Rawlings announced the Gold Glove finalists today and Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper were both finalists, and the winners will be announced on November 4th.
For a complete list of 2015 #Rawlings #GoldGlove Finalists, check here: https://t.co/2nereMglPm pic.twitter.com/Qk7dv0uAvO
— Rawlings Sports (@RawlingsSports) October 29, 2015
The finalists for NL Catcher and NL Rightfielder are:
- Yadier Molina – St Louis
- Buster Posey – San Francisco
- Wilson Ramos – Washington
- Curtis Granderson – New York
- Bryce Harper – Washington
- Jason Heyward – St. Louis
Wilson Ramos ended the 2015 season #1 in NL Catcher defense. He beat out Yadier Molina who he admires greatly, and well ahead of Buster Posey. Here is the final 2015 ratings from FanGraphs: FANGRAPHS CATCHER’S RATINGS for 2O15 Ramos led the league in Caught Stealing % at just under 45% but also had the fewest steal attempts per inning of any catcher. We often use the word “deterrent” when referring to defenders great arms and Ramos deterred baserunners from thinking about stealing which allows your pitchers to concentrate more on the batters than the baserunners. Ramos finished the season with an ERA at 3.43 well below the team ERA of 3.62. If all that wasn’t enough, Ramos caught 2 no-hitters from Max Scherzer in 2015!
X-FACTOR: 3 of the past 8 @MLB no-hitters have featured @Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos behind the dish. pic.twitter.com/RaDtHY7kIU
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) October 4, 2015
Speaking of the deterrent factor which is a great intangible, look no further than Bryce Harper who has a howitzer for an arm and threw out 9 baserunners in 2015, and also kept dozens of baserunners from stretching singles into doubles and also runners thinking about testing his arm at the plate. Bryce’s final ranking in 2015 for UZR was 6th in the NL FANGRAPHS NL RF UZR RATINGS
40 home runs isn’t enough – @Bharper3407 had to show off the CANNON too: http://t.co/QnkiIvJMQ8 #Statcast pic.twitter.com/4zDvlEwaLT
— #Statcast (@statcast) September 19, 2015
Both Nats players go into the Gold Glove as underdogs, but just being considered as a finalist is an honor.
Congrats to #Nats RF @Bharper3407 &C @WRamosC3, @RawlingsSports #GoldGlove Award finalists! https://t.co/ydVAHuncaX pic.twitter.com/z2BfOcm71A
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 29, 2015
UPDATED: 10/29/15 9:45PM:
- Defensive Regression Analysis (DRA)
- Total Zone Rating (TZ)
- Defensive Runs Saved (DRS)
- Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR)
- Runs Effectively Defended (RED)
The ballots of the managers and coaches account for the other 75% of the Gold Glove vote, and when managers and coaches get their ballots, Rawlings and SABR give them a “statistical resource guide” that includes the SDI™.
Seems I need to clean my ish up. https://t.co/wt4V1GWV5H
— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) October 29, 2015
#orioles Adam Jones not named among GG finalists in CF. Won the last 3, and 4 overall. It's Kiermaier, Pillar and Trout
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) October 29, 2015
Again, the MLB awards system is far from perfect, but SDI™ is a step in the right direction.