Twins CF Byron Buxton named MLB Defensive Player of the Year

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was named the MLB Defensive Player of the Year.

Buxton, 23, was one of five first-time winners of the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards announced Friday. 

The National League champion Dodgers were named the Wilson Defensive Team of the Year.

The other first-time winners of the awards, which are sponsored by the official ball glove of MLB, were Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, Indians first baseman Carlos Santana, Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood. 

Maldonado and Buxton also won Gold Glove awards earlier this week. Puig was beaten out by Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward for a Gold Glove. Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer got the Gold Glove over Santana and Chatwood lost to Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke for the NL Gold Glove.

Here is the complete list of 2017 Wilson Defensive Players of the Year winners


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