October 15, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) celebrates after scoring a run in the first inning against New York Mets in game five of NLDS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Best infielder: Adrian Gonzalez
Right out of the gate, a really tough decision. It was either the butter-and-eggs man or Justin Turner, who defied all logic for the second straight season and maybe is the real deal and not just a product of a sky high BABIP. Turner put up a better overall slash line (.294/.370/.491) than Gonzalez (.275/.350/.480) and played pretty good defense at third, but he missed a little too much time for him to win this honor over Gonzalez.
Turner missed 36 games, and while that isn’t a huge number it really hurt the Dodgers, who were without a suitable backup at third for most of the season after Juan Uribe was traded. Gonzalez played in 156 of the teams 162 games, with solid offense regardless of lefty-lefty matchups and Gold Glove caliber defense at first.
Overall, both of them easily could have been the best infielder on the team. I gave the edge to Gonzo because, for the last three years, he’s been the most consistent and dependable bat in the Dodgers lineup.
Honorable mention- Turner, first half Yasmani Grandal
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