However, a glance at the SABR Defensive Index leaderboard for the 2015 season shows that perhaps at least one Phillies player should have been considered more seriously, and at least received a nomination.
Joining Herrera in being ranked by the SABR Defensive Index in the outfield, Ben Revere finished in 3rd position among left fielders for his work while with the Phillies, and Cody Asche finished in 11th place.
No Phillies finished among the Top 10 or so at their positions at either 3rd base or right field, where Maikel Franco and Jeff Francoeur might have been expected by some fans of the team to have finished well. Franco was not called up until mid-May, and then missed a couple of months due to injury.
According to the SABR website, their Defensive Index “draws on and aggregates two types of existing defensive metrics: those derived from batted ball location-based date, and those collected from play-by-play accounts.”
While Herrera finished at the top of the SDI, he was passed over for a nomination as one of three NL finalists.
Of those three, only the Cincinnati Reds’ Billy Hamiltonfinished close in the SABR rankings.
The other two nominees were the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock, the latter of whom was announced tonight as the 2015 Gold Glove winner.
While some Phillies fans might scoff at the idea that Herrera was deserving of a Gold Glove Award, the statistics show that at the very least, he should have been considered as a finalist.
In his first season as an outfielder, Herrera got better and better as the year went along.
Turning 24 years old at the end of next month, ‘El Torito’ showed that he should be an important part of the club’s rebuilding plans moving forward.