Denard Span wins Wilson defensive player of the year award for Nationals

November 8, 2013

(Evan Vucci / AP)

Although he missed out on winning a Gold Glove for an errorless season in center field, Denard Span was honored on Thursday with the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award for the Nationals. In the annual award’s second season, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Gerardo Parra were selected as the American League and National League winner, respectively. A player from each team, however, was also honored, and Span was selected as the Nationals’ best defender in 2013.

Span, 29, was the only everyday center fielder in baseball to post a spotless fielding percentage of 1.000 and commit no errors. He saved three more runs than the average defender and posted a 10.2 UZR score, third best among NL center fielders. He made such good reads and jumps that he was rarely caught out of position on a play, making it look effortless and rarely diving for balls. He also displayed tremendous range and an ability to make difficult, game-changing catches. In his first season in the NL, he established himself as one of the league’s best outfielders and one of the Nationals’ most consistent fielders.

The winners of the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards, which were founded in 2012, are determined by using a formula that uses scouting information, sabermetric analysis and traditional statistics.

The winners

Atlanta Braves – Andrelton Simmons (SS)

Arizona Diamondbacks – Gerardo Parra (OF)

Baltimore Orioles- Manny Machado (3B)

Boston Red Sox – Dustin Pedroia (2B)

Chicago White Sox – Gordon Beckham (2B)

Chicago Cubs – Darwin Barney (2B)

Cleveland Indians – Yan Gomes (C)

Cincinnati Reds – Jay Bruce (OF)

Colorado Rockies – DJ LeMahieu (2B)

Detroit Tigers – Austin Jackson (OF)

Houston Astros – Matt Dominguez (3B)

Kansas City Royals – Lorenzo Cain (OF)

Los Angeles Dodgers – Juan Uribe (3B)

Miami Marlins – Donovan Solano (2B)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – J.B. Shuck (OF)

Milwaukee Brewers – Carlos Gomez (OF)

Minnesota Twins – Brian Dozier (2B)

New York Mets – Juan Lagares (OF)

New York Yankees – Robinson Cano (2B)

Oakland Athletics – Josh Reddick (OF)

Philadelphia Phillies- Carlos Ruiz (C)

Pittsburgh Pirates – Russell Martin (C)

Seattle Mariners – Dustin Ackley (2B)

San Diego Padres – Chris Denorfia (OF)

San Francisco Giants – Gregor Blanco (OF)

St. Louis Cardinals – Yadier Molina (C)

Tampa Bay Rays – Evan Longoria (3B)

Texas Rangers – Craig Gentry (OF)

Toronto Blue Jays – Colby Rasmus (OF)

Washington Nationals – Denard Span (OF)

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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