But for the second straight season, standout center fielder Lorenzo Cain was somehow left out. Last year, he was not a finalist because he didn't play enough innings in center to qualify. He qualified this year, but once again there will be no Gold for Cain.
Royals manager Ned Yost added: "I don't know how he can't be. What's the finalists, top three, something like that? Yeah, that's hard for me to believe he's not in the top three."
The center fielders nominated as finalists are Kevin Kiermaier (Rays), Kevin Pillar (Blue Jays) and Mike Trout (Angels). Kiermaier, who had an AL-best 42 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) according to Fangraphs, is likely the favorite. Pillar was third with 14 DRS, while Trout was sixth with five. Cain was second, with 18.
By another measure -- Ultimate Zone Rating -- Kiermaier was again the AL leader at 40.7, while Cain was second at 14.3 and Pillar third at 14.0. Trout posted a 0.3 UZR.
So the metrics indicate that Kiermaier should be the runaway winner, but they also say Cain should have been a finalist.
"If they don't pick me, they don't pick me," Cain said. "Hopefully we can win a World Series ring and that would trump the Gold Glove anyway."
Gordon already has four Gold Gloves, while Hosmer and Perez each have two. Escobar was a finalist last year.
The winners will be announced Nov. 10.
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.