Winners of the Golden Gloves 2022

Winners of the Golden Gloves 2022

In a year that will be remembered for falling records and overcoming milestones, those themes continued with the 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. The winners were announced before Game 3 of the World Series between the Astros and Phillies on Tuesday on ESPN2’s “Baseball Tonight,” from 14 first-time winners of the award for best defensive player at each position (the old mark was 11, recorded in both 2020 and 1958, the year the award was established).

Even with two additional awards this year — thanks to the emergence of a new Utility Player category — the new record surpasses the previous mark by three. In addition, there were nine first-time AL hitters, a record for most in a single year in a single league (the previous mark was seven, in 1990 and 2020, both in the AL). This year’s three rookie winners also set a new record, surpassing the previous mark of two from 2020.

Without further ado, here are the 2022 Golden Gloves winners:

Catcher: JT Realmuto, Phillies
Before impressing with his skill behind the plate and, more prominently, at the plate during this postseason, Realmuto put together another stellar defensive campaign for Philadelphia. The 31-year-old led all qualified MLB catchers with a 44 percent caught stealing rate, the second time he led the majors in that department (also in 2019, 47 percent). He also led all NL catchers with 11 DRS. This year’s honor is Realmut’s second career Gold Glove (also in 2019), and he is the only Phillies player to receive the award since shortstop Jimmy Rollins in 2012.

First base: Christian Walker, D-backs
Walker has quietly put together a tremendous season in 2022, both in the game and on the defensive end. He launched a career-high 36 homers and posted an .804 OPS for Arizona this year, but he also excelled at first base, easily leading all first basemen in MLB with 17 DRS and 14 strikeouts above average. This is Walker’s first Gold Glove, and he is the second D-backs player to earn the honor, joining Paul Goldschmidt (2013, ’15 and ’17).

Second base: Brendan Rodgers, Rockies
Rodgers is one of the bigger surprises among the Gold Glove winners — not only did he easily lead all second basemen in DRS with 22, but he was second among all players in that category, behind only Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes ( 24). Rodgers did this despite some struggles on the field, especially during the first half of the season.

Shortstop: Dansby Swanson, Braves
In addition to being named to his first All-Star team in 2022, Swanson won his first career Gold Glove and the third Gold Glove for a shortstop in Braves history (Andrelton Simmons won the honor in both 2013 and ’14) . Swanson led all NL players with 21 strikeouts, an increase of 19 over his 2021 total.

Third base: Nolan Arenado, Cardinals
Arenado won his 10th Gold Glove in 10 Major League seasons, tying Ichiro for most consecutive Gold Gloves to start an MLB career. Arenado also tied Phillies legend and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt for the second-most Gold Glove awards by a third baseman in Major League history, behind only Brooks Robinson (16). Arenado led all third basemen with a zone 13 final rating and was second behind Hayes with 15 outs above average.

Left field: Ian Happ, Cubs
Another first-time winner, Happ is the fourth outfielder in Cubs history to win a Gold Glove, joining Jason Heyward (2016-17), Andre Dawson (1987-88) and Bob Dernier (1984). Happ’s 8.3 UZR was the most among any MLB left fielder.

Center field: Trent Grisham, Padres
Grisham helped the Padres’ run to the NLCS last month with a surprising surge in power, but before that he recorded 17 strikeouts above average in the regular season, which was tied with D-backs Daulton Varsh for the MLB lead. It’s Grisham’s second career Gold Glove — he also won it in center field in 2020 — and the 26-year-old remains the only Padres player to win the Gold Glove since Chase Headley at third base in 2012.

Right field: Mookie Betts, Dodgers
Betts led all MLB right fielders with 15 DRS, which measures a player’s range and ability to turn the ball into an out. His latest Gold Glove is the sixth of his career, after winning the honor five straight years from 2016-20. He is the fourth outfielder in Dodgers history to win multiple Gold Gloves, joining Willie Davis (three), Raul Mondesi (two) and Matt Kemp (two).

Pitcher: Max Fried, Braves
For the third straight year, the NL Pitching Gold Glove goes to Fried, who is one of only three pitchers in Braves history to win multiple Gold Gloves — Hall of Famers Greg Maddux (10) and Phil Niekro (five) are the others. In 185 1/3 innings during the regular season, Fried had 42 saves and only one error.

Utility player: Brendan Donovan, Cardinals
Get out your trivia book — Donovan is the first NL player to win a Gold Glove award, doing so in his rookie season. The 25-year-old served as the Swiss army knife of St. Louis, appearing in every position on the diamond except center field, pitcher and catcher. He was especially good at third base whenever he replaced 10-time Gold Glover Arenado, collecting 8 DRS in just 189 innings at the position.

Catcher: Jose Trevino, Yankees
Trevino is the third player in Yankees history to win a Gold Glove at the catcher position, joining Thurman Munson (1973-75) and Elston Howard (1963-64). Trevino led all Major League catchers with 21 RBIs, which was also tied for third Defensive runs saved in baseball, regardless of position.

First base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
Guerrero is another first-time Gold Glove winner. He had 3 DRS at first base for Toronto (career best) and also became the first player in franchise history to win the award at first base. It marks the second year in a row that a Blue Jays position player has won the Gold Glove Award (Marcus Semien won second base last year) after a 15-year drought.

Second base: Andrés Giménez, Guardians
Giménez enjoyed a breakout season in 2022, posting an .837 OPS with 17 home runs and 20 stolen bases, but he also shined defensively to earn his first Gold Glove. The 24-year-old led all AL second basemen with 16 DRS and also had 12 Outs Above Average, according to Statcast. He is the third Cleveland player to win a Gold Glove at second base, joining César Hernández (2020) and Roberto Alomar (1999-2001).

Shortstop: Jeremy Pena, Astros
If it wasn’t enough that Peña introduced himself to the wider baseball world with huge homer in the 18th inning in Game 3 of the AL Division Series against the Mariners — followed up with AL Championship Series MVP honors against the Yankees — the 25-year-old rookie has now added a Gold Glove award to his resume. Peña finished the regular season tied with Miguel Rojas of the Marlins for the most DRS among MLB shortstops, with 15. Peña is the first Astros rookie to win a Gold Glove, and the third player in franchise history to win one at shortstop. He joins the man he replaced, Carlos Correa (2021) and Roger Metzger (1973). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Peña is also the first rookie to win a Gold Glove.

Third baseman: Ramon Urias, Orioles
The Orioles surprised the baseball world with their 83-win season, and Urías was an important part of Baltimore’s success. He is another first-time Gold Glove winner, and he is the first Orioles to win the Gold Glove since Manny Machado also won at third base in 2015. Urías, who joined Machado and Brooks Robinson as the only Orioles third baseman to win the award, led all AL third basemen with 14 DRS in ’22. He was also tied with Josh Donaldson of the Yankees for the most strikeouts above average at a hot corner in the AL, with 7.

Left field: Steven Kwan, Guardians
Another surprise team this year, the AL Central-champion Guardians, had a rookie left fielder who was key to their unexpected surge, both offensively and defensively. With Myles Straw also winning the Gold Glove, this is the first time two Cleveland outfielders have won the award in the same year. Defensively, Kwan led all MLB left fielders with 21 DRS and 10 strikeouts above average. According to Elias, he is the first Cleveland rookie to win a Gold Glove. Kwan is also the fifth rookie outfielder to win the honor, joining Tommie Agee (1966), Fred Lynn (1975), Ichiro Suzuki (2001) and Luis Roberto (2020).

Center field: Myles Straw, Guardians
The 28-year-old Straw led all MLB center fielders with a final zone rating of 8.0. He also led AL center fielders with 13 strikeouts above average. Before Kwan and Straw this year, the last Cleveland outfielder to win a Gold Glove was Grady Sizemore in 2008.

Right field: Kyle Tucker, Astros
Known primarily for his bat — and understandably so, given his .860 OPS and 60 homers over the past two seasons — Tucker has shown he’s also a fantastic right fielder. He led AL right fielders with 13 DRS, and with his first career Gold Glove, he joined Michael Bourne (2009-10) and Cesar Ceden (1972-76) as the only Astros outfielders to win the honor.

Pitcher: Shane Bieber, Guardians
Bieber is the first pitcher in Cleveland history to win a Gold Glove, pairing great defense off the mound with his typical excellence on it. Now he’s added the honor to a resume that already included the 2019 All-Star Game MVP and the ’20 AL Cy Young Award. With the quartet of Bieber, Giménez, Kwan and Straw, Cleveland set a franchise record with four Gold Glove winners in the same year, breaking the previous mark of three set in 2000 (second baseman Alomar, Omar Vizquel and third baseman Travis Fryman).

Utility Player: DJ LeMahieu, Yankees
Bring back these trivia books: LeMahieu is the winner of the AL’s first Gold Glove. He was limited to 125 games due to injury, but still saw significant time at three infield positions, playing 35 games at first base, 41 at second and 47 at third. He had 2 outs above average each at first and second and 4 at third, which ranked 11th among all MLB third basemen, despite his limited appearances there. LeMahieu is no stranger to Gold Glove awards; this is his fourth, but first since 2018, with the Rockies. He is also the first Yankees player to win a Gold Glove since left fielder Brett Gardner in 2016.

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