The MLB Gold Glove Award finalists were named over the weekend while the actual winners will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 29. There are several players worthy of the award at their given position. One player in particular that better receive his first career Gold Glove is Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez.
One reason why Gomez has a huge advantage is because a defensive analytic will be a factor for the first time in history. In fact, sabermetrics will make up for 25 percent of the vote. Considering Gomez had a whopping 4.6 defensive wins above replacement, which was good for second in the big leagues, there is a good chance he is going to dominate that part of the voting. To put his incredible statistic into perspective, McCutchen had 1.0 defensive WAR and Span posted a dismal 0.2 defensive WAR.
Another statistic of sabermetrics that will help Gomez’s cause is Ultimate Zone Rating. Gomez ranked first in all of baseball with a fantastic 24.4 UZR. The number indicates that Gomez successfully converted balls that came into his zone into outs.
Gomez’s unbelievable speed and athleticism are huge reasons why he is able to do some of the things he can in the outfield. For instance, he robbed five home runs in 2013, by far the most of any outfielder. His speed also allowed him to have a stellar 2.92 range factor.
“That’s pretty good,” Gomez said, according to Brewers.com. “It’s not only five home runs, too, it’s the situation that I save that run. That means a lot to us, and the pitcher has more confidence in us because they know they have the best over there.”
The fact is there were not many better defensive players than Gomez was the past season, let alone outfielders.