SABR Defensive Index

SABR Defensive Index rankings released through August 28, 2022

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.

For the 10th consecutive season, the SABR Defensive Index will be used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR.

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 The SDI is compiled by the SABR Defensive Committee, which includes former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro; Sean Forman of; 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:


NL leaders

Player Team Position SDI
Mookie Betts LAD RF 11.9
Ke’Bryan Hayes PIT 3B 11.6
Nolan Arenado STL 3B 10.7
Christian Walker ARI 1B 10.4
Brendan Rodgers COL 2B 8.9
Nico Hoerner CHC SS 7.6
Tommy Edman STL 2B 7.6
Ha-Seong Kim SDP SS 7.4
Dansby Swanson ATL SS 6.5
J.T. Realmuto PHI C 6.5
Miguel Rojas MIA SS 6.1
Víctor Robles WSN CF 6.0
Connor Joe COL LF 5.0
Daulton Varsho ARI RF 4.8
Willy Adames MIL SS 4.6
Ryan McMahon COL 3B 4.1
Tyler Anderson LAD P 4.0
Trent Grisham SDP CF 3.6
Brendan Donovan STL 3B 3.6
Tomás Nido NYM C 3.5
Alek Thomas ARI CF 3.5
Ian Happ CHC LF 3.1
Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B 3.1
Dylan Carlson STL CF 3.1
Michael Harris ATL CF 3.1


AL leaders

Player Team Position SDI
Jose Trevino NYY C 11.1
Steven Kwan CLE LF 11.0
Myles Straw CLE CF 9.3
Jeremy Peña HOU SS 8.2
Josh Donaldson NYY 3B 7.8
Andrew Velazquez LAA SS 7.3
Ramón Urías BAL 3B 7.1
Adley Rutschman BAL C 7.0
Jonathan Schoop DET 2B 6.9
Cal Raleigh SEA C 6.7
Michael A. Taylor KCR CF 6.7
Kyle Tucker HOU RF 6.3
Andrés Giménez CLE 2B 6.2
Marcus Semien TEX 2B 5.9
Max Kepler MIN RF 5.7
Trevor Story BOS 2B 5.5
Brandon Marsh LAA LF 5.3
DJ LeMahieu NYY 3B 5.1
Alejandro Kirk TOR C 4.6
Julio Rodríguez SEA CF 4.5
Santiago Espinal TOR 2B 4.0
Xander Bogaerts BOS SS 4.0
Sean Murphy OAK C 3.7
Taylor Walls TBR SS 3.6
Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS/TOR RF 3.6



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Originally published: September 1, 2022. Last Updated: September 9, 2022.