Over the last several years, one could assume much in regards to the Houston Astros, but typically winning wasn’t one of those assumptions. However, the Houston Astros do come away from the 2014 season with at least one win, as staff ace Dallas Keuchel was named the winner of the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award for American League pitchers.
The Rawlings Gold Gloves are presented yearly to the best fielders at each position with winners representing both the American League and the National League. The awards are awarded based on two components. Firstly, vote by managers and coaches around the league are tabulated, with the only caveat being that said managers and coaches are not able to vote for their own players. There is also a 25% weight placed on the results based on sabermetric results. Still, there are some cases where some players get snubbed despite deserving the honor. That wasn’t the case with Dallas Keuchel.
Call to the Pen
Named as a finalist last week and competing againstMark Buehrle
of the Toronto Blue Jays andFelix Hernandez
of the Seattle Mariners, Keuchel was the clear winner. The 26-year-old led all pitchers with 10 Defensive Runs Saved, Plus/Minus Runs Saved Above Average, Assists, and allowed just a single stolen base on the season.
Strong defensive play was key to a pitcher that paced all Major League pitchers with a 63.5% groundball rate, helping Keuchel to break-out in 2014. Overall, Keuchel posted a 12-9 record with a 2.91 ERA, a 3.21 FIP, a 3.11 SIERA, and a 3:1 K/BB ratio. The Gold Glove is an award that Keuchel is very proud of and thankful for.
Additionally, per Evan Drellich, Dallas Keuchel pays homage to Greg Maddux as his influence to be a strong defender.
Also receiving Gold Glove awards in 2014:
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