Statcast 2022

We already know who won the Gold Glove Awards in Statcast 2022. But what if we solely utilized Statcast’s fielder tracking data to determine the top baseball defenders?

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Let’s put together the Statcast All-Defense Teams for 2022

According to Statcast 2022’s defensive measures, these are the greatest fielders in the American League and National League at each position. Outs Above Average is a plus/minus metric for each fielder based on the out probability of all of his opportunities for infielders and outfielders. We’ll utilize pitch framing runs for catchers, which is the number of runs a catcher saves his team by earning additional called strikes on questionable pitches.

Is Statcast on the same page as the Gold Glove winners? Is there anything surprising?

The 2022 Statcast All-Defense Teams for each league are shown below, position by position.

THE AMERICAN LEAGUE

Yankees catcher Jose Trevino (+17 framing runs)

This season, the Statcast 2022 AL Platinum Glove winner was by far the finest pitch framer in the Majors, saving the Yankees 17 runs from extra strikes. Jonah Heim of the Rangers came in second with +12 framing runs. Trevino was ruled for strikes on 54% of his borderline pitches, a Major League high.

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Langeliers is knocked out by Gerrit Cole

Owen Miller, Guardians +6 Outs Above Average at first base

In 2022, the AL first basemen weren’t the greatest defensively, but Miller was the top fielder who spent the most of his time at first, with +6 Outs Above Average. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Gold Glove Award winner, recorded a minus-4 OAA.

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Jonathan Schoop, Tigers +27 Outs Above Average, plays second base.

Statcast named Schoop the defensive player of the year. His +27 OAA was first in the Majors at any position and was more than double that of the next best AL second baseman, Andrés Giménez, who had +13 OAA.

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Alex Bregman, Astros +8 Outs Above Average at third base

The Statcast 2022 World Series champions’ third baseman was solid all year and finished with a personal-best +8 OAA. He was particularly excellent at plays to his left, accounting for half of his OAA.

Jorge Mateo, Orioles +11 outs over average at shortstop

Nicky Lopez may be found in the utility section. Mateo, on the other hand, was the AL’s best daily shortstop at the Statcast 2022. He started 142 games at shortstop for the Orioles, and he was particularly effective on plays coming in or going back (+8 combined OAA).

Steven Kwan, Guardians, +9 Outs Above Average

Kwan was not only a great contact hitter, but also a great left fielder. The Guardians rookie earned the AL Gold Glove Award, which he deserved since his +9 OAA was the highest among all left fielders.

Jose Siri, Rays +16 Outs Above Average in center field

Siri was an exceptional center fielder in Statcast 2022, whether he was playing for the Astros or the Rays. He showed excellent range moving into the gaps, with +14 total Outs Above Average on plays to his left or right.

Max Kepler, Twins, +11 outs over average in right field

Kepler was as effective in right field whether facing a lefty hook or a righty slice, posting a +6 OAA against. right-handed batters and a +5 OAA vs. left-handed hitters. Kepler has consistently been one of the greatest right fielders, averaging +51 OAA since Statcast 2022 introduced the category in 2016. Only Mookie Betts has been more effective in right field.

Nicky Lopez, Royals, has +14 outs over average.

Lopez was the best overall fielder in baseball in Statcast 2022 as a shortstop, but he split time between short and second for Kansas City in 2022 and was still a superb middle-infield hybrid. Lopez’s +14 OAA ranked him among the top ten fielders in MLB.