We already know who He won the 2022 Gold Glove Awards. But what if we just used Statcast fielder tracking data to identify the best fullbacks in baseball?
Let’s pick the 2022 Statcast All-Defense Teams.
These are the best fielders in the American League and National League at each position according to Statcast’s defensive metrics. For players and outfielders, this The outs are above average, which uses a plus/minus system for each player based on the resulting probability for each of their chances. For hunters, we’ll use The pitch framing extends The amount of runs a catcher saves for his team by getting extra hits called boundary pitches.
Does Statcast agree with the Gold Glove winners? Are there surprises?
Here are the 2022 Statcast All-Defense teams for each league, ranked by position.
The 2022 AL Platinum Glove Award winner has been the Majors’ leading shooter this season, saving the Yankees 17 times from getting extra hits. The closest catcher was the Rangers’ Jonah Heim in the +12 framing turn. Trevino Strikes on a Major League – Top 54% of frontier pitches.
First rule: Owen Millerguardians
+6 outs are above average
The first basemen weren’t the strongest defensively in 2022, but Miller was the best player who spent most of his time as a starter, with +6 points above average. Gold Glove recipient Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was minus 4 OAA.
Scoop was Statcast Defensive Player of the Year. His +27 OAA was #1 in the Majors at any position and more than double the AL’s second-best player, Andrés Giménez at +13 OAA.
The World Series champions’ third baseman has been a solid hot corner all year and earned a personal best of +8 OAA. He was especially good playing his left, with half of his OAA coming from those.
You will find Nikki Lopez at the bottom in the Facilities section. But as for the daily shortstop, Mateo was on top in the AL. Started 142 games short of the O, was particularly good on plays coming in or returning (+8 OAA combined).
left field: Stephen Kwanguardians
+9 outs are above average
Cowan wasn’t just an elite contact hitter, he was an excellent left fielder. The Guardians rookie won the AL Gold Glove and deservedly so, as his +9 OAA was the best of all left fielders.
Center field: Jose SeriRise
+16 outs are above average
Whether he’s playing for the Astros or the Rays, Serry is elite at center field in 2022. He’s had impressive range in the gaps, as he’s worth +14 total Outs above average on plays that go to his left or right.
Right in the field: Max Keplertwins
+11 outs are above average
Kepler was just as good whether facing a left hook or a right slice in right field, posting +6 OAA against right-handed hitters and +5 OAA against left-handed hitters. Kepler has always been one of the best right fielders, with a +51 OAA at the position since Statcast provided the stats in 2016. Only Mookie Betts has been better in right field.
Baseball Player of the year 2021 As a short story, Lopez split his time between the short and second for Kansas City in 2022 and was still excellent as a mid-hybrid. Lopez’s +14 OAA player made him a top 10 player in MLB.
d’Arnaud was the only NL catcher to have double-digit saves from framing the pitch, putting him ahead of Omar Narváez, Yadir Molina and Thomas Nido. It was the best framing season of his career, d’Arnaud improving from +1 to +11 framing from 2021 to ’22.
Walker emerged as a starting starter with a +14 OAA, making him not only the best defensive first baseman, but a top-10 player overall in MLB. Walker +33 OAA since 2019 By far the best in this postfollowed by Matt Olson (+12) and Paul Goldschmidt (+11).
Although Tommy Edman deserves a Statcast Award here, he enters as a utility player. So McNeil earned a Statcast Award for defensive tackle at second base in the NL for his career best +8 OAA there this season.
It was a big defensive year for Swanson, who was the second best player in baseball by Outs Above Average and the number one player by a wide margin over Francisco Lindor and Nico Horner (+13 OAA each). Swanson 2022 gives him a case like Best defender of the Big Four free agent.
Gresham narrowly edged out Siri for most Outs above average among regular quarterbacks. Manufacture 17 plays with a catch probability of 50% or lessmore than any other outfielder, including a five-star catcher (catch probability of 25% or less).
The versatile Varsho is a fielder good enough to play both catcher and middle field. But most of his hits came in right field in 2022, and he accumulated +17 OAA, which puts him among the top five catchers in MLB. He made six five-star catches, more than any other outfielder.
Edman was in a similar position to Lopez, playing both second base and shortstop for the Cardinals (and a small third base…and one outfield shortstop). 2021 Gold Glover At second base, Edman was the Majors’ Defensive Player of the Year in 2022, with a +19 OAA making him the No. 3 player overall in baseball.