Defensive All-Star team
These players have stood above the rest for their work with the leather
Whether you prefer the All-Star rosters be determined by player value, popularity or usefulness in the game itself, defense should not be ignored. With that in mind, I've pulled from both leagues to create an All-Star team of the best defensive players in baseball.
This has been a breakout year for Goldschmidt in more ways than one. He has already surpassed his 20 home runs from 2012, and at this point he has 214 fewer plate appearances, and he has saved an estimated 12 runs because of his range, which Baseball Info Solutions measures in plus/minus runs saved, a component of overall DRS. Only Eric Hosmer -- another athletic first baseman -- has been even half as effective as Goldschmidt in range at the position.
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