Lorenzo Cain of the Milwaukee Brewers won one of baseball’s highest honors: a Fielding Bible Award. The awards are ranked just below the Gold Glove as baseball’s top defensive honor, though many place a greater emphasis on the Fielding Bible Awards when it comes to who the top defenders are as contrary to most other baseball awards they rely more heavily on advanced metrics.
The Fielding Bible Award winner for Center Field is Lorenzo Cain of the @Brewers— Sports Info Solutions (@SportsInfo_SIS) October 29, 2018
Cain led all CF in Defensive Runs Saved in 2018, rated very well at catching balls hit to the deepest part of the ballpark pic.twitter.com/xJBsLAUi60
The winners of the 2018 Fielding Bible Awards are ...— Sports Info Solutions (@SportsInfo_SIS) October 29, 2018
1B: Matt Olson
2B: Kolten Wong
3B: Matt Chapman
SS: Andrelton Simmons
LF: Alex Gordon
CF: Lorenzo Cain
RF: Mookie Betts
C: Jeff Mathis
P: Zack Greinke
Multi-Position: Javier Báez
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Twelve experts vote on each player, giving them a first place through 10th place vote. First place votes are worth 10 points, 10th place votes are worth one. Only one player in the National and American League can win for each position.
To be eligible, position players must play at least 600 innings, catchers 500 innings, pitched 120 innings, or have at least 10 defensive runs saved.
Cain managed 20 defensive runs saved during the season, fourth-best in all of baseball and the best outfielder. LoCain also had a 8.7 UZR, ranking him in the top 10 for all of baseball. That’s just a minor representation of his defensive prowess.
Two other Brewers were finalists for the award. Travis Shaw came in fourth for third basemen, Christian Yelich was 10th for left fielders and fifth for the multi-position award.
Cain is the first Brewer to win the award since Jonathan Lucroy in 2014. Carlos Gomez (2013) is the only other Milwaukee player to win the award.
For your enjoyment, check out some of LoCain’s top plays from 2018.
Every fly ball is an adventure at Wrigley today, but @Brewers CF Lorenzo Cain showed superb concentration to corral this drive to the gap.— #Statcast (@statcast) April 28, 2018
He reached an elite sprint speed of 29.9 ft/sec to haul in an 11% catch probability ball. That's a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ play! pic.twitter.com/Y2XIWuoGTD
Home run? Double? Neither, if Lorenzo Cain has anything to say about it.— #Statcast (@statcast) September 15, 2018
The @Brewers CF had to cover 108 feet to convert this 26% catch probability with a nifty leaping grab at the wall. pic.twitter.com/VeH03jPRVS
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs