Three Yankees Amongst 2018 Gold Glove ‘Finalists’

Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) makes a catch while jumping into the outfield wall during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Rawlings has announced ‘finalists’ for the Gold Glove Award. The winners will be announced November 4. All voting has already been done, before the playoffs.

There are three Yankees in the running — Aaron Judge for right field, Brett Gardner for left field, and Masahiro Tanaka for pitcher. Below are the finalists, with the number of Gold Gloves they’ve won previously in (parenthesis).

American League

Pitcher

Dallas Keuchel, Astros (3)
Corey Kluber, Indians (0)
Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees (0)

Tanaka is terrific in the field. He’s never won a glove. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Tanaka: 39 chances, 14 putouts, 24 assists, 1 error, and 4 double plays.
  • Keuchel: 41 chances, 14 putouts, 27 assists, 0 error, and 1 double play.
  • Kluber: 32 chances, 19 putouts, 13 assists, 0 errors, and 0 double plays.

If I remember correctly, Tanaka’s error came when he threw to 2nd base to try and start a double play. He turned a double play on the next play, ironically. From the above stats, it appears Tanaka is the most aggressive fielder of the three — turning 4 double plays to Keuchel’s 1, and Kluber’s 0. Kluber with less chances and half the assists of the other two but more putouts (running to first to get the runner).

If Kluber drops out of it due to his significantly lower assists, then it comes down to Keuchel and Tanaka and Keuchel has 0 errors; Tanaka 1. That error may have cost Tanaka the Gold Glove.

Catcher

Yan Gomes, Indians (0)
Martin Maldonado, Astros (1)
Salvador Perez, Royals (4)

Gary Sanchez did not make the finalists. This was expected.

First Base

Mitch Moreland, Red Sox (1)
Matt Olson, Athletics (0)
Justin Smoak, Blue Jays (0)

Maybe next year Luke Voit can make the finalists; his stretch at first and ability to catch bad throws is as good as any Yankee 1st baseman since Don Mattingly.

Second Base

Ian Kinsler, Red Sox (1)
Jed Lowrie, Athletics (0)
Rougned Odor, Rangers (0)

35-year old Robinson Cano did not make the short list. He made 10 errors for a .983 fielding percentage. Veteran Ian Kinsler whom the Red Sox picked up for insurance at 2nd, is a finalist. Red Sox had that kind of year.

Shortstop

Francisco Lindor, Indians (1)
Marcus Semien, Athletics (0)
Andrelton Simmons, Angels (3)

Didi Gregorius could have easily been in this top 3. It’s a tough field.

Third Base

Alex Bregman, Astros (0)
Matt Chapman, Athletics (0)
Jose Ramirez, Indians (0)

Miguel Andujar did not make the list. This was expected.

Left Field

Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox (0)
Brett Gardner, Yankees (1)
Alex Gordon, Royals (5)

Gardner with another fine year in left.

Center Field

Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox (0)
Adam Engel, White Sox (0)
Mike Trout, Angels (0)

No Aaron Hicks. He could’ve easily been in the top 3. Mike Trout has never won a Gold Glove nor has Jackie Bradley Jr. Prediction: Jackie Bradley Jr. gets it.

Right Field

Mookie Betts, Red Sox (2)
Kole Calhoun, Angels (1)
Aaron Judge, Yankees (0)

That is some set of right fielders! Betts probably gets it but Calhoun is phenomenal and Judge is terrific. Judge missed a month and a half so I don’t see him getting the glove this year.

National League

Not a single Met made the finalists.

Pitcher

Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks (4)
Clayton Richard, Padres (0)
Julio Teheran, Braves (0)

Catcher

Yadier Molina, Cardinals (8)
Manny Pina, Brewers (0)
Buster Posey, Giants (1)

First Base

Freddie Freeman, Braves (0)
Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (1)
Joey Votto, Reds (1)

Second Base

Javier Baez, Cubs (0)
DJ LeMahieu, Rockies (2)
Kolten Wong, Cardinals (0)

Shortstop

Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks (0)
Brandon Crawford, Giants (3)
Freddy Galvis, Padres (0)

Third Base

Nolan Arenado, Rockies (5)
Anthony Rendon, Nationals (0)
Travis Shaw, Brewers (0)

Left Field

Corey Dickerson, Pirates (0)
Adam Duvall, Reds (0)
Christian Yelich, Brewers (1)

Center Field

Lorenzo Cain, Brewers (0)
Billy Hamilton, Reds (0)
Ender Inciarte, Braves (2)

Right Field

Jason Heyward, Cubs (5)
Jon Jay, Diamondbacks (0)
Nick Markakis, Braves (2)

 

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