Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun has been named the winner of a 2015 American League Gold Glove Award. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company on ESPN. This marks the first such honor for Calhoun, who was an A.L. finalist with J.D. Martinez (DET) and Josh Reddick (OAK) for the annual award.
Calhoun, 28, becomes the first Angels player to win a Gold Glove since shortstop Erick Aybar in 2011 and the first outfielder since Torii Hunter won consecutive awards in 2008-09. Calhoun joins Ken Berry (1972), Rick Miller (1978), Gary Pettis (1985-86), Devon White (1988-89), Jim Edmonds (1997-98), Darin Erstad (2000, '02) and Hunter as Angels outfielders to win the award.
The Buckeye, AZ native posted a .989 fielding percentage to rank second among A.L. right fielders and his 11 assists ranked third. Calhoun committed just four errors in a league leading 357 total chances. Additionally, he led American League right fielders in defensive runs saved (6) and ultimate zone rating (13.8).
Angels All-Star center fielder Mike Trout was also a finalist for a Gold Glove award but was defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier.
This year, Gold Glove Award results were calculated based on a combination of votes from American League managers and coaches and the SABR Defensive Index (SDI). The SDI combines measures from five different defensive data sources and is a measure of the number of runs saved by a player's defensive performance over the course of a season.