SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 — Los Angeles right fielder Mookie Betts and New York catcher Jose Trevino lead their respective leagues in the updated SABR Defensive Index™ rankings through Major League Baseball games of Sunday, August 28, 2022.
The SDI draws on and aggregates two types of existing defensive metrics: those derived from batted ball location-based data and those collected from play-by-play accounts. SDI utilizes MLBAM’s Statcast, Sports Info Solutions data, and STATS Perform data as well as traditional statistics with advanced analysis.
The SABR Defensive Index accounts for approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process that will be added to the votes from the managers and coaches.
Betts’s SDI of 11.9 is the highest in the NL among all qualified defenders, ahead of Pittsburgh third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes (11.6) and St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado (10.7). Arizona first baseman Christian Walker (10.4) and Colorado second baseman Brendan Rogers (8.9) round out the top five.
Trevino’s SDI of 11.1 leads all fielders in the AL, followed by a pair of Cleveland outfielders, left fielder Steven Kwan (11.0) and center fielder Myles Straw (9.3). Houston shortstop Jeremy Peña (8.2) and New York third baseman Josh Donaldson (7.8) round out the top five.
The updated SDI results were released today by the Society for American Baseball Research.
The final SDI results will be released following the conclusion of the 2022 season at SABR.org. The SDI is compiled by the SABR Defensive Committee, which includes former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro; Sean Forman of Baseball-Reference.com; Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions; Ben Jedlovec, MLB’s Senior Director, Baseball Data Platform Product; former SABR Director F.X. Flinn; author and defensive metrics expert Chris Dial; and author Michael Humphreys.
Here are the top 25 players in each League, through games of August 28, 2022:
|Michael A. Taylor||KCR||CF||6.7|
|Jackie Bradley Jr.||BOS/TOR||RF||3.6|
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Originally published: September 1, 2022. Last Updated: September 9, 2022.