It was the fourth such honor in five years for Simmons and the first for Maldonado. Wilson determines the winners of the award, which is given to the top defender at each position, regardless of league, using a formula that includes traditional defensive stats, advanced metrics and information gathered by Inside Edge.
Simmons, 28, led the Majors with 32 defensive runs saved this season, according to FanGraphs, and posted a .980 fielding percentage, with just 14 errors in 685 chances. His 4.2 defensive WAR also topped the Majors, per Baseball-Reference.com. Inside Edge rated Simmons' arm as the best at his position.
Maldonado caught an American League-best 137 games in 2017 and posted a 38.7 percent caught-stealing percentage, which ranked first among AL catchers who played at least 100 games. The 31-year-old backstop had an average pop time to second base of 1.90 seconds in 41 attempts since the start of 2016, the seventh-best mark in Major League Baseball, according to Inside Edge.
The Angels acquired Maldonado, a longtime backup, from the Brewers last December, believing that he could provide a defensive upgrade behind the plate. He has now rewarded that faith with his first career Gold Glove and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was named overall Wilson Defensive Player of the Year, while the Dodgers were recognized as the Defensive Team of the Year.
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.