FSN North: Buxton rises to the top in early defensive ratings for 2019 Twins

From Fox Sports North on June 25, 2019:

The Minnesota Twins might be the “#BombaSquad,” but they’re playing some quality defense too.

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) released the latest update to its SABR Defensive Index (SDI) last week, and as expected, Twins outfielder Byron Buxton ranks near the top of the leaderboard.

If phrases like “batted ball location-based metrics” and “runs effectively defended” aren’t quite within your purview, SABR breaks the whole thing down here.

If that’s still a bit much, just know that SABR aggregates a bunch of different ways by which defensive success is measured, and spits out a number, positive or negative, with zero being the league average.

Read the full article here: https://www.foxsports.com/north/story/minnesota-twins-byron-buxton-max-kepler-marwin-gonzalez-sabr-defensive-ratings-062519

Originally published: June 25, 2019. Last Updated: June 25, 2019.