Cueto, Reds earn defensive honors

Johnny Cueto was part of the Reds' league-leading defense. 

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Johnny Cueto was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year and the Reds were honored as the Wilson Defensive Team of the Year Wednesday night.

One player at each position from across the 30 teams in Major League Baseball is selected for the award, which is in its third year of existence. Cueto wasn’t among the finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove for National League pitchers, which were announced Tuesday night, but he topped Gold Glove winners Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) and Dallas Keuchel of Houston (AL) for this award.

Cueto was one of five players honored Wednesday who didn’t win a Gold Glove on Tuesday. Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward was name the overall Defensive Player of the Year. 

The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners 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.

The Reds led MLB with a .988 fielding percentage and committed the fewest errors in baseball with 72.

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