- The Rawlings 2020 Gold Glove winners were announced Tuesday night, headlined by Nolan Arenado and Alex Gordon, each winning their eighth Gold Gloves
- In total seven players won at least a second Gold Glove with another 11 first-time winners
It’s been a big 24 hours for hardware in Major League Baseball. Monday night, the BBWAA released its major award finalists for league MVPS, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year.
Tuesday morning, BetOnline released odds for said awards, prompting me to immediately dive in with my picks which included upsets in both the NL Rookie of the Year and NL Manager of the Year.
Fast forward to Tuesday night and the Rawlings Gold Glove winners were announced, highlighted by a pair of players who took home their eighth Gold Gloves in the form of Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and now-retired Royals outfielder Alex Gordon.
Keep in mind the 2020 Gold Glove finalists were determined by a spreadsheet based on analytics as opposed to a vote by managers and coaches who are not allowed to vote for their own players.
Here are your 2020 Gold Glove Winners
Catcher: Roberto Perez, Indians (2nd)
Perez posted 6 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), as per FanGraphs, and allowed just four steals on 14 attempts, good for an enormous 71.4% caught-stealing rate.
Runners Up: Yasmani Grandal (CWS), James McCann (CWS)
First Base: Evan White, Mariners (1st)
White posted 7 DRS and an Ultimate Zone Rating /150 (UZR) of 7.3 in his rookie season as the Mariners’ No.4 prospect. Statcast pegged him in the league’s 82nd percentile in outs above average (OAA).
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 25, 2020
Runners Up: Yuli Gurriel (HOU), Matt Olson (OAK)
Second Base: Cesar Hernandez, Indians (1st)
Hernandez was worth 6 DRS and a 7.1 UZR/150 in his first season, and possible only, season with the Indians while Statcast pegged him in the league’s 94th percentile in OAA.
Runners Up: Danny Mendick (CWS), Jonathan Schoop (DET)
Third Base: Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Rangers (1st)
The versatile Kiner-Falefa played 121 innings at shortstop and 366.1 at third after catching 586 innings over the last two seasons. Nevertheless, he posted 8 DRS and a 4.8 UZR/150 at third base in 2020 with Statcast placing him the league’s 96th percentile in OAA.
Runners Up: Yoan Moncada (CWS), Gio Urshela (NYY)
Shortstop: J.P. Crawford, Mariners (1st)
Another first-time winner, Crawford worked to 6 DRS and a 7.6 UZR/150 in his second season with the Mariners with Statcast putting him in the league’s 94th percentile in OAA.
Runners Up: Carlos Correa (HOU), Niko Goodrum (DET)
Left Field: Alex Gordon, Royals (8th)
Gordon hung up the spikes after the 2020 season, but not without claiming his eighth career Gold Glove award in left field after coming up the Royals’ system as a third baseman. He posted 1 DRS and an 11.1 UZR/150 while ranking in the league’s 74th percentile in outfield jump, but strangely just 11th percentile in OAA.
Runners Up: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR), Kyle Tucker (HOU)
Center Field: Luis Robert, White Sox (1st)
Robert wins a Gold Glove in his rookie season, posting 8 DRS and 8.6 UZR/150 while ranking in the league’s 99th percentile in OAA and 70th in outfielder jump.
LUIS ROBERT WHAT A CATCH pic.twitter.com/72Kk39b1t2
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) September 6, 2020
Runners Up: Byron Buxton (MIN), Ramon Laureano (OAK)
Right Field: Joey Gallo, Rangers (1st)
Gallo slumped at the plate in 2020, but took home his first Gold Glove by way of his elite 12 DRS and 16.9 UZR/150 while ranking in the league’s 89th percentile in OAA and 95th in outfielder jump.
Runners Up: Clint Frazier (NYY), Anthony Santander (BAL)
Pitcher: Griffin Canning, Angels (1st)
Canning posted 3 DRS in 2020 to go along with a .938 fielding percentage and recorded just one error on the season.
Runners Up: Kenta Maeda (MIN), Zach Plesac (CLE)
Catcher: Tucker Barnhart, Reds (2nd)
He played in just 38 games, but Barnhart was elite behind the plate, posting 9 DRS and throwing out 36.3% of his base runners while ranking in the league’s 77th percentile in terms of pitch framing.
Runners Up: Willson Contreras (CHC), Jacob Stallings (PIT)
First Base: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (4th)
Rizzo wins his fourth Gold Glove thanks to 3 DRS, an 10.1 UZR/150, but Statcast was not nearly as pleased, placing him the league’s 20th percentile in OAA.
Runners Up: Brandon Belt (SF), Paul Goldschmidt (STL)
Second Base: Kolten Wong, Cardinals (2nd)
Despite seeing his optioned declined, Wong wins his second career Gold Glove thanks to posting 6 DRS and a 7.5 UZR/150 and ranking in the league’s 82nd percentile in OAA.
Kolten Wong just missed a two-run HR in extras, but he already saved the game with this play
Absolute magician on defensepic.twitter.com/DkxNGGXo10
— Sean Zerillo (@SeanZerillo) September 14, 2020
Runners Up: Adam Frazier (PIT), Nico Hoerner (CHC)
Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (8th)
Arenado not only wins his eighth Gold Glove, but his eighth straight, otherwise known as every year he’s been in the league. He posted a massive 15 DRS, 15.5 UZR/150 and ranked in the 99th percentile in OAA.
Runners Up: Brian Anderson (MIA), Manny Machado (SD)
Shortstop: Javier Baez, Cubs (1st)
Interestingly, this is Baez’s first Gold Glove after he posted 7 DRS and a 1.7 UZR/150, but also ranked in the league’s 94th percentile in OAA.
Runners Up: Miguel Rojas (MIA), Dansby Swanson (ATL)
Left Field: Tyler O’Neil, Cardinals (1st)
Perhaps one of the more underrated outfielders in the game, O’Neill posted 9 DRS and a 15.4 UZR/150 in 2020, also ranking in the league’s 94th percentile in OAA and 70th in outfielder jump.
Runners Up: Shogo Akiyama (CIN), David Peralta (ARI)
Center Field: Trent Grisham, Padres (1st)
Grisham wins his first Gold Glove in his first season with the Padres, posting 7 DRS, a monster 21.1 UZR/150, a 99th ranking in OAA and 89th in outfielder jump.
Runners Up: Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL), Cody Bellinger (LAD)
Right Field: Mookie Betts, Dodgers (5th)
Betts wins his fifth straight Gold Glove in his first season in Dodger blue, turning in 11 DRS and a 15.9 UZR/150 while ranking in the league’s 96th percentile in OAA and 81st in outfielder jump.
Mookie Betts. Again. Spectacular defensive gem to rob Freddie Freeman of a home run. pic.twitter.com/XEBeEtrHhl
— Positive Residual (@presidual) October 19, 2020
Runners Up: Charlie Blackmon (COL), Kole Calhoun (ARI), Jason Heyward (CHC)
Pitcher: Max Fried, Braves (1st)
Fried earns in his first Gold Glove as the team’s 2020 ace, working to 5 DRS, 15 assists and a .941 fielding percentage with just one error on the season.
Runners Up: Kyle Hendricks (CHC), Alex Mills (CHC)