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Monday, August 11, 2014

SABR Defensive Index rankings released through August 3, 2014

Atlanta’s Jason Heyward tops the NL’s SABR Defensive Index™ rankings through games of August 3, 2014, while Alex Gordon leads a trio of Kansas City outfielders who all rank in the top 10 of the AL SDI rankings.

The SABR Defensive Index is used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR.

cardsfanboy Posted: August 11, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 11, 2014 at 04:40 PM (#4768824)
The core of the SDI is based off of Dial's work.
   2. dr. scott Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:02 PM (#4768840)
Not surprised to see Donaldson near the top of the AL list, but surprised to see both Soggard and Fuld in the top 20 as they have had limited playing time suggesting that playing time should increase.
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:09 PM (#4768845)
No gift baskets for SABR.

Player          Team  SDI
J
.JHardy       BAL  6.6
Eduardo Escobar  MIN  1.7
Jonathan Villar  HOU  1.3
Erick Aybar      LAA  0.9
Brad Miller      SEA  0.7
Jed Lowrie       OAK  0
Asdrubal Cabrera CLE  
-0.6
Alexei Ramirez   CHW  
-1.2
Elvis Andrus     TEX  
-2
Andrew Romine    DET  
-2.2
Xander Bogaerts  BOS  
-3.7
Alcides Escobar  KCR  
-4.2
Jose Reyes       TOR  
-6
Yunel Escobar    TBR  
-12
Derek Jeter      NYY  
-14.8 


If the Gold Gloves are going to snub Derek Jeter in this, his final season, perhaps it's best MLB calls a one-year moratorium on handing out these awards in the best interests of baseball.
   4. RMc is Fairly Irrefutable Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:14 PM (#4768851)
And your leader among AL first basemen...

Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 4.8 


Oh. Emm. Eff. Gee.
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:14 PM (#4768853)
It's nice to see that Yadier still leads the NL for catcher by this metric.

Also nice to see that Billy Hamilton is doing so well on this ranking. Matt Adams has been as good as the numbers indicate, although he does make the occasional mistake of pulling off the bag before catching the ball(has only bit him once so far this year, but if more people start telling the umps to look out for it, it could catch up quick)
   6. cardsfanboy Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:18 PM (#4768857)
To Braves fans...has Simmons been noticeably less brilliant this year than last? Obviously he's still very good, but by the numbers in almost every system, he isn't unworldly like last year.
   7. Curse of the Andino Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4768860)
Machado's been better lately, but his first month or so I guess held him back. Is Hardy really that good? Seems like he's been having a tough season with lots of errors and such.
   8. Colin Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:55 PM (#4768880)
Re: Andrelton Simmons. I do not know how to read most of these defensive numbers, so I apologize for not knowing the extent to which they are tied to factors external to the fielder (e.g. number of opportunities, players around them, etc). But, FWIW the Braves' GB/FB rate this year has dropped to .78, from .86 last year, and the team K rate is up from 7.6/9 IP last year to 8.3 this year. The line drive % is up from 23% to 25%. So, I'd assume Simmons is seeing fewer opportunities per game than last year. This metric also seems to rate Johnson as worse this year at 3B than last year, and Freeman also worse at 1B. I would assume that affects Simmons' numbers as well.

I don't think that covers all of it - to my eye, he's looked a little more erratic this year than last.

Again, I'm only passingly familiar with advanced defensive metrics, so I don't know to what extent these factors affect Simmons' numbers or how they are factored in.
   9. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:01 PM (#4768887)
Again, I'm only passingly familiar with advanced defensive metrics, so I don't know to what extent these factors affect Simmons' numbers or how they are factored in.


The key thing to understand is that they only account for current season defensive performance, which is extremely prone to random variation - but it has to be this way. It's a single-season award.
   10. RMc is Fairly Irrefutable Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:03 PM (#4768891)
Too bad Miggy's replacement at third, Castellanos, has been awful: no great shakes with the bat and near-Jeterian in the field. (Yeah, he's 22, but still...maybe the Tigers should get a real 3B and send Nick back to the outfield?)
   11. Walt Davis Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:03 PM (#4769004)
If the Gold Gloves are going to snub Derek Jeter in this, his final season, perhaps it's best MLB calls a one-year moratorium on handing out these awards in the best interests of baseball

More likely, to ensure that he is properly remembered, surely the SS GG award will for evermore be known as the Jeter Award.
   12. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:12 PM (#4769058)
khris davis has the arm of an 8 year old but otherwise he can play a pretty solid left field. it's been a pleasant surprise
   13. jdennis Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:21 AM (#4769154)
#4 Cabrera was always decent at first
#7 Hardy is rangy

Things I noticed: Beltre must finally be getting old. Visually, it does seem like he's lost range significantly this season. Also, Hunter. Yikes.
   14. Foghorn Leghorn Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:44 PM (#4769492)
I have Jeter at -20 already. Just terrible.
   15. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:53 PM (#4769504)
A.J. Ellis, what are you bringing to the table?
   16. PreservedFish Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4769518)
Henderson Alvarez, on a per inning basis, might be the best fielder in baseball.
   17. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:36 PM (#4769566)
Is Uribe really that great a glove at 3rd? In the admittedly very little that I've seen of him, he's got a strong arm and is money on the balls he reaches but he doesn't look like he's got better than average range, and SDI has him better than anyone in the NL by miles.

   18. PreservedFish Posted: August 12, 2014 at 03:21 PM (#4769611)
Uribe is some kind of statistical phenomenon. He had crazy good ratings last year too. He's always had crazy good ratings.
   19. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: August 12, 2014 at 06:19 PM (#4769770)
If the Gold Gloves are going to snub Derek Jeter in this, his final season, perhaps it's best MLB calls a one-year moratorium on handing out these awards in the best interests of baseball.

Because Gold Gloves should be based on things like sentiment toward a retiring player and not based on things like, you know, performance.
   20. Srul Itza Posted: August 12, 2014 at 07:38 PM (#4769809)
#4 Cabrera was always decent at first


He's back at 3rd in today's inter-league match-up with the Pirates in Pittsburgh -- presumably so they can get V-Mart's bat in the line-up at first.

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