Beltre only Rangers player among AL Gold Glove finalists

Third baseman has opportunity to add fifth trophy to collection

Beltre only Rangers player among AL Gold Glove finalists

ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre of the Rangers is one of three finalists announced Thursday for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence among American League third basemen.

The other two finalists are Kyle Seager of the Mariners and Josh Donaldson of the Athletics. The winner will be announced on Nov. 4.

Gold Glove Award nominations are based 75 percent on voting by AL coaches and managers and 25 percent on defensive metrics.

Beltre won the Gold Glove Award in 2007-08 while with the Mariners, and '11-12 with the Rangers. He is tied for the 10th-most Gold Gloves won by a third baseman. Brooks Robinson is the leader with 16.

Beltre was the only Rangers player in the final three at his position. Leonys Martin missed out in center field even though he has the second-highest ultimate zone rating at his position in the AL, according to Fangraphs. The AL finalists for center field are Jackie Bradley of the Red Sox, Adam Jones of the Orioles and Adam Eaton of the White Sox.

Elvis Andrus was also not listed among the three finalists at shortstop. The finalists from the AL are Alcides Escobar of the Royals, J.J. Hardy of the Orioles and Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.