SABR Defensive Index: Final 2020 rankings

Here are the final SABR Defensive Index™ rankings for the 2020 season among positional qualifiers for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

Due to the compressed 2020 MLB season, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award qualifications have been amended to rely solely on the SABR Defensive Index, rather than a combination of the SDI and the managers and coaches’ vote. For 2020 consideration, pitchers must have pitched at least 50 innings, catchers must have played in at least 29 games and infielders/outfielders must have completed at least 265 defensive innings. Each player qualifies at the position he has played at most (SDI is only for play at qualified position).

In 2020, Rawlings also expanded the platform to award the best team defense over the course of the regular season. The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians were the 2020 Gold Glove Team Award winners based on their SABR Defensive Index rankings.

To learn more about the SABR Defensive Index, visit SABR.org/SDI.

Scroll down to see AL and NL individual and team leaders, or click a link below to see SDI leaders as ranked by position:

 

2020 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners are listed in bold.

AL Overall Leaders (Top 25 Fielders)

Player Team Position SDI
Joey Gallo TEX RF 7.1
César Hernández CLE 2B 5.6
Luis Robert CHW CF 5.6
Byron Buxton MIN CF 5.5
J.P. Crawford SEA SS 5.2
Roberto Pérez CLE C 5.1
Ramón Laureano OAK CF 5.0
Kevin Kiermaier TBR CF 4.9
Isiah Kiner-Falefa TEX 3B 4.7
Evan White SEA 1B 4.3
Gio Urshela NYY 3B 4.0
Alex Gordon KCR LF 3.8
Carlos Correa HOU SS 3.3
Niko Goodrum DET SS 3.2
Clint Frazier NYY RF 3.1
Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B 3.1
Francisco Lindor CLE SS 3.1
Yasmani Grandal CHW C 2.9
Yoán Moncada CHW 3B 2.9
Anthony Santander BAL RF 2.8
Whit Merrifield KCR RF 2.7
Danny Mendick CHW 2B 2.6
James McCann CHW C 2.5
Matt Olson OAK 1B 2.5
Nicky Lopez KCR 2B 2.2
Jonathan Schoop DET 2B 2.2

 

NL Overall Leaders (Top 25 Fielders)

Player Team Position SDI
Nolan Arenado COL 3B 8.5
Mookie Betts LAD RF 7.5
Tyler O’Neill STL LF 7.0
Kolten Wong STL 2B 6.2
Javier Báez CHC SS 6.0
Trent Grisham SDP CF 5.9
Tucker Barnhart CIN C 4.7
Manny Machado SDP 3B 4.4
Dansby Swanson ATL SS 4.2
Cody Bellinger LAD CF 4.1
Miguel Rojas MIA SS 3.6
Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 3.5
Adam Frazier PIT 2B 3.4
Brian Anderson MIA 3B 3.1
Jacob Stallings PIT C 2.9
Evan Longoria SFG 3B 2.9
Jason Heyward CHC RF 2.7
Brandon Crawford SFG SS 2.4
Nico Hoerner CHC 2B 2.4
David Peralta ARI LF 2.3
Willson Contreras CHC C 2.2
Max Fried ATL P 2.2
Luis Urías MIL 3B 1.9
Enrique Hernández LAD 2B 1.9
Shogo Akiyama CIN LF 1.8

 

AL Team Leaders

Team Catchers Infielders Outfielders Pitchers Total SDI
Indians 5.1 7.1 2.6 2.4 17.2
White Sox 5.3 6.1 3.3 -0.2 14.5
Twins 0.7 1.2 9.6 2.3 13.8
Rays -1.1 0.2 9.0 1.5 9.6
Astros -0.9 6.2 0.7 0.0 6.0
Athletics 2.5 -2.1 7.9 -3.9 4.4
Rangers -0.2 -4.2 7.8 -0.1 3.3
Mariners -5.4 3.9 2.1 0.2 0.8
Tigers -2.9 2.4 0.1 -0.6 -1.0
Royals 1.5 0.5 0.1 -3.3 -1.2
Yankees 0.7 -3.6 -0.6 -0.5 -4.0
Orioles -2.4 -4.7 4.3 -1.9 -4.7
Red Sox -0.6 -14.2 2.8 -0.1 -12.1
Angels 0.8 -3.9 -12.5 1.3 -14.3
Blue Jays -1.9 -3.1 -7.9 -2.5 -15.4

 

NL Team Leaders

Team Catchers Infielders Outfielders Pitchers Total SDI
Cubs 3.6 11.6 3.3 3.4 21.9
Cardinals 1.2 10.3 9.9 0.2 21.6
Dodgers 1.4 0.2 11.5 0.0 13.1
Padres -0.9 7.4 4.1 -2.6 8.0
Rockies -1.4 12.5 -0.5 -2.6 8.0
Pirates 3.1 -0.3 1.0 1.3 5.1
Reds 4.0 -4.6 -1.3 2.3 0.4
Diamondbacks -2.4 1.0 4.4 -2.6 0.4
Giants 0.1 2.4 -3.6 0.3 -0.8
Marlins -1.1 5.4 -10.2 1.8 -4.1
Braves -4.0 -1.5 -2.5 -0.4 -8.4
Brewers 3.9 -5.1 -8.8 0.7 -9.3
Mets -1.8 -10.7 -5.0 2.6 -14.9
Phillies -0.4 -7.9 -14.3 1.0 -21.6
Nationals -5.1 -12.4 -9.4 -2.5 -29.4

 


 

AL leaders, by position

(2020 Rawlings Gold Glove Award qualifiers)

Pitchers

Player Team SDI
Griffin Canning LAA 1.4
Kenta Maeda MIN 1.0
Zach Plesac CLE 1.0
Lance McCullers Jr. HOU 0.7
Blake Snell TBR 0.6
Jordan Lyles TEX 0.6
Zack Greinke HOU 0.5
Justus Sheffield SEA 0.4
Dylan Bundy LAA 0.4
Jose Berrios MIN 0.4
Ryan Yarbrough TBR 0.3
Marco Gonzales SEA 0.2
Gerrit Cole NYY 0.2
Hyun Jin Ryu TOR 0.2
Mike Minor OAK 0.1
Andrew Heaney LAA 0.1
Jesus Luzardo OAK 0.1
Lucas Giolito CHW 0.1
Kyle Gibson TEX 0.1
Brad Keller KCR 0.0
Alex Cobb BAL 0.0
Shane Bieber CLE 0.0
Brady Singer KCR 0.0
Cristian Javier HOU 0.0
Carlos Carrasco CLE 0.0
Dallas Keuchel CHW 0.0
Kris Bubic KCR -0.1
Dylan Cease CHW -0.1
Matthew Boyd DET -0.1
Taijuan Walker SEA -0.2
Danny Duffy KCR -0.2
Aaron Civale CLE -0.2
Martin Perez BOS -0.4
Mike Fiers OAK -0.4
Tyler Glasnow TBR -0.6
Frankie Montas OAK -0.6
Chris Bassitt OAK -0.8
Lance Lynn TEX -0.9
Sean Manaea OAK -1.2
Spencer Turnbull DET -1.3
Framber Valdez HOU -1.7

 

Catchers

Player Team SDI
Roberto Pérez CLE 5.1
Yasmani Grandal CHW 2.9
James McCann CHW 2.5
Salvador Pérez KCR 2.1
Sean Murphy OAK 1.5
Martín Maldonado HOU 0.8
Pedro Severino BAL 0.6
Christian Vázquez BOS 0.4
Michael Pérez TBR -0.2
Max Stassi LAA -0.7
Danny Jansen TOR -1.8
Austin Romine DET -1.8
Gary Sánchez NYY -1.9

 

First base

Player Team SDI
Evan White SEA 4.3
Yuli Gurriel HOU 3.1
Matt Olson OAK 2.5
José Abreu CHW 2.0
Jeimer Candelario DET 1.2
Carlos Santana CLE 0.7
Todd Frazier TEX 0.4
Hunter Dozier KCR 0.1
Ji-Man Choi TBR -0.1
Mitch Moreland BOS -0.3
Michael Chavis BOS -0.5
Miguel Sanó MIN -1.5
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR -1.7
Luke Voit NYY -2.5

 

Second base

Player Team SDI
César Hernández CLE 5.6
Danny Mendick CHW 2.6
Jonathan Schoop DET 2.2
Nicky Lopez KCR 2.2
Cavan Biggio TOR 1.9
DJ LeMahieu NYY 1.5
José Altuve HOU -0.6
Joe Panik TOR -0.6
Shed Long SEA -1.0
Hanser Alberto BAL -1.4
Rougned Odor TEX -1.8
Brandon Lowe TBR -2.1
Tony Kemp OAK -2.9
Tommy La Stella LAA -4.2

 

Third base

Player Team SDI
Isiah Kiner-Falefa TEX 4.7
Gio Urshela NYY 4.0
Yoán Moncada CHW 2.9
Joey Wendle TBR 1.3
Rio Ruiz BAL 1.1
Maikel Franco KCR 0.8
Alex Bregman HOU 0.7
Matt Chapman OAK 0.6
Marwin González MIN 0.2
Travis Shaw TOR -1.1
Anthony Rendon LAA -1.2
Kyle Seager SEA -2.8
José Ramírez CLE -3.0
Rafael Devers BOS -7.4

 

Shortstop

Player Team SDI
J.P. Crawford SEA 5.2
Carlos Correa HOU 3.3
Niko Goodrum DET 3.2
Francisco Lindor CLE 3.1
Marcus Semien OAK 1.2
Adalberto Mondesi KCR 1.1
Andrelton Simmons LAA 0.3
Jorge Polanco MIN -0.4
Tyler Wade NYY -0.5
David Fletcher LAA -0.5
Willy Adames TBR -1.0
Pat Valaika BAL -2.2
Tim Anderson CHW -2.2
Xander Bogaerts BOS -2.9
Willi Castro DET -3.5
Gleyber Torres NYY -4.5

 

Left field

Player Team SDI
Alex Gordon KCR 3.8
Kyle Tucker HOU 2.1
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR 1.2
Eddie Rosario MIN 1.1
Robbie Grossman OAK 0.6
Ryan Mountcastle BAL -0.9
Brett Gardner NYY -1.1
Nick Solak TEX -1.4
Justin Upton LAA -1.4
Eloy Jiménez CHW -2.1

 

Center field

Player Team SDI
Luis Robert CHW 5.6
Byron Buxton MIN 5.5
Ramón Laureano OAK 5.0
Kevin Kiermaier TBR 4.9
Leody Taveras TEX 1.8
Manuel Margot TBR 1.6
George Springer HOU 1.6
Cedric Mullins BAL 1.5
Austin Hays BAL 0.7
Delino DeShields CLE 0.7
Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS 0.1
Jake Cave MIN 0.0
Victor Reyes DET -0.2
Kyle Lewis SEA -1.7
Aaron Hicks NYY -2.8
Randal Grichuk TOR -4.0
Mike Trout LAA -4.9

 

Right field

Player Team SDI
Joey Gallo TEX 7.1
Clint Frazier NYY 3.1
Anthony Santander BAL 2.8
Whit Merrifield KCR 2.7
Mark Canha OAK 2.0
Dylan Moore SEA 1.9
Max Kepler MIN 1.4
Nomar Mazara CHW 1.1
Stephen Piscotty OAK 0.9
Kevin Pillar BOS 0.7
Hunter Renfroe TBR -0.8
Tyler Naquin CLE -0.8
Alex Verdugo BOS -1.4
Teoscar Hernández TOR -1.7
Jo Adell LAA -2.7
Josh Reddick HOU -3.4

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NL leaders, by position

(2020 Rawlings Gold Glove Award qualifiers)

Pitchers

Player Team SDI
Max Fried ATL 2.2
Alec Mills CHC 1.7
Kyle Hendricks CHC 1.6
Erick Fedde WSN 1.3
Brandon Woodruff MIL 1.1
Luis Castillo CIN 1.1
Sonny Gray CIN 1.0
Johnny Cueto SFG 1.0
Tyler Anderson SFG 0.8
Luke Weaver ARI 0.8
Zack Wheeler PHI 0.7
Zach Eflin PHI 0.6
Adam Wainwright STL 0.5
Yu Darvish CHC 0.5
Pablo López MIA 0.4
Kyle Freeland COL 0.4
Trevor Bauer CIN 0.3
Dustin May LAD 0.0
Clayton Kershaw LAD -0.1
Chris Paddack SDP -0.1
Garrett Richards SDP -0.1
Dinelson Lamet SDP -0.1
Rick Porcello NYM -0.1
Corbin Burnes MIL -0.1
Zach Davies SDP -0.2
Aníbal Sánchez WSN -0.2
Adrian Houser MIL -0.3
Julio Urías LAD -0.4
Trevor Williams PIT -0.4
Jacob deGrom NYM -0.4
Jon Lester CHC -0.5
Kevin Gausman SFG -0.6
Patrick Corbin WSN -0.7
Antonio Senzatela COL -0.8
Aaron Nola PHI -0.8
Max Scherzer WSN -0.8
Zac Gallen ARI -1.0
German Márquez COL -1.5
Logan Webb SFG -1.5

 

Catchers

Player Team SDI
Tucker Barnhart CIN 4.7
Jacob Stallings PIT 2.9
Willson Contreras CHC 2.2
Yadier Molina STL 1.5
J.T. Realmuto PHI 1.1
Omar Narváez MIL 1.1
Will Smith LAD -0.8
Curt Casali CIN -0.9
Joey Bart SFG -0.9
Wilson Ramos NYM -1.2
Andrew Knapp PHI -1.5
Carson Kelly ARI -1.7
Tony Wolters COL -1.8
Yan Gomes WSN -2.1
Jorge Alfaro MIA -2.7
Kurt Suzuki WSN -3.0
Travis d’Arnaud ATL -3.9

 

First base

Player Team SDI
Anthony Rizzo CHC 3.5
Paul Goldschmidt STL 1.6
Brandon Belt SFG 0.7
Freddie Freeman ATL 0.1
Jedd Gyorko MIL 0.0
Asdrúbal Cabrera WSN -0.1
Christian Walker ARI -0.4
Josh Bell PIT -0.8
Joey Votto CIN -1.6
Max Muncy LAD -1.7
Dominic Smith NYM -1.9
Rhys Hoskins PHI -3.5
Pete Alonso NYM -3.7

 

Second base

Player Team SDI
Kolten Wong STL 6.2
Adam Frazier PIT 3.4
Nico Hoerner CHC 2.4
Enrique Hernández LAD 1.9
Jean Segura PHI 1.6
Ketel Marte ARI 1.3
Jake Cronenworth SDP 0.7
Garrett Hampson COL -0.1
Jon Berti MIA -0.2
Ryan McMahon COL -1.0
Donovan Solano SFG -1.1
Mike Moustakas CIN -1.6
Scott Kingery PHI -4.2
Keston Hiura MIL -4.7
Luis Garcia WSN -6.7

 

Third base

Player Team SDI
Nolan Arenado COL 8.5
Manny Machado SDP 4.4
Brian Anderson MIA 3.1
Evan Longoria SFG 2.9
Luis Urías MIL 1.9
Eduardo Escobar ARI 1.1
Tommy Edman STL 0.7
Eric Sogard MIL 0.7
Alec Bohm PHI -1.5
David Bote CHC -1.5
Eugenio Suárez CIN -2.2
J.D. Davis NYM -4.6
Austin Riley ATL -6.2

 

Shortstop

Player Team SDI
Javier Báez CHC 6.0
Dansby Swanson ATL 4.2
Miguel Rojas MIA 3.6
Brandon Crawford SFG 2.4
Trevor Story COL 1.6
Chris Taylor LAD 1.0
Nick Ahmed ARI 1.0
Corey Seager LAD 0.0
Didi Gregorius PHI 0.0
Paul DeJong STL -0.5
Erik González PIT -0.5
Freddy Galvis CIN -0.5
Fernando Tatís Jr. SDP -0.6
Andrés Giménez NYM -0.9
Jonathan Villar MIA -0.9
Orlando Arcia MIL -1.5
Amed Rosario NYM -1.8
Kevin Newman PIT -2.2
Trea Turner WSN -6.0

 

Left field

Player Team SDI
Tyler O’Neill STL 7.0
David Peralta ARI 2.3
Shogo Akiyama CIN 1.8
Bryan Reynolds PIT 1.6
Jeff McNeil NYM 1.4
Jurickson Profar SDP 1.2
Raimel Tapia COL 1.2
Adam Duvall ATL 1.0
Kyle Schwarber CHC -0.8
AJ Pollock LAD -2.6
Corey Dickerson MIA -3.5
Juan Soto WSN -3.6
Alex Dickerson SFG -3.8
Christian Yelich MIL -4.5
Andrew McCutchen PHI -6.5

 

Center field

Player Team SDI
Trent Grisham SDP 5.9
Cody Bellinger LAD 4.1
Ronald Acuña Jr. ATL 1.4
Harrison Bader STL 1.1
Mauricio Dubon SFG -0.7
Ender Inciarte ATL -1.1
Ian Happ CHC -1.5
Brian Goodwin CIN -1.8
Starling Marte ARI -2.5
Avisaíl García MIL -2.6
Víctor Robles WSN -2.6
Brandon Nimmo NYM -4.3

 

Right field

Player Team SDI
Mookie Betts LAD 7.5
Jason Heyward CHC 2.7
Charlie Blackmon COL 1.6
Kole Calhoun ARI 1.6
Mike Yastrzemski SFG 1.1
Gregory Polanco PIT 0.9
Michael Conforto NYM 0.0
Ben Gamel MIL -0.8
Wil Myers SDP -1.3
Bryce Harper PHI -1.5
Adam Eaton WSN -1.9
Nicholas Castellanos CIN -2.4
Nick Markakis ATL -3.1

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