Anyone paying consideration understood that Clint Frazier’s protection took a step ahead in 2020. However by defensive metrics, Frazier improved vastly — a lot so that he’s amongst three candidates for an AL Rawlings Gold Glove in proper discipline.
Managers and coaches didn’t see gamers outdoors of their areas within the 60-game season this 12 months, so the Gold Glove might be determined by defensive metrics.
Frazier performed in 28 video games in proper (27 begins) and dedicated one error in 51 probabilities. The place Frazier confirmed marked enchancment was the way in which he approached fly balls and floor balls. In 2019, he was usually uncertain on his ft going again on fly balls and coming as much as throw on floor balls. These traits weren’t evident this previous season, however Aaron Choose and Mike Tauchman nonetheless are higher proper fielders than Frazier.
Frazier joins the Rangers’ Joey Gallo and the Orioles’ Anthony Santander on the right-field record.
Gio Urshela is the Yankees’ solely different Gold Glove candidate. The slick-fielding third baseman is joined by the Rangers’ Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Yoan Moncada of the White Sox.
Surprisingly, DJ LeMahieu, who received three Gold Gloves at second base with the Rockies, isn’t among the many 4 second basemen listed for this 12 months’s award. Cesar Hernandez (Indians), Danny Mendick (White Sox), Jonathan Schoop (Tigers) and Nicky Lopez (Royals) are on the record.