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Pillar and Dickey Named Gold Glove Finalists

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Rawlings has announced their 2016 Gold Glove finalists. In total, 54 MLB players were named in consideration of the award which aims to reward the best of the best defensively. No matter what individual feelings I have about the award and its merits, there is no denying that it is a nice feather in the cap for recipients.

Two of our own Toronto Blue Jays were named finalists for American League Gold Gloves, Kevin Pillar and R.A. Dickey.

Pillar continued to impress and amaze in center field after breaking out defensively during an outstanding 2015 season. In 2016, Pillar led all of baseball in Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR/150) at 26.3 and was 3rd 4th in the American League in Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) with 21. Kevin’s competition for the CF Gold Glove will come from Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier. Bradley’s UZR/150 was 5.1 and DRS was 11 in 2016, while Kiermaier scored a 24.2 UZR/150 with 25 DRS. Ordinarily, Kiermaier would be pretty tough to dethrone but he was limited to 105 games in 2016 which I think opens the door for Pillar to win his first Gold Glove.

R.A. Dickey continues to field his position well. The 2013 National American League Gold Glove winner for pitchers was named a finalist this year alongside Houston’s Dallas Keuchel and Detroit’s Justin Verlander. Dickey was 3rd in the American League among pitchers in DRS with 6. Keuchel and Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees each had 7, while Verlander followed Dickey with 5. The other statistic that is somewhat meaningful for pitchers is Stolen Base Runs Saved, or rSB. This measures a combination of the pitcher and the catcher to keep the opponent’s running game in check. In 2016, Dickey was one of nine pitchers that led the AL in rSB with 2. Keuchel also had a rSB of 2 while Verlander had 1. Keuchel has won the Gold Glove award in back-to-back seasons (2014 and 2015).

Congratulations to Kevin Pillar and R.A. Dickey in being named finalists for the award. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 8.

Possible Blue Jays snubs would include Troy Tulowitzki (3rd among AL short stops in DRS and 5th in UZR/150) and Josh Donaldson (5th in DRS and 4th in UZR/150 among AL third basemen).

Full list of Rawlings Gold Glove Finalists:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PITCHER

  • R.A. Dickey, Blue Jays
  • Dallas Keuchel, Astros
  • Justin Verlander, Tigers

CATCHER

  • James McCann, Tigers
  • Carlos Perez, Angels
  • Salvador Perez, Royals

FIRST BASE

SECOND BASE

THIRD BASE

  • Adrian Beltre, Rangers
  • Manny Machado, Orioles
  • Kyle Seager, Mariners

SHORTSTOP

  • Jose Iglesias, Tigers
  • Francisco Lindor, Indians
  • Andrelton Simmons, Angels

LEFT FIELD

  • Brett Gardner, Yankees
  • Alex Gordon, Royals
  • Colby Rasmus, Astros

CENTER FIELD

  • Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox
  • Kevin Pillar, Blue Jays
  • Kevin Kiermaier, Rays

RIGHT FIELD

  • Mookie Betts, Red Sox
  • Adam Eaton, White Sox
  • George Springer, Astros

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PITCHER

  • Jake Arrieta, Cubs
  • Zack Greinke, D-backs
  • Adam Wainwright, Cardinals

CATCHER

  • Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers (traded to Rangers on Aug. 1)
  • Yadier Molina, Cardinals
  • Buster Posey, Giants

FIRST BASE

  • Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
  • Wil Myers, Padres
  • Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

SECOND BASE

  • DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
  • Joe Panik, Giants
  • Jean Segura, D-backs

THIRD BASE

SHORTSTOP

  • Brandon Crawford, Giants
  • Freddy Galvis, Phillies
  • Addison Russell, Cubs

LEFT FIELD

CENTER FIELD

  • Billy Hamilton, Reds
  • Odubel Herrera, Phillies
  • Ender Inciarte, Braves

RIGHT FIELD

  • Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
  • Jason Heyward, Cubs
  • Nick Markakis, Braves