CAIN, GORDON EARN WILSON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS
Press Release Kansas City Royals:
Kansas City Royals outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon have received Defensive Player of the Year honors by Wilson Sporting Goods , which were announced tonight on as part of a one-hour special on MLB Network.
Cain was also honored last year with a Defensive Player of the Year award. He ranked third in the Major Leagues in zone rating (.949) and was also fourth among American League outfielders in range factor per 9.0 innings (2.80), seventh in putouts (338) and tied for 11 th in the league with a career high eight assists. Lorenzo committed just two errors in 348 chances for a .994 fielding percentage. He played a career-best 133 games this season, which included 93 starts in center field.
Gordon was honored by Wilson with a Defensive Player of the Year award for the first time in his career. Gordon tied for 11 th in the American League with eight outfield assists this season, while his 62 assists since the start of 2011 are the most in the Major Leagues in that span. He led all A.L. outfielders in games (156) and innings (1372.2) for the second-straight year and finished sixth in putouts (341) and committed just two errors in 351 chances for a .994 fielding percentage.
Founded in 2012, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners are determined using a formula that combines traditional defensive stats with advanced metrics, as well as the data logged by the baseball experts working for the scouting service Inside Edge . Dustin Pedroia and Gerardo Parra won the 2013 edition for their respective leagues, while Mike Trout and Michael Born won the inaugural awards in 2012. Below is a list of the 2014 winners:
2014 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award Winners
(P) Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds
(C) Russell Martin – Pittsburgh Pirates
(1B) Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
(2B) Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
(3B) Juan Uribe – Los Angeles Dodgers
(SS) Andrelton Simmons – Atlanta Braves
(LF) Alex Gordon – Kansas City Royals
(CF) Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
(RF) Jason Heyward – Atlanta Braves *
Defensive Team of the Year – Cincinnati Reds
*Jason Heyward named overall 2014 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year.