The 2019 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards were handed out Wednesday night with Atlanta’ Freddie Freeman taking home his second straight award for first base. The Wilson awards are handed out to one player for each position regardless of league. They utilize a formula that includes Defensive WAR, Defensive Runs Saved along with Inside Edge ratings to determine each winner.
Here is the formula that determines the winners! pic.twitter.com/knIiQslXwZ— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 6, 2019
Freeman was not a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in the National League but rated well in the Inside Edge metrics.
Freddie Freeman wins the @wilsonballglove Defensive Player of the Year at First Base.— Inside Edge (@InsideEdgeScout) November 6, 2019
Freddie Freeman made 10 non-routine plays out of 22 chances (45.5%) in the 2019 season -- 9th best in MLB; League Avg: 26.6%.#ChopOn
Indians catcher Roberto Perez took home the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year becoming the first catcher to ever win the award. The Houston Astros were named Defensive Team of the year. Here is a complete look at the list of winners.
First Base - Freddie Freeman, Braves
Second Base - Kolton Wong, Cardinals
Shortstop - Andrelton Simmons, Angels
Third Base - Matt Chapman, A’s
Center Field - Lorenzo Cain, Brewers
Left Field - David Peralta, Diamondbacks
Right Field - Aaron Judge, Yankees
Catcher - Roberto Perez, Indians
Pitcher - Zack Greinke, Astros
Defensive Team of the Year - Houston Astros
Defensive Player of the Year - Roberto Perez