Dewan: Top defensive players for 2014

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on August 20, 2014:

Last year was an incredible year for defense. For the first time ever, a defender saved his team more than 40 runs according to Baseball Info Solutions’ Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) metric. Incredibly, two different players set the record! Andrelton Simmons saved the Braves 41 runs at shortstop, which were 29 runs better than the closest shortstop to him. Gerardo Parra also saved 41 runs for the Diamondbacks, playing all three outfield positions.

We are down to the final six weeks of 2014, and it does not look like anyone will quite reach the lofty DRS levels of Simmons and Parra last year. However, there are a couple of players who could approach 40 Runs Saved with a standout remainder of August and September.

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Originally published: August 20, 2014. Last Updated: August 20, 2014.