Astros: Defensive Wins Above Replacement Leaders

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Houston Astros, Jeremy Pena, Jose Altuve
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Defensive WAR: 2B, Altuve’s Rank: 15th

Because of Jose Altuve’s time off of the field earlier this season, the Astros relied on utility man Aledmys Díaz to play at second base for ten games. Díaz rose to the occasion in Altuve’s absence, earning 11th place among all second baseman with a +0.4 defensive WAR.

So far on the relatively young season, Altuve has played 33 games at second base and holds a defensive WAR of -0.1, good for 34th best among all second basemen in the majors.

Defensive WAR: SS, Peña’s Rank: 3rd

Rookie Jeremy Peña has dazzled offensively, far surpassing expectations. Defensively, he ranks third among all MLB shortstops with a +1.0 defensive WAR. Additionally, Peña’s .953 fielding percentage ranks as the 23rd best among all MLB shortstops this season.

Defensive WAR: 3B, Bregman’s Rank: 41st

Bregman has appeared in 46 games so far on the season for the Astros. He has committed two errors in 129 total chances, good for a .984 fielding percentage. While Bregman ranks 41st in defensive WAR at his position, the two-time All-Star is shining in a particular defensive category. Specifically, he currently ranks second in the majors among all third basemen in turning double plays.