The Kansas City Royals had two players chosen as finalists for a Gold Glove by the MLB and Rawlings. One of those is Alex Gordon.
Alongside Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees and Andrew Benintendi from the Boston Red Sox, Gordon is in the running for a Gold Glove. How likely is he to take home the hardware for the 2018 season?
Gordon has won five Gold Gloves in his career, including last year in 2017. In the 141 games he participated in during the 2018 season, he helped save 4.6 runs. From left, he tallied 249 putouts and nine assists, and overall in 2018, he notched 281 putouts. He had just two errors all season.
Gardner accounted for 2.5 defensive runs saved in the 2018 season. From left field, he notched 199 putouts, and 264 overall when counting his time all throughout the outfield. He also tallied six assists and only yielded three errors all season.
Benintendi and his team are well on their way to becoming World Series champions. The young outfielder accounted for negative 1.5 defensive runs saved in the 2018 season. He tallied 201 putouts from left field throughout his 2018 campaign, and 40 from center. He made just four errors on the season. Benintendi accounted for 12 outfield assists on the year.
Is Gordon the most qualified nominee?
Based on the statistics only, it would seem that Gordon is the most qualified of the three. Even though the Kansas City Royals did not have the greatest season, Gordon did still play well.
It would not come as any type of surprise if Alex Gordon’s name is called when they announce the winners on November 4 during a special edition of Baseball Tonight.