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Astros' Dominguez honored for defense

Astros' Dominguez honored for defense


Third baseman Matt Dominguez was named Thursday as the Astros' recipient of the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Dominguez, in his first full season in the Major Leagues, started 149 games at third base in 2013 and ranked fourth in the American League at his position with a .963 fielding percentage. He committed 16 errors in 431 total chances.

Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia and D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra were named the recipients of 2013 AL and NL Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards, respectively. In addition, Arizona was named the National League Defensive Team of the Year, while the Orioles and Royals tied for the AL award.

Founded in 2012, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners are determined by using a formula that balances scouting information, sabermetric analysis and basic fielding statistics. In addition to the overall awards, one player from each club was recognized as its top defensive player.

The GIBBY trophy for Defensive Player of the Year will be awarded as part of the 2013 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, which are based on voting by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni and the Society for American Baseball Research, as well as fan balloting on MLB.com.

Through Sunday, Dec. 1, fans will be able to cast their ballots at MLB.com for the year's top defensive star, with no individual league affiliation.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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