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Baseball’s Best Fielders

Brendan Ryan

Brendan Ryan is baseball's best defensive player.

It doesn’t matter any when it comes to fantasy baseball, but we all know that defense is an integral part of the actual game of baseball.  And, when it comes to defensive ability, you tend to get varying opinions.  That’s because defense is not as easily quantifiable as offensive statistics are.

So, when we see somebody like Bill James quantify defensive stats, we have to share them with you.  Here are the Runs Saved leaders over the past three seasons at each defensive position.

Top Defensive Players

FIRST BASE
Daric Barton – 26
Adrian Gonzalez – 18
Albert Pujols – 15

SECOND BASE
Ian Kinsler – 46
Ben Zobrist – 43
Aaron Hill – 35
THIRD BASE
Adrian Beltre – 48
Evan Longoria – 42
Ryan Zimmerman – 42
SHORTSTOP
Brendan Ryan – 65
Yunel Escobar – 37
Troy Tulowitzki – 36
LEFT FIELD
Brett Gardner – 35
Carl Crawford – 34
Gerardo Parra – 28
CENTER FIELD
Franklin Gutierrez – 54
Austin Jackson – 43
Peter Bourjos – 36
RIGHT FIELD
Mike Stanton – 28
Ichiro Suzuki – 25
Jason Heyward – 25
PITCHER
Mark Buehrle – 28
Jake Westbrook – 15
Ricky Romero, Zack Greinke, Bread Bergesen – 14
CATCHERS
Matt Wieters – 18
Miguel Montero – 14
Russell Martin, Miguel Olivo – 11
Mark Buehrle Miami Marlins

Mark Buehrle brings his signficant defensive skills to Miami this year. It's hard to imagine a pitcher having that much defensive impact.

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