Simmons honored as MLB’s best defensive player in 2015

Andrelton Simmons was honored as baseball’s best defensive player in 2015 prior to the series opener against Texas when he received the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award.

Simmons, who was acquired in a November trade that sent Erick Aybar and two top pitching prospects to the Braves, won gold gloves in 2013 and 2014. Unlike the gold glove award, which is voted on by managers and coaches, the award Simmons received Thursday is based on sabermetrics.

Last season for the Braves, Simmons led NL shortstops in Defensive Runs Saved, Ultimate Zone Rating and FanGraphs’ Defensive Runs Above Average.

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