Last year, Ian Kinsler finished second to Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia for the Fielding Bible Award. This season, he takes home the award as the best defender in MLB at second base. Kinsler led the majors with 19 defensive runs saved in 2015, one less than the MLB-leading 20 DRS he recorded in 2014.
Kinsler's 19 DRS was six points above the next best fielder, according to FanGraphs' defensive stats -- Marlins' Dee Gordon. He also recorded an MLB-best 6.7 UZR/150 and recorded 425 assists, fourth-most in the majors.
It should be noted that using UZR without a 150-game factor, his 6.3 UZR finished first in the American League but second in baseball. Gordon recorded the highest in that aspect, and he finished second in voting for the award.
In addition to the Fielding Bible Award, Kinsler is also a finalist for the Gold Glove award, a nomination he has earned for the third time in his career. He came close last season but ultimately finished second -- also to Pedroia in that regard.
Kinsler has recorded 69 DRS since 2011, best in the majors for the last five years for a second baseman. He holds that lead by a massive 11 DRS, the second-best belonging to Pedroia, with 58.
In being named the best fielding second baseman, Kinsler becomes the first Tiger to earn the award since former Tiger Austin Jackson did it in 2011. No Tiger has won a Gold Glove Award since Placido Polanco in 2009.
It would be the seventh Gold Glove at second base for the Tigers were Kinsler to win the award.