Rawlings announced the finalists (top three) for each position for the Gold Glove Award and two Indians, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley, made the cut.
It’s a nice honor for both, but unfortunately they simply play the wrong position at the wrong time to expect to take home the hardware.
Gomes will undoubtedly lose to Royals catcher Salvador Perez, the 2013 winner who has both the stats and the benefit of public perception on his side.
Having thrown out 32 percent of all base runners (slightly higher than Perez’s 30 percent), a case could certainly be made for Gomes, and his inclusion in the top three was definitely warranted.
As for Brantley in left field, all he has to contend with is arguably the best defensive corner outfielder of the past decade, Alex Gordon.
Brantley’s inclusion sort of feels undeserved, especially considering the time he spent playing below-average defense in center field this season. But he probably got the benefit of the old school voters who lean towards perception rather than reality and advanced fielding stats.
The numbers support Dustin Ackley, who was not nominated, as a far superior defensive outfielder. But with better offensive stats and the benefit of not playing on the West Coast, Brantley got the nod.