LOS ANGELES -- The National League champion Dodgers were named MLB's Defensive Team of the Year and Yasiel Puig was honored as the top right fielder as part of the Wilson's Defensive Player of the Year Awards on Friday.
The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award is the official MLB defensive achievement award. The award recognizes the top defensive player at each position across the American and National Lagues, and since 2014, has recognized the best overall defensive team. One player is also recognized as the top overall defensive player in baseball, which went to Twins center fielder Byron Buxton.
Winners, both individual positions and for the team award, are determined using a formula that combines traditional defensive stats with advanced metrics, as well as the data logged by the baseball experts working for the scouting service Inside Edge.
Puig won for the first time, while the Dodgers picked up the team award for the first time as well.
In 145 games in right field, Puig posted a .996 fielding percentage -- he was charged with one error -- which ranked fourth among all NL outfielders, and second among MLB right fielders. Puig recorded four outfield assists and since 2013, ranks eighth among NL outfielders with 39 assists.
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In terms of Defensive Runs Saved, a stat that attempts to measure the overall effectiveness of a fielder, Puig tied for the lead among NL right fielders during the regular season with 18 DRS.