- Ben Jedlovec, ESPN Insider
The All-Star break is upon us, and with that comes the annual onslaught of midseason awards and All-Stars. True to form, let's take a look at the defensive standouts at each position through three months of the season.
Catcher: Carlos Ruiz (6 defensive runs saved)
Ruiz has been one of the few bright spots in the Phillies' season. He's hitting nearly .350 with a near-1.000 OPS and has already blown by his career high in home runs. To top it off, he's thrown out 18 opposing baserunners with a 31 percent caught stealing rate, and he has been among the league's best pitch blockers.
Honorable mention: Yadier Molina (4 runs saved) -- Molina is acting like last year's career-low 25 percent caught stealing rate never happened, throwing out 35 percent of base stealers this season. Additionally, Molina has blocked more pitches in the dirt than any other catcher this year. Josh Thole (9 runs saved) also deserves mention for his handling of the surprisingly good Mets pitching staff this season.
Dishonorable mention: A.J. Pierzynski (-7 runs saved) -- Pierzynski has allowed 30 wild pitches to go with his seven passed balls this season, comfortably the worst combination in the league.
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