Twins star Byron Buxton wins the 2017 Wilson Award for the best defensive center fielder in all of baseball Those who performed to the highest degree in all of baseball for 2017 were honored with the presentation of the Wilson Major League Baseball Defensive Player of the Year Awards on Friday, a second nod to defense in the first week of awards season.
In a season roaming the outfield that was truly a treat for the baseball eye and the analytical mind, Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
He’s also up for Best Defensive Player in the Esurance MLB Awards, which also will include Best Play, Defense when they’re announced Friday, Nov.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were named the Defensive Team of the Year, an award that befits the way they romped to the National League West title and, ultimately, into the World Series — as a team, with contributions from all over the field.
That formula includes 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).