Gardner wins Wilson defensive award for LF

Gardner wins Wilson defensive award for LF

Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for his position on Friday night.

The designation for Gardner comes on the heels of winning his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday, following his ninth Major League season. The Wilson award was the second in a series of three major defensive awards given out this offseason; the upcoming Esurance MLB Awards feature two defensive categories -- Best Defensive Player and Best Defensive Play.

Voting for the MLB Awards, which began in September, ended Friday. The winners will be announced on MLB Network on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET.

The 33-year-old Gardner tallied 12 Defensive Runs Saved for the Yankees to lead all American League left fielders, per FanGraphs. The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards, established in 2012, evaluate infielders and outfielders based upon a formula that includes defensive WAR (25 percent), Defensive Runs Saved (25 percent), Inside Edge fielding ratings (20 percent), Inside Edge arm ratings (20 percent) and fielding percentage (10 percent). A different formula is used for pitchers and catchers.

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts won the Wilson award for best overall defensive player, and the Giants won the Wilson award for best overall defensive team in 2016.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.