Two and a half months into the season, it is a good time to look and see who have been our best defensive players of the year. Let’s take a look at our overall leaders, in terms of Defensive Runs Saved.

2010 Runs Saved Leaders
Player Team Pos. Innings Runs Saved
Ben Zobrist Rays 2B/RF 547 15
Yunel Escobar Braves SS 448 15
Austin Jackson Tigers CF 498 13
Alexei Ramirez White Sox SS 530 12
Michael Bourn Astros CF 527 11
Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 3B 445 11
Chase Utley Phillies 2B 515 11
Robinson Cano Yankees 2B 550 10

Ben Zobrist is no surprise here, as he finished near the top of the league last year with 31 runs saved. What’s impressive about Zobrist is that he has accumulated his runs saved at numerous positions, having spent time at first base, second base, and all three outfield spots.

Yunel Escobar has always been one of the best defenders at shortstop, with runs saved totals the last two years of 12 and 13. Always strong on plays to his left, Escobar is now making some of those plays to his right. He has already eclipsed his previous career high in Defensive Runs Saved.

Overshadowed a bit by his hot start with the bat, Austin Jackson has been the best defensive outfielder in baseball. Jackson excels especially on deep balls, as he rates a +14 in Enhanced Plus/Minus so far this year. This young star has a bright future ahead of him.

Used with permission from John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™, www.statoftheweek.com.

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