Other Missed Contenders
George Springer did not make an error in 41 center field starts this year, compiling six defensive runs saved. However, Byron Buxton had eight defensive runs saved with no errors. Luis Robert also had eight defensive runs saved but with one error, while Ramon Laureano was error-free with five defensive runs saved. You could argue Springer should’ve been a finalist, but Buxton is probably the winner.
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While Alex Bregman has a reputation in Houston as a great defender, the numbers suggested he was merely average in 2020, as he had a .979 fielding percentage and zero defensive runs saved. Finalists Gio Urshela and Isiah Kiner-Falefa were clearly better. However, Yoan Moncada had a .964 fielding percentage and minus-1 defensive runs saved, so you could argue Bregman should’ve been a finalist over him. But Bregman wouldn’t have won.
Josh Reddick was a Gold Glove finalist last year with 11 defensive runs saved, and he won the award in 2012. But this year was a different story as he cratered to a minus-3 defensive runs saved. Jose Altuve also totaled minus-3 defensive runs saved, so he wouldn’t have been in the mix either. Interestingly, Michael Brantley had five defensive runs saved and made no errors in left field, but he only played 19 games in the outfield which is probably what hurt him.
In the end, I think Correa will end up winning at shortstop, and I think Tucker has a legitimate shot to win in left field, but Gurriel will probably fall short again. The award winners will be announced on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.