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Inside the Numbers – Seager’s Defensive Index Rating

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Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was announced as the Rawlings® Gold Glove winner amongst American League third baseman on Tuesday. While we don’t have final vote counts, we did find out some interesting statistical information today when the SABR Defensive Index final ratings were released for the 2014 season.

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Kyle had the 3rd-best SDI in the American League at 17.9, trailing only Oakland’s Josh Donaldson (21.2) and Kansas City’s Alex Gordon (19.9). It is interesting that Seager trailed Donaldson, also a third baseman, which means Kyle likely overwhelmingly won the vote amongst American League coaches and managers. Seager also all Major League third basemen with a .981 fielding percentage.

For the second consecutive season, the SDI was used to help select the winners of the Rawlings® Gold Glove Award. The SABR Defensive Index accounts for 30 total “votes” — or approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process — which are added to the votes from the managers and coaches in each respective league.

Here is a description of the SDI:

The SABR Defensive Index 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. The three metrics representing batted ball data include Defensive Runs Saved from Baseball Info Solutions, Ultimate Zone Rating developed by noted sabermetrician Mitchel Lichtman, and Runs Effectively Defended based on STATS Zone Rating and built by SABR Defensive Committee member Chris Dial. The two metrics included in the SDI originating from play-by-play data are Defensive Regression Analysis, created by committee member Michael Humphreys, and Total Zone Rating.

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Gold Glove Candidate – Kyle Seager

Kyle Seager has been the 2nd-best defensive player in the American League in 2014.

Kyle Seager has been the 2nd-best defensive player in the American League in 2014.

We’ve all seen Kyle Seager turn into one of the offensive leaders of this Mariners club, but Manager Lloyd McClendon wants to make sure people do not ignore his glove work at the hot corner.

“He’s been great offensively,” McClendon said, “but I’ve been saying all year he should seriously be considered for a Gold Glove as well. What he does on the other side of the ball is just as important.”

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) has taken notice as well and has been able to quantify his stellar work on the defensive end. 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.

According to the Index, Seager’s defense ranks not just second amongst American League third basemen, he ranks as the second-best defensive player in the American League.

To read more about the SABR Defensive Index, visit SABR Defensive Index rankings released through September 7, 2014.

Here’s a look at the top defensive players in the American League:

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Brendan Ryan Finishes 2nd for Defensive Player of the Year

Mariners SS Brendan Ryan ranks 3rd among MLB shortstops with a .985 fielding percentage. (Getty Images)

In voting conducted by a ESPN.com writers, statisticians and former players, Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan finished second for the 2012 MLB Defensive Player of the Year.

Angels rookie center fielder Mike Trout edged out Ryan, who received six of our 10 first-place votes. Ryan received the other four firsts and finished second in the voting.

Heading into the last game of the season Ryan leads all Major League shortstops with 27 runs saved and a 15.5 UZR.

Last week Ryan was also chosen as the front-runner for the Fielding Bible Award.

Brendan Ryan Tabbed Frontrunner for Fielding Bible Award

Brendan Ryan leads all Major League shortstops with 29 runs saved according to Baseball Info Solutions. (AP Photo)

The following is an excerpt from John Dewan’s Stat of the Week, which examines the leading contenders for the 2012 Fielding Bible Awards.

Shortstops: It is hard to believe that Brendan Ryan has never won either a Fielding Bible Award or a Gold Glove. Ryan has at least 18 Defensive Runs Saved in each of the last three seasons, and he has already flown by those previous totals with 29 this season. That’s 12 more than J.J. Hardy, the closest shortstop behind him. In addition to covering ground, Ryan has converted an impressive 77 percent of his opportunities for double plays, which is a career high. Ryan leads all players in Runs Saved and could break through for his first Fielding Bible Award. It is less clear how he will fare against some of the bigger names at short for the American League Gold Glove, like J.J. Hardy and recent winner Erick Aybar. Over in the National League, Andrelton Simmons will win his share of defensive awards during his career. He did not get enough playing time to be on the Fielding Bible Award ballot this year, but he may have done enough to snag his first NL Gold Glove.

 Shortstops Favorite Other Contenders
Fielding Bible Award Brendan Ryan (29) Alexei Ramirez (14)
Yunel Escobar (16)
AL Gold Glove Brendan Ryan (29) Erick Aybar (3)
J. J. Hardy (17)
NL Gold Glove Andrelton Simmons (17) Clint Barmes (14)
Jimmy Rollins (-7)

 

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