Rockies’ Nolan Arenado wins Platinum Glove as National League’s best defender

Rockies’ Nolan Arenado wins Platinum Glove as National League’s best defender

The Rockies finished the 2017 season ranked third in the majors in overall defense with a .987 fielding percentage. Friday, the glittering hardware continued to pile up.

Leading the way was third baseman Nolan Arenado, who captured the biggest defensive award of them all.  He won the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, emblematic of the best overall defensive player in the National League. It was the first time Arenado snared the award.

Minnesota outfielder Byron Buxton won the AL Platinum Glove Award.

The Platinum Glove winners are determined by online fan voting, plus a defensive index from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). All of this year’s Gold Glove Award winners were eligible for the Platinum Award.

Also on Friday, second baseman DJ LeMahieu and pitcher Tyler Chatwood joined Arenado in winning Wilson awards, which recognizes the best player at each position in the majors — not just the National League.

The Wilson awards, which began in 2012, are derived from a statistical formula. The formula consists of defensive wins above replacement (defensive WAR, 25 percent), defensive runs saved (25 percent), Inside Edge fielding ratings (20 percent), Inside Edge arm ratings (20 percent) and fielding percentage (10 percent).

Arenado won his third consecutive Wilson award, just three days after winning a record fifth consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove. Arenado is the only infielder in MLB history to win five consecutive Gold Gloves to begin his career. Arenado, who missed out on being a finalist for NL MVP, led all third basemen in defensive wins above replacement (2.3) and also led all third basemen with 20 defensive runs saved.

Chatwood, the veteran right-hander who is now a free agent, became the first Rockies pitcher to ever win an award for defense. He finished the season tied with the Houston’s Dallas Keuchel for most defensive runs saved by a pitcher, with nine.

The steady LeMahieu’s won his second award, following up from 2013. On Tuesday,  LeMahieu won his second Gold Glove. He led all NL second basemen in defensive WAR (1.2) and led all MLB second basemen in defensive runs saved, with eight.

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