The finalists for the Gold Glove Awards were announced today, and two Reds were among the chosen few:
Adam Duvall is a first-time Gold Glove finalist, and the honor is richly deserved. Using FanGraphs’ quick and dirty “Def” measurement (defensive runs above average), Duvall was the top defensive left fielder in all of baseball. (Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte is the only National League left fielder with more defensive WAR, according to Baseball Reference.)
Duvall wasn’t particularly flashy, but it was evident early in the season that he wasn’t a butcher with the glove as he’d been advertised. Quite the opposite: he’s athletic, had good range, and sure hands.
You already know about Billy Hamilton, who is a staple of SportsCenter highlight reels. It’s Hamilton’s third time as a Gold Glove finalist, and it’s high time he won his first one. FanGraphs has Hamilton as the best defensive center fielder in the National League and second in the majors (and he was tops in the NL in defensive WAR, as well).
I was hopeful that Zack Cozart would win his first Gold Glove this year, but the injuries and all the missed time doomed his candidacy, I’m afraid.
If I had to guess, I’d say that Billy Hamilton will win the Gold Glove for NL center fielders. Duvall has a tougher hill to climb. But, as Trent Rosecrans said, his 2016 season was a great one no matter what:
Really happy for both these guys. Always good to find a ray of sunshine in what was otherwise a difficult season.