Monday, June 18, 2018

The 81 Clutch Defensive Players based on recent Gold Glove nominations

One part of the Statis-Pro game that was dated was the reliance merely on double plays to determine if a player was a clutch defensive player. While modern stats measure defensive Wins Above Replacement figures, on fielding I still rely on the gold glove votes by managers and coaches to determine which players get the highest mark - the Clutch Defense 4 that allows for diving catches that can save games.

The following is the scale I use:

CD1 (the lowest Clutch Defense Rating) is given to any player with a negative Rdrs/year (see Standard Fielding for the player at

CD2 (average Clutch Defense Rating) is given to any player with at least a 0 Rdrs/year rating.

CD3 (good Clutch Defense Rating) is given to any Pitcher or Catcher with at least a 5 Rdrs/yr, any infielder with at least a 7.5 Rdrs/yr rating, and any outfielder with at least a 10 Rdrs/yr rating.

CD4 (excellent Clutch Defense Rating) is given to any player who was nominated for a gold glove in the last two years (all 81 such players are listed by team below). If a player nominated, disregard the Rdrs/yr rating as this means the coaches and managers from the league view the player as one of the best 3 in his league at his position. The only other time I award a CD4 is if a new player, who has not yet had a chance to be voted on as a gold glove nominee, registers a Rdrs/yr rating of twice what they need to be a CD 3 (so 10 for C/P, 15 for Infielders and 20 for outfielders).

The CD1 player can never try for a clutch play in the game, but the following are the results for the other players when a Clutch Defense opportunity occurs with men on base, and below that are the 81 CD4 gold glove nominees.

CD1 = no play madeCD Clutch DefenseChance for Great Play
Infielders resultCD2 on cardCD3 or 4 on Card but NOT on list belowOn Gold Glove list below (treated as CD4)
Line out, lead runner doubled off base11 to 2111 to 4211 to 56
Grounder, lead runner thrown out22 to 3243 to 5557 to 78
No action, return to normal play33 to 8856 to 8881 to 88
Outfielders onlyCD2 on cardCD3 or 4 on Card but NOT on list belowOn Gold Glove list below (treated as CD4)
Line out in gap, lead runner doubled off base11 to 2111 to 4211 to 56
Line out, runners get back safely22 to 3243 to 5557 to 78
No action, return to normal play33 to 8856 to 8881 to 88
Catchers OnlyCD2 on cardCD3 or 4 on Card but NOT on list belowOn Gold Glove list below (treated as CD4)
Diving catch of pop up, lead runner doubled off base11 to 3211 to 5511 to 78
No Action33 to 8856 to 8881 to 88

TEAMGold Glove Nominee 2017 or 18Position

ArizonaPaul GoldschmidtFirst Base
ArizonaZack GreinkePitcher
AtlantaEnder InciarteCenter Field
AtlantaNick MarkakisRight Field
BaltimoreAlex CobbPitcher
BaltimoreChris DavisFirst Base
BaltimoreColby RasmusLeft Field
BaltimoreManny MachadoThird Base
BostonChris SalePitcher
BostonDustin PedroiaSecond Base
BostonJackie Bradley Jr.Center Field
BostonMitch MorelandFirst Base
BostonMookie BettsRight Field
Chicago CubsAddison RussellShortstop
Chicago CubsAnthony RizzoFirst Base
Chicago CubsBen ZobristSecond Base
Chicago CubsJason HeywardRight Field
CincinnatiAdam DuvallLeft Field
CincinnatiBilly HamiltonCenter Field
CincinnatiJoey VottoFirst Base
CincinnatiTucker BarnhartCatcher
ClevelandFrancisco LindorShortstop
ClevelandJose RamirezThird Base
ClevelandYan GomesCatcher
ColoradoCarlos GonzalezRight Field
ColoradoDJ LeMahieuSecond Base
ColoradoGerardo ParraLeft Field
ColoradoNolan ArenadoThird Base
DetroitIan KinslerSecond Base
DetroitJames McCannCatcher
DetroitJose IglesiasShortstop
Free AgentR.A. DickeyPitcher
HoustonDallas KeuchelPitcher
HoustonGeorge SpringerRight Field
HoustonJustin VerlanderPitcher
Kansas CityAlex GordonLeft Field
Kansas CitySalvador PerezCatcher
LA AngelsAndrelton SimmonsShortstop
LA AngelsJustin UptonLeft Field
LA AngelsKole CalhounRight Field
LA AngelsMartin MaldonadoCatcher
LA DodgersCorey SeagerShortstop
LA DodgersJustin TurnerThird Base
LA DodgersYasiel PuigRight Field
MilwaukeeChristian YelichLeft Field
MilwaukeeLorenzo CainCenter Field
MilwaukeeZach DaviesPitcher
MinnesotaBrian DozierSecond Base
MinnesotaByron BuxtonCenter Field
NY YankeesAaron JudgeRight Field
NY YankeesBrett GardnerLeft Field
NY YankeesGiancarlo StantonRight Field
OaklandJonathan LucroyCatcher
PhiladelphiaCarlos SantanaFirst Base
PhiladelphiaJake ArrietaPitcher
PhiladelphiaOdubel HerreraCenter Field
PittsburghDavid FreeseThird Base
PittsburghStarling MarteLeft Field
San DiegoEric HosmerFirst Base
San DiegoFreddy GalvisShortstop
San DiegoWil MyersFirst Base
San FranciscoBrandon CrawfordShortstop
San FranciscoBuster PoseyCatcher
San FranciscoEvan LongoriaThird Base
San FranciscoJoe PanikSecond Base

Jean Segura
Dee Gordon
Second Base
Second Base
SeattleKyle SeagerThird Base
SeattleRobinson CanoSecond Base
St. LouisAdam WainwrightPitcher
St. LouisMarcell OzunaLeft Field
St. LouisYadier MolinaCatcher
Tampa BayKevin KiermaierCenter Field
TexasAdrian BeltreThird Base
TexasCarlos PerezCatcher
TexasElvis AndrusShortstop
TorontoKevin PillarCenter Field
TorontoMarcus StromanPitcher
WashingtonAdam EatonRight Field
WashingtonAnthony RendonThird Base
WashingtonMichael TaylorCenter Field