Who should the Gold Glove Winners be?

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American League

Pitchers

DRS (Defensive Runs Saved — measures how many runs above or below average a fielder was worth compared to an average fielder at that particular position; in my opinion this is the best publicly available stat to evaluate a pitcher’s level of fielding)

  1. Lucas Giolito: 3
  2. Mike Leake: 2
  3. Jose Berrios: 0

Winner – Lucas Giolito

Catchers

DRS

  1. Roberto Perez: 29
  2. Danny Jansen: 12
  3. Christian Vazquez: 5

FRM (framing runs above/below average)

  1. Christian Vazquez: 12.4
  2. Roberto Perez: 9.6
  3. Danny Jansen: 8.1

Z-Score sum of the two previous stats (note that I used the 20 MLB catchers who played 750+ innings at the position to do the calculations)

  1. Roberto Perez: 3.0
  2. Danny Jansen: 1.4
  3. Christian Vazquez: 1.3

Winner – Roberto Perez

First Basemen

DRS

  1. Matt Olson: 13
  2. Yuli Gurriel: 0
  3. Justin Smoak: -3

UZR (measures same thing as DRS [runs above/below average relative to the average defender at that position], just calculates it in a different way)

  1. Matt Olson: 4.6
  2. Yuli Gurriel: 0.8
  3. Justin Smoak: -2.0

Winner – Matt Olson

Second Baseman

DRS

  1. D.J. LeMahieu: 5
  2. Yolmer Sanchez: 5
  3. Jose Altuve: -2

UZR

  1. D.J. LeMahieu: 4.0
  2. Yolmer Sanchez: 3.6
  3. Jose Altuve: -6.4

Winner – D.J. LeMahieu (who had the best marks in both categories, barely edging out Yolmer Sanchez; it’s important to keep in mind that DRS and UZR are counting stats, so the fact that LeMahieu is first in both categories despite playing around half as many innings as the other two players.

Third Basemen

DRS

  1. Matt Chapman: 18
  2. Alex Bregman: 7
  3. David Fletcher: 5

UZR

  1. Matt Chapman: 14.8
  2. David Fletcher: 5.2
  3. Alex Bregman: 2.4

Winner – Matt Chapman

Shortstops

DRS

  1. Andrelton Simmons: 14
  2. Francisco Lindor: 9
  3. Marcus Semien: 5

UZR

  1. Andrelton Simmons: 10.4
  2. Marcus Semien: 6.7
  3. Francisco Lindor: 6.4

Winner – Andrelton Simmons

Left Fielders

DRS

  1. Robbie Grossman: 4.0
  2. Alex Gordon: 1
  3. Andrew Benintendi: -3

UZR

  1. Robbie Grossman: 3.7
  2. Alex Gordon: 3.2
  3. Andrew Benintendi: 1.4

Winner – Robbie Grossman

Center Fielders

DRS

  1. Kevin Kiermaier: 13
  2. Mike Trout: -1 Jackie Bradley Jr.: -1

UZR

  1. Kevin Kiermaier: 6.9
  2. Mike Trout: -0.9
  3. Jackie Bradley Jr.: -1.2

Winner – Kevin Kiermaier

Right Fielders

DRS

  1. Mookie Betts: 15
  2. Josh Reddick: 9
  3. Kole Calhoun: -1

UZR

  1. Mookie Betts: 12.9
  2. Kole Calhoun: 5.1
  3. Josh Reddick: -0.3

Winner – Mookie Betts

National League

Pitchers

DRS

  1. Aaron Nola: 5
  2. Zack Greinke: 4
  3. Jack Flaherty: 3

Winner – Aaron Nola

Catchers

DRS

  1. Austin Hedges: 22
  2. J.T. Realmuto: 11
  3. Yadier Molina: 2

FRM

  1. Austin Hedges: 20.7
  2. J.T. Realmuto: 8.0
  3. Yadier Molina: 1.8

Winner – Austin Hedges

First Basemen

DRS

  1. Christian Walker: 9
  2. Paul Goldschmidt: 4
  3. Anthony Rizzo: 3

UZR

  1. Anthony Rizzo: 3.7
  2. Paul Goldschmidt: 2.5
  3. Christian Walker: 2.0

Average of the two

  1. Christian Walker: 5.5
  2. Anthony Rizzo: 3.35
  3. Paul Goldschmidt: 3.25

Winner – Christian Walker

Second Basemen

DRS

  1. Kolten Wong: 14
  2. Ozzie Albies: 8
  3. Adam Frazier: 6

UZR

  1. Kolten Wong: 5.2
  2. Adam Frazier: 2.9
  3. Ozzie Albies: 2.2

Winner – Kolten Wong

Third Basemen

DRS

  1. Josh Donaldson: 15
  2. Nolan Arenado: 8
  3. Anthony Rendon: 2

UZR

  1. Nolan Arenado: 10.3
  2. Josh Donaldson: 2.4
  3. Anthony Rendon: 2.0

Average of the two

  1. Nolan Arenado: 12.65
  2. Josh Donaldson: 8.7
  3. Anthony Rendon: 2

Winner – Nolan Arenado

Shortstops

DRS

  1. Nick Ahmed: 18
  2. Trevor Story: 17
  3. Paul DeJong: 14

UZR

  1. Paul DeJong: 11.4
  2. Trevor Story: 8.6
  3. Nick Ahmed: 1.9

Average of the two

  1. Trevor Story: 12.8
  2. Paul DeJong: 12.7
  3. Nick Ahmed: 9.95

Winner – Trevor Story

Left Fielders

DRS

  1. David Peralta: 10
  2. Hunter Renfroe: 7
  3. Juan Soto: 1

UZR

  1. David Peralta: 6.2
  2. Hunter Renfroe: 1.3
  3. Juan Soto: -0.7

Winner – David Peralta

Center Fielders

DRS

  1. Victor Robles: 22
  2. Lorenzo Cain: 20
  3. Harrison Bader: 13

UZR

  1. Harrison Bader: 12.9
  2. Lorenzo Cain: 7.0
  3. Victor Robles: 5.3

Average of the two

  1. Victor Robles: 13.65
  2. Lorenzo Cain: 13.5
  3. Harrison Bader: 12.95

Winner – Victor Robles

Right Fielders

DRS

  1. Cody Bellinger: 19
  2. Bryce Harper: 9
  3. Jason Heyward: 7

UZR

  1. Bryce Harper: 10.0
  2. Cody Bellinger: 9.5
  3. Jason Heyward: 2.4

Average of the two

  1. Cody Bellinger: 14.5
  2. Bryce Harper: 9.5
  3. Jason Heyward: 4.7

Winner – Cody Bellinger

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