Dewan: The best projected defensive infield and outfield

From SABR member John Deawn at ACTA Sports on March 8, 2016:

With Spring Training working its way into full swing, it’s time to break down our team Defensive Runs Saved projections for the 2016 season.

The Baltimore Orioles own this year’s best defensive infield projection at 27 runs saved.


Manny Machado, who finished third in the Fielding Bible Awards at the hot corner last season, anchors the O’s superb infield defense. Machado trailed last year’s co-leaders Nolan Arenado and Adrian Beltre by four runs a piece and is projected second-highest at the position this season, three behind Arenado.

For the rest of the Orioles infield, there isn’t a ton to get excited about but each plays average to above-average defense, which works for them as a unit. J.J. Hardy is pegged in a tie for the sixth-best defensive shortstop this season, hoping to build upon his 11th-place finish from a season ago.

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Originally published: March 8, 2016. Last Updated: March 8, 2016.