HOUSTON, TX - Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. announced today that Houston Astros left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel, left fielder Colby Rasmus and right fielder George Springer have been named finalists for American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.
The Rawlings Gold Glove Award was created in 1957, and since then the award has served as the highest symbol of defensive excellence in Major League Baseball. The winners, which will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 8, are determined by combining votes from Major League managers and coaches with a sabermetric component.
Keuchel, who has won each of the last two AL Gold Glove Awards (2014-15), did not commit an error in 32 total chances this season, while recording 27 assists. Dating back to 2013, Keuchel owns a .990 fielding percentage and has committed just two errors in 201 total chances, while recording a Major League-leading 151 assists and 48 putouts in 120 games. Keuchel is the only pitcher in franchise history to win a Gold Glove Award and is looking to become the first Astro at any position to win three straight Gold Glove Awards since Craig Biggio won four straight as a second baseman from 1994-97. The last AL pitcher to win three straight Gold Gloves was Mark Buehrle for the White Sox from 2009-11.
Rasmus, like Keuchel, did not commit an error this season, posting a perfect fielding percentage in 186 total chances in the outfield. He recorded 13 outfield assists, which ranked tied for third in the AL, including 11 as the club's left fielder, which ranked second among AL left fielders. According to Fangraphs, Rasmus led all AL left fielders in Defensive Runs Saved with 14 and in UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) with 11.3. Among all AL outfielders, he ranked tied for fourth in Defensive Runs Saved (20) and fifth in UZR (14.9).
Springer appeared in all 162 Astros games this season, including 148 starts in the outfield, posting a .994 fielding percentage, committing just two errors in 322 total chances. Among AL right fielders, Springer ranked third in games (147), third in innings played (1308) and third in putouts (304). His 12 outfield assists also ranked third among AL right fielders and tied for fifth among all outfielders.
Only two outfielders have won a Gold Glove Award in Astros history, Michael Bourn (2009-10) and Cesar Cedeno (1972-76), who were both center fielders.
For the 2015 season, the Astros had two Gold Glove winners in Keuchel and second baseman Jose Altuve.