base

Player Team SDI
Carlos Santana CLE 6.7
Mitch Moreland BOS 5.5
Joe Mauer MIN 3.8
Danny Valencia SEA 3.7
Logan Morrison TBR 2.2
Justin Smoak TOR 1.8
Jose Abreu CHW 1.5
Chris Davis BAL -0.3
Yuli Gurriel HOU -0.8
Mike Napoli TEX -0.8
Miguel Cabrera DET -2.2
Eric Hosmer KCR -2.6
Yonder Alonso OAK -4.4

 

Second base

Player Team SDI
Ian Kinsler DET 5.8
Brian Dozier MIN 3.6
Dustin Pedroia BOS 2.6
Ronald Torreyes NYY 2.2
Yolmer Sanchez CHW 2.1
Jose Altuve HOU 2.1
Rougned Odor TEX 0.6
Jed Lowrie OAK -0.1
Jonathan Schoop BAL -0.1
Darwin Barney TOR -1.3
Whit Merrifield KCR -2.1
Robinson Cano SEA -3.8
Starlin Castro NYY -5.9

 

Third base

Player Team SDI
Evan Longoria TBR 6.5
Todd Frazier CHW 5.9
Kyle Seager SEA 5.7
Jose Ramirez CLE 3.7
Josh Donaldson TOR 1.6
Alex Bregman HOU 1.5
Manny Machado BAL -2.5
Joey Gallo TEX -2.7
Chase Headley NYY -3.5
Mike Moustakas KCR -3.7
Miguel Sano MIN -5.8
Yunel Escobar LAA -6.4
Nicholas Castellanos DET -13.5

 

Shortstop

Player Team SDI
Andrelton Simmons LAA 18.8
Elvis Andrus TEX 10.1
Francisco Lindor CLE 6.5
Didi Gregorius NYY 6.3
Carlos Correa HOU 1.7
Jose Iglesias DET 1.3
Tim Beckham BAL 1.1
Alcides Escobar KCR -0.7
Jorge Polanco MIN -3.8
Ryan Goins TOR -4.8
Jean Segura SEA -7.1
Xander Bogaerts BOS -7.5
Tim Anderson CHW -11.0

 

Left field

Player Team SDI
Alex Gordon KCR 11.1
Brett Gardner NYY 10.8
Justin Upton DET 7.7
Guillermo Heredia SEA 1.2
Cameron Maybin HOU 0.5
Michael Brantley CLE 0.3
Eddie Rosario MIN -0.2
Marwin Gonzalez HOU -1.2
Andrew Benintendi BOS -1.5
Steve Pearce TOR -1.5
Trey Mancini BAL -3.2
Ben Gamel SEA -4.6
Melky Cabrera CHW -4.9
Khris Davis OAK -7.8

 

Center field

Player Team SDI
Byron Buxton MIN 20.0
Lorenzo Cain KCR 10.1
Jarrod Dyson SEA 6.8
George Springer HOU 2.0
Kevin Pillar TOR 2.0
Rajai Davis BOS 0.4
Mike Trout LAA 0.2
Jackie Bradley BOS 0.0
Carlos Gomez TEX -2.7
Mikie Mahtook DET -4.4
Adam Jones BAL -9.0

 

Right field

Player Team SDI
Mookie Betts BOS 22.0
Aaron Judge NYY 8.5
Kole Calhoun LAA 6.4
Avisail Garcia CHW 4.4
Max Kepler MIN 4.2
Josh Reddick HOU 2.1
Steven Souza TBR -0.4
Matthew Joyce OAK -1.4
Nomar Mazara TEX -1.6
J.D. Martinez DET -3.2
Jorge Bonifacio KCR -3.8
Jose Bautista TOR -6.1

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NL leaders, by position

(2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award qualifiers)

Pitchers

Player Team SDI
R.A. Dickey ATL 5.1
Jhoulys Chacin SDP 4.6
Julio Teheran ATL 4.1
Patrick Corbin ARI 3.5
Zach Davies MIL 3.5
Jeff Samardzija SFG 3.3
Ivan Nova PIT 3.3
Zack Greinke ARI 2.9
Mike Leake STL 2.8
Jose Urena MIA 1.5
Gerrit Cole PIT 1.3
Kyle Freeland COL 1.1
Gio Gonzalez WSN 0.9
Jeremy Hellickson PHI 0.9
Chad Kuhl PIT 0.7
Ty Blach SFG 0.7
Clayton Richard SDP 0.5
Jon Lester CHC 0.4
Aaron Nola PHI 0.3
Jaime Garcia ATL 0.3
Michael Wacha STL 0.2
Lance Lynn STL 0.1
Jake Arrieta CHC 0.0
Jacob deGrom NYM -0.1
Matt Moore SFG -0.2
John Lackey CHC -0.4
Tanner Roark WSN -0.4
Stephen Strasburg WSN -0.6
Clayton Kershaw LAD -0.7
Max Scherzer WSN -0.7
Dan Straily MIA -1.1
Robbie Ray ARI -1.1
Mike Foltynewicz ATL -1.1
Luis Perdomo SDP -1.4
Jimmy Nelson MIL -1.6
Carlos Martinez STL -2.6

 

Catchers

Player Team SDI
Austin Hedges SDP 10.7
Tucker Barnhart CIN 10.4
Manny Pina MIL 8.9
Yasmani Grandal LAD 8.2
Yadier Molina STL 7.1
Buster Posey SFG 4.8
Tyler Flowers ATL 2.5
Tony Wolters COL 1.2
J.T. Realmuto MIA 0.1
Matt Wieters WSN -1.1
Willson Contreras CHC -1.3
Travis d'Arnaud NYM -2.1
Cameron Rupp PHI -3.8
Francisco Cervelli PIT -4.4

 

First base

Player Team SDI
Brandon Belt SFG 10.7
Paul Goldschmidt ARI 8.8
Joey Votto CIN 7.9
Anthony Rizzo CHC 6.3
Cody Bellinger LAD 0.8
Eric Thames MIL 0.3
Matt Carpenter STL 0.3
Freddie Freeman ATL -0.8
Lucas Duda NYM -2.1
Wil Myers SDP -3.5
Josh Bell PIT -3.6
Mark Reynolds COL -4.5
Ryan Zimmerman WSN -7.2
Tommy Joseph PHI -10.8

 

Second base

Player Team SDI
DJ LeMahieu COL 10.2
Dee Gordon MIA 4.3
Ben Zobrist CHC 3.6
Brandon Drury ARI 3.2
Logan Forsythe LAD 2.7
Jose Peraza CIN 2.6
Josh Harrison PIT 1.1
Kolten Wong STL -0.9
Brandon Phillips ATL -0.9
Yangervis Solarte SDP -3.2
Jonathan Villar MIL -4.0
Cesar Hernandez PHI -4.1
Daniel Murphy WSN -5.2
Neil Walker MIL -5.8
Scooter Gennett CIN -6.6
Joe Panik SFG -6.8

 

Third base

Player Team SDI
Nolan Arenado COL 11.0
David Freese PIT 9.5
Jedd Gyorko STL 8.9
Anthony Rendon WSN 6.2
Travis Shaw MIL 3.4
Justin Turner LAD 2.3
Kris Bryant CHC 2.1
Eugenio Suarez CIN -0.3
Cory Spangenberg SDP -2.8
Wilmer Flores NYM -5.4
Derek Dietrich MIA -6.2
Maikel Franco PHI -6.7
Jake Lamb ARI -9.0

 

Shortstop

Player Team SDI
Addison Russell CHC 8.3
Corey Seager LAD 7.0
Orlando Arcia MIL 5.6
Brandon Crawford SFG 4.8
Trevor Story COL 2.8
Paul DeJong STL 1.7
Freddy Galvis PHI 1.1
Zack Cozart CIN 1.1
Javier Baez CHC 0.6
Chris Owings ARI -3.9
Dansby Swanson ATL -5.3
Erick Aybar SDP -5.3
Jordy Mercer PIT -5.8
Asdrubal Cabrera NYM -6.8
Jose Reyes NYM -9.2

 

Left field

Player Team SDI
Marcell Ozuna MIA 6.5
Tommy Pham STL 4.2
Hernan Perez MIL 3.4
Chris Taylor LAD 3.1
Adam Duvall CIN 2.8
Adam Frazier PIT 2.2
Gerardo Parra COL 2.1
Randal Grichuk STL 0.9
Michael Conforto NYM 0.8
Kyle Schwarber CHC -2.6
Matt Kemp ATL -11.7

 

Center field

Player Team SDI
Michael Taylor WSN 7.9
Ender Inciarte ATL 7.1
Manuel Margot SDP 6.9
Billy Hamilton CIN 5.7
Odubel Herrera PHI 5.4
A.J. Pollock ARI 3.5
Charlie Blackmon COL -5.0
Christian Yelich MIA -5.4
Curtis Granderson LAD -5.9
Keon Broxton MIL -7.2
Dexter Fowler STL -7.8
Andrew McCutchen PIT -8.1
Denard Span SFG -12.5

 

Right field

Player Team SDI
Jason Heyward CHC 12.8
Yasiel Puig LAD 9.5
Giancarlo Stanton MIA 8.2
Jay Bruce NYM 6.6
Gregory Polanco PIT 2.0
Hunter Pence SFG 1.9
David Peralta ARI 0.9
Bryce Harper WSN 0.4
Nick Markakis ATL -0.2
Hunter Renfroe SDP -0.9
Carlos Gonzalez COL -3.0
Scott Schebler CIN -3.3
Domingo Santana MIL -6.9

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