Simon: Who is June’s defensive player of the month?

From SABR member Mark Simon at ACTA Sports on July 1, 2019:

The PETCO Park scoreboard likes to show fun facts along with the headshots of Padres players. These can be performance-related or information on off-the-field interests.

When it comes to Padres catcher Austin Hedges, the scoreboard operators know what to put beneath his headshot, arms folded with an outward glare.


They might add one other piece of information:

Hedges is the Sports Info Solutions Defensive Player of the Month for June. He edged out Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas and Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed in the voting.

Hedges joined Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain (March/April) and Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger (May) as winners this season. Bellinger leads the majors with 21 DRS. Hedges is now at 20 having added three Runs Saved since that picture was taken last Friday.

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Originally published: July 3, 2019. Last Updated: July 3, 2019.