KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wilson Sporting Goods announced Wednesday that Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon has been named a Defensive Player of the Year in left field. The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards recognize the top defensive player at each position in the Major Leagues. This is the third time Gordon has been recognized by Wilson as the top left fielder in the Majors, joining 2017 and 2014.
Gordon, 34, had nine outfield assists this season – his most since 2013 – three behind the Major League leaders. Since 2010, his 91 outfield assists are tied with Gerardo Parra for most in the Majors. He was charged with just two errors in 260 total chances in left field this season – including no errors in his last 80 games (78 starts) – good for a .992 fielding percentage, fourth best among qualified left fielders. He recorded 18 Defensive Runs Saved – most among left fielders – including six with his arm. In addition to his 134 starts in left field, Gordon started 11 games in center field and one in right field.
On Sunday, Gordon was named a Rawlings Gold Glove winner for the sixth time in his career (also: 2011-14, ’17), second most in Royals history behind only Frank White’s eight (1977-82, ’86-87). Last week, Gordon was also named a Fielding Bible Award winner for the fourth time (also: 2012-14).
Established in 2012, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award winners are determined using a formula that combines traditional defensive stats with advanced metrics and the data logged by the baseball experts working for the scouting service, Inside Edge.