Tuesday, March 5, 2013

2013 Reds predictions: Defensive MVP

It's day two of our eight-part series of Reds predictions. Yesterday, we talked hitting and offense. Today we do a 180 and discuss fielding and defense. There's plenty of great gloves comprising the Reds defense, but who will be the best in 2013, according to the Redlegs Review staff?

Our pick for the 2013 Reds Defensive MVP goes to:

@RedlegsWriter: This was a runaway decision again. Phillips has been a walking web gem for many years now. He narrowly missed out on his fourth Gold Glove in 2012, losing it to Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney who set an NL record and tied the AL record with 141 consecutive games without an error. Enjoy it while it lasts, Barney, because I fully expect Phillips to hoist the trophy again in 2013. Both Dusty Baker and Phillips felt his flashy style may have cost him votes. That's dumb, if true. Keep doing your thing BP.

He committed just five errors in 637 chances last year, but stats don't tell the whole story. Phillips gets to balls that other second basemen might not even attempt to get. His athleticism allows him to be a true difference maker in the field. Whether it's a behind-the-back or between-the-legs throw, or a dive and throw from the seat of his pants, you can be sure it will be spectacular and Phillips will get the out. Like I said last year, Phillips turns tough plays into the routine, and impossible plays into the spectacular.

Honorable mentions go to Jay Bruce, Ryan Hanigan, and Joey Votto who also received a vote each.

And in case you want to look back on a prior post, or just want to look ahead...

2013 season predictions schedule:
Monday: Offensive MVP
Today: Defensive MVP
Wednesday: Pitching MVP
Thursday: Most Improved
Friday: Top Newcomer
Saturday: Player Poised for Breakout Year
Sunday: Top Youngster

Monday: Potential All-Stars

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