Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards

Overall Defensive Players of the Year by Wilson Sporting Goods

The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award was given to one player on each team annually. One overall Defensive Player of the Year is selected from each league each year as well.

Unlike the Gold Glove Awards, which are voted on by Major League managers and coaches, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners are determined by statistical metrics, using the same "shredder system" seen on the sabermetrics-heavy show "Clubhouse Confidential," along with input from MLB Network analysts.

Starting in 2014, the The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award continued basing its' selections on advanced fielding statistics, but the format changed where one player, regardless of league / team played, was selected at each position who was the best defensive player at that position.

An overall Defensive Player of the Year was still selected from the leading nine and their name appears in the table in bold print as well as a new addition, the best Defensive Team of the Year (which is also in bold print).

Baseball Almanac presents below, in chronological order, all receipients of the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award.

"That's where my income comes from. When I got to the big leagues, I had to use my legs as my weapon until I could get everything else down. My defense, my offense got better as time went on, but my speed is what got everyone to notice me." - Michael Bourn (Meggie Zahneis, 06/04/2013, 'Bourn to run: Outfielder defined by need for speed', Source )
2012 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

Wilson Defensive Player of The Year Award

Overall League Winner: AL Mike Trout / NL Michael Bourn

AL East
Player Name
Pos
NL East
Player Name
Pos
Orioles
Red Sox
Yankees
Rays
Blue Jays
SS
2B
2B
C
3B
Braves
Marlins
Mets
Phillies
Nationals
OF
OF
3B
C
1B
AL Central

Player Name

Pos

NL Central

Player Name
Pos
White Sox
Indians
Tigers
Royals
Twins
-
SS
2B
OF
OF
OF
-
Cubs
Reds
Astros
Brewers
Pirates
Cardinals
2B
2B
OF
OF
OF
C
AL West

Player Name

Pos

NL West

Player Name
Pos
Angels
Athletics
Mariners
Rangers
-
OF
OF
SS
3B
-
Diamondbacks
Rockies
Dodgers
Padres
Giants
2B
OF
OF
3B
SS
2013 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

Overall League Winner: AL Dustin Pedroia / NL Gerardo Parra

AL East

Player Name

Pos

NL East

Player Name
Pos
Orioles
Red Sox
Yankees
Rays
Blue Jays
3B
2B
2B
3B
OF
Braves
Marlins
Mets
Phillies
Nationals
SS
2B
OF
C
OF
AL Central

Player Name

Pos

NL Central

Player Name
Pos
White Sox
Indians
Tigers
Royals
Twins
2B
C
OF
OF
2B
Cubs
Reds
Brewers
Pirates
Cardinals
2B
OF
OF
C
C
AL West

Player Name

Pos

NL West

Player Name
Pos
Angels
Astros
Athletics
Mariners
Rangers
OF
3B
OF
2B
OF
Diamondbacks
Rockies
Dodgers
Padres
Giants
OF
2B
3B
OF
OF
2014 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

Bold = Overall Defensive Player of Year & Overall Defensive Team of Year

GGs
Won?

Player Name

Pos

Team

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02
01
01
02
02
01
02
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P
C
1B
2B
3B
SS
LF
CF
RF

NL
NL
NL
AL
NL
NL
AL
AL
NL

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Won?
Player Name
Pos
Team
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2015 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

Bold = Overall Defensive Player of Year & Overall Defensive Team of Year

GGs
Won?
Player Name
Pos
Team
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01
02
01
01
02
02
01
02
01
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C
1B
2B
3B
SS
LF
CF
RF
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
AL
NL
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Team
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2016 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

Bold = Overall Defensive Player of Year & Overall Defensive Team of Year

GGs
Won?
Player Name
Pos
Team
Lg
03
01
01
04
04
02
01
02
01
P
C
1B
2B
3B
SS
LF
CF
RF
NL
NL
NL
AL
NL
NL
AL
AL
AL
GGs
Won?
Player Name
Pos
Team
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2017 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

Bold = Overall Defensive Player of Year & Overall Defensive Team of Year

GGs
Won?
Player Name
Pos
Team
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00
01
00
02
05
03
05
01
00
P
C
1B
2B
3B
SS
LF
CF
RF
NL
AL
AL
NL
NL
AL
AL
AL
NL
GGs
Won?
Player Name
Pos
Team
Lg
2018 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

Bold = Overall Defensive Player of Year & Overall Defensive Team of Year

GGs
Won?
Player Name
Pos
Team
Lg
05
00
01
03
01
04
06
02
03
P
C
1B
2B
3B
SS
LF
CF
RF
NL
AL
NL
NL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
GGs
Won?
Player Name
Pos
Team
Lg
2019 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

Bold = Overall Defensive Player of Year & Overall Defensive Team of Year (1)

GGs
Won?
Player Name
Pos
Team
Lg
06
01
01
01
02
04
01
01
00
P
C
1B
2B
3B
SS
LF
CF
RF
NL
AL
NL
NL
AL
AL
NL
NL
AL
GGs
Won?
Player Name
Pos
Team
Lg
2020 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

Bold = Overall Defensive Player of Year & Overall Defensive Team of Year

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Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award | Baseball Awards Menu



Mike Trout (American League) and Michael Bourn (National League) were the first overall Wilson Defensive Players of the Year!

(1) In 2019, the Defensive Team of the Year Award went to the Houston Astros , however, not one player on that team was selected for an individual honor.

The first American League players to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award more than once are Lorenzo Cain , Robinson Cano , Austin Jackson , Dustin Pedroia and Josh Reddick . The first National League players are Darwin Barney , Carlos Gomez , Yadier Molina and Carlos Ruiz .
In 2012, Denard Span won the Defensive Player of the Year Award with an American League team. In 2013, Denard won again, with a National League team, making Span the first and only player to date to win at least once from each league.
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