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2010 Defensive All-Stars

With the All-Star Game being played tonight, it’s time to take a look at who the Defensive All-Stars are. While there isn’t a Home Run Derby for defense, these fielders’ contributions have had a tremendous impact on their team’s performance. Here are our current Defensive Runs Saved leaders:

2010 Runs Saved Leaders
Position Name Team Runs Saved
P Ricky Romero Blue Jays 7
C Miguel Olivo Rockies 8
1B Daric Barton Athletics 13
2B Robinson Cano Yankees 16
3B Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 16
SS Yunel Escobar Braves 21
LF Carl Crawford Rays 13
CF Marlon Byrd Cubs 12
RF Ichiro Suzuki Mariners 11


Three of last year’s Fielding Bible Award winners are the leaders at their respective positions at the half way point. Ryan Zimmerman is a good bet to eclipse his total of 22 Runs Saved last year. He is already at 16.

The corner outfielders remain the same as well, as Carl Crawford and Ichiro Suzuki continue to keep anything and everything from falling in left and right field. Crawford is first in Plus/Minus among left fielders and has the second highest Outfield Arm Runs Saved total.

Marlon Byrd is, perhaps surprisingly, the leader in centerfield. Before this season, Byrd’s highest season Runs Saved total was eight back in 2006 with Washington. He has already surpassed that and then some.

At first base, our leader is Daric Barton, who is five Runs Saved ahead of second place Russell Branyan. Four-time Fielding Bible Award winner Albert Pujols is far behind the pack at a mere two Runs Saved during the season’s first half.

Two years ago, Robinson Cano cost the Yankees an estimated 13 runs with his weak glove. Last year, he improved that to +7. This year, he has saved an estimated 16 runs and is the top second baseman in baseball so far. He may be the most improved defensive player in all of baseball, a testament to the hard work he has put in at the keystone.

Yunel Escobar is our All-Star defensive shortstop. His 21 Runs Saved is the most in baseball at any position. Escobar may be frustrating Braves fans with a disappointing offensive year, but his defensive performance has largely compensated for his struggles at the plate.

The battery for our All-Star team is Ricky Romero from the Blue Jays and Miguel Olivo from the Rockies. Olivo has thrown out 44 percent (18 of 41) potential basestealers, the best rate of his career.

Used with permission from John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™,

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