Dewan: Who will be the best defender in 2014?

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on March 11, 2014:

For the last few years, Baseball Info Solutions has produced defensive projections for the ensuing season. The projections are determined using each player’s three-year Defensive Runs Saved totals and prorating them over the number of defensive innings we expect him to play in 2014. So let’s take a look at who the projections think will be the top defenders at each position and the top team overall this year.

Here are the projected leaders in Defensive Runs Saved by position.


Last year, four of these players surpassed what had previously been the single-season high for a player since we started measuring DRS over 10 years ago – Andrelton Simmons (41), Gerardo Parra (41), Carlos Gomez (38), and Manny Machado (35) – so it is no surprise to see them show up here.

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Originally published: March 11, 2014. Last Updated: March 11, 2014.