Defensive Runs Saved
Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) measures a fielder’s overall value with the glove. It is a number that is above or below zero. It is the number of runs that defender is worth compared to the average fielder. The average fielder would have a DRS of 0. Above average is around +5, +10 is great and anything +15 or above is Gold Glove caliber. The opposite is true for a player with a DRS number in the negatives.
Currently, the best fielder in the majors is Mookie Betts of the Red Sox as an outfielder. He boasts a +17 DRS. Nolan Arenado is looking to perhaps earn his 5th straight Gold Glove as he has a +16 DRS. As of right now, the league’s best shortstop is Addison Russell of the Cubs with a +12 DRS.
This stat is also what is telling us Andrew McCutchen is not what he used to be. He has the second-worst DRS in the big leagues at -13. Meaning he has cost the Pirates 13 more runs than an average fielder in his place.