Pink Sox proper fielder Alex Verdugo was named a finalist at his place for the American League Gold Glove Award on Wednesday.
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That is the primary time Verdugo has been nominated for this award in his profession, and he’s the one Pink Sox to obtain this honor this 12 months.
Verdugo was one of many few shiny spots in what was a disappointing Pink Sox protection this season. His 12 assists and 9 defensive runs saved tie Cleveland’s Ramon Laureano and Seattle’s Teoscar Hernández respectively for essentially the most amongst AL proper fielders, and he did so whereas taking part in his house video games within the notoriously difficult-to-defend proper subject at Fenway Park.
This 12 months was Verdugo’s first as a full-time proper fielder, and it was arguably his greatest defensive season up to now. He hasn’t made greater than 10 assists in a single season up till this 12 months, and he recorded his profession excessive in DRS this season.
Verdugo is competing towards Houston’s Kyle Tucker, who gained this award final season, and Texas’ Adolis García. Each Tucker and García had been acknowledged as All-Stars this season partially on account of their protection, however Verdugo’s stats this season counsel that he has a sensible shot at successful this award.
The winner will likely be introduced on Nov. 5 on ESPN at 7:30 p.m.
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