More offseason awards came in last night for the Arizona Diamondbacks. This time it wasn’t Paul Goldschmidt receiving an individual honor.
Gerardo Parra was named the Wilson National League Defensive Player of the Year. It is a well-deserved award for Parra as he led all NL outfielders in assists with 17 (Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals had the same number) and saved 41 defensive runs, tied with Atlanta Braves’ shortstop Andrelton Simmons for the best in baseball. He also sported an Ultimate Zone Rating of 31.1, also best in the Senior Circuit. UZR measures arm strength, double plays turned range and errors.
The D’backs were named the National League Defensive Team of the Year. Arizona was tied with the St. Louis Cardinals atop the NL in fielding percentage at .988 and tied for first with the Redbirds for fewest errors with 75. The Snakes turned in the NL’s best team UZI with 51.1 and saved the most defensive runs in the league with 86.
We find out November 14th if Goldy takes home the National MVP Award.