Rays' Kevin Kiermaier wins Fielding Bible award
Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier was the unanimous winner of The Fielding Bible award for centerfielders in a vote of 12-member panel, having set a record with 42 Defensive Runs Saved.
Here is what author John Dewan and the panel wrote:
Kevin Kiermaier did what no other defensive player has ever done. He recorded 42 Defensive Runs Saved, the highest total since Baseball Info Solutions developed this metric in 2003. "The thing that sets Kiermaier apart from all other center fielders is his ability to range deep in center stealing doubles and triples right and left," says Dewan. "The metric that really highlights this is: he saved an incredible 65 bases on the plays he made compared to an average center fielder. That's a lot of dead doubles and triples!"
The next best center fielder in bases saved was Arizona's A.J. Pollock, far behind with 38. Kiermaier was a unanimous choice by the voters. Royal Lorenzo Cain was second on every ballot.
Kiermaier is a finalist for the Gold Glove award, which will be announced Nov. 10.