Simon: Who was August’s top defensive player?

From SABR member Mark Simon at ACTA Sports on September 3, 2019:

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez’s reign as the three-time winner of The Fielding Bible Award for Multi-Positional Players is going to come to an end in 2019.

Báez has found a home at one position this season and has continued to excel. He’s Sports Info Solutions’ Defensive Player of the Month for August.

Báez led all shortstops with seven Defensive Runs Saved for the month. His 15 Defensive Runs Saved there for the season rank third behind Nick Ahmed and Trevor Story, both of whom have 18.

Báez’s season total is notable because seven of the runs he’s saved have come from things other than the primary component of Defensive Runs Saved, Range and Positioning. Báez has four Runs Saved from Double Plays and three from Good Fielding Plays (GFPs, which are charted by our Video Scouts).

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