Defensive All-Star team

Manny Machado is shining with the leather as well as the lumber this season. Joy R. Absalon/USA TODAY Sports

The MLB All-Star Game is a fantasy game. It is the one opportunity each year to see the best players on the same field together. It is no surprise, then, that the fan ballot provides the statistics we typically associate with a fantasy game -- batting average, runs, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases.

Whether you prefer the All-Star rosters be determined by player value, popularity or usefulness in the game itself, defense should not be ignored. With that in mind, I've pulled from both leagues to create an All-Star team of the best defensive players in baseball.


First Base: Paul Goldschmidt (13 defensive runs saved)

This has been a breakout year for Goldschmidt in more ways than one. He has already surpassed his 20 home runs from 2012, and at this point he has 214 fewer plate appearances, and he has saved an estimated 12 runs because of his range, which Baseball Info Solutions measures in plus/minus runs saved, a component of overall DRS. Only Eric Hosmer -- another athletic first baseman -- has been even half as effective as Goldschmidt in range at the position.