Rawlings just announced the three finalists for 2015 Gold Glove awards at each position. Brandon Phillips, Billy Hamilton and Todd Frazier are the Reds representatives this year.Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â selection criteriaÃ‚Â include votes by managers, players and a variety of advanced defensive statistics.
NL 3B: Frazier, Nolan Arenado (COL) and Matt Duffy (SFG). Frazier has never won the award. Arenado has won the previous two seasons. Duffy and Arenado each have the edge in various defensive metrics. This category should be a battle between those two.
NL 2B: Phillips, Dee Gordon (MIA) and DJ LeMahieu (COL). Phillips has won four Gold Gloves (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013). LeMahieu is the defending NL award winner at 2B. Interesting category. Gordon has a large lead in defensive metrics this year. LeMehieu is the incumbent and Phillips a multiple winner.
NL CF: Hamilton, Andrew McCutchen (PIT) and A.J. Pollock (ARZ). McCutchen won in 2012. Hamilton and Pollock each have strong 2015 defensive metrics. Hamilton leads in some and Pollock in others. It’s ridiculous that McCutchen is a finalist. A better choice would have been the Phillies’ Odubel Herrera. Hamilton may be hurt by having played more than 300 fewer innings than Pollock.