July 24, 2021

Is Kolten Wong Truly the Best Defensive Second Baseman in the MLB? (Viva El Birdos)

Kolten Wong won the first Gold Glove of his career after the 2019 season, and he arguably should have won it in the previous year as well. In the past few years he has staked his claim as one of the best defensive second basemen in all of baseball. However, he may just be the best defensive second baseman in all of baseball and the advanced metrics support this.

Last year, Wong posted 19 defensive runs saved which was six more than the next closest second baseman (Kike Hernandez). Yolmer Sanchez, the AL gold glover at second baseman had just 4 DRS. In the previous year, Wong co-led all second basemen with 16 DRS. Ozzie Albies also had 16 DRS, but he also played nearly 500 more innings at second than Wong in 2018. The NL Gold Glove winner that year was DJ LeMahieu who tallied 14 DRS, which is impressive, but still worse than Wong. DRS is clear – Kolten Wong is the best. The 29-year-old has posted more DRS (51) than any other second baseman since 2014 despite having over 1000 less innings than the next closest player (Ian Kinsler – 50). There is a case to be made for Ozzie Albies but he is not yet at Wong’s level, at least not yet.

Wong also led all major league second…

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