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Jake Arrieta: Gold Glove Finalist

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darwin barney gold gloveThe Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists have been announced, and there’s a possible surprise entrant for the Chicago Cubs:

American League

Pitcher

  • Mark Buehrle – Toronto
  • Sonny Gray – Oakland
  • Dallas Keuchel – Houston

Catcher

  • Jason Castro – Houston
  • Russell Martin – Toronto
  • Salvador Perez – Kansas City

First Base

  • Eric Hosmer – Houston
  • Mike Napoli – Texas
  • Mark Teixeira – New York

Second Base

  • Jose Altuve – Houston
  • Brian Dozier – Minnesota
  • Ian Kinsler – Detroit

Third Base

  • Adrian Beltre – Texas
  • Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay
  • Manny Machado – Baltimore

Shortstop

  • Xander Bogaerts – Boston
  • Alcides Escobar – Kansas City
  • Didi Gregorious – New York

Left Field

  • Yoenis Cespedes – Detroit
  • Brett Gardner – New York
  • Alex Gordon – Kansas City

Center Field

  • Kevin Kiermaier – Tampa Bay
  • Kevin Pillar – Toronto
  • Mike Trout – Los Angeles

Right Field

  • Kole Calhoun – Los Angeles
  • J.D. Martinez – Detroit
  • Josh Reddick – Oakland

Pitcher

  • Jake Arrieta – Chicago
  • Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh
  • Zack Greinke – Los Angeles

Catcher

  • Yadier Molina – St Louis
  • Buster Posey – San Francisco
  • Wilson Ramos – Washington

First Base

  • Brandon Belt – San Francisco
  • Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona
  • Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles

Second Base

  • Dee Gordon – Miami
  • DJ LeMahieu – Colorado
  • Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati

Third Base

  • Nolan Arenado – Colorado
  • Matt Duffy – San Francisco
  • Todd Frazier – Cincinnati

Shortstop

  • Brandon Crawford – San Francisco
  • Adeiny Hechavarria – Miami
  • Andrelton Simmons – Atlanta

Left Field

  • Starling Marte – Pittsburgh
  • Justin Upton – San Diego
  • Christian Yelich – Miami

Center Field

  • Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati
  • Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh
  • A.J. Pollock – Arizona

Right Field

  • Curtis Granderson – New York
  • Bryce Harper – Washington
  • Jason Heyward – St. Louis

Although not classically thought of as a top defender, Arrieta was very good this year, both by the eye and the advanced metrics (his 6 defensive runs saved was third highest in baseball, behind only Dallas Keuchel (13) and Zack Greinke (9)). We probably focus on his issues holding runners a bit too much, because, otherwise, when it comes to fielding his position, he’s very good.

That Anthony Rizzo is once again snubbed from even being a finalist is frustrating to me. Although he was fifth in UZR, Rizzo was tied with Adrian Gonzalez for second in all of baseball at 10 DRS. (It’s a bit academic, because the leader – Paul Goldschmidt – blew away the field and will run away with the actual award.)


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From there, the only other Cub would would have merited serious consideration is Addison Russell, who was hurt here by virtue of a midseason position switch from second base to shortstop. I think he probably still should have gotten the nod somewhere, but we’ll just have to hope he’s properly recognized when The Fielding Bible releases its multi-position award.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor of Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.

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