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Phillips corrals Wilson defensive honor

Phillips corrals Wilson defensive honor

Phillips corrals Wilson defensive honor

CINCINNATI -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has made defensive plays ranging from the routine to the dynamic to the extraordinary.

Phillips was recognized for his glove work during the first Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards, presented Sunday on MLB Network. The prize from the sporting goods company names the best defensive player on each Major League club, as well as naming the best defensive player in each league and the best defensive team in baseball.

The winners were determined by the statistical analysis of MLB Network's "shredder system" along with input from the Network's analysts.

Phillips, a three-time National League Gold Glove winner who was bypassed this season when the Cubs' Darwin Barney won the award, had five errors and a .992 fielding percentage in 2012.

Braves center fielder Michael Bourn and Angels center fielder Mike Trout were named the best defensive players in their respective leagues. The Braves were named the best defensive team.

More Reds could receive honors next month from this year's GIBBY Awards.

This year's GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, comeback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason performer.

GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's top play, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic and postseason moment, from MLB.com's Must C highlight reels. Winners will be presented their GIBBY trophies at the MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards extravaganza during the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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