Jacob Stallings and Adam Frazier are Gold Glove Finalists

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings and second baseman Adam Frazier have been named finalists for the National League Rawlings Gold Glove awards. The winners will be named on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd on ESPN at 7 PM.

The other finalists for catcher are Tucker Barnhart of the Cincinnati Reds and Willson Contreras of the Chicago Cubs. Barnhart won the award in 2017.

Contreras caught 41 games this season, playing a total of 324.1 innings. He led the NL with the most runners thrown out, while ranking fourth in caught stealing percentage. Using Baseball-Reference, he had 0.2 dWAR.

Barnhart caught 36 games, playing a total of 272.1 innings without an error. He threw out 36.4% of runners, which ranked him third in the NL. He led all NL catchers in range factor. BR gave him 0.9 dWAR.

Stallings caught 42 games, playing a total of 345.1 innings. He committed four errors, which was second most for NL catchers. He had the fifth best caught stealing percentage and third best range factor. BR gave him 0.8 dWAR

For second base, the other two finalists are Nico Hoerner of the Chicago Cubs and Kolten Wang of the St Louis Cardinals.. Wong won the Gold Glove last year, while Frazier was a finalist.

Wong played 53 games at second base this year and committed just two errors. He led NL second basemen in games, assists and double plays. He was fourth in put outs, third in range factor, third in fielding percentage and second in total zone runs. BR has him at 0.8 dWAR.

Hoerner was a rookie this season, who also played four other positions, so he didn’t have a lot of time in at second base compared to Wong. He played 37 games there, though just 22 were as a starter and only 15 of those games were complete games. He committed two errors in 87 chances and didn’t have enough playing time to rank among statistical leaders. Hoerner had 0.8 dWAR, but 1/3 of his playing time was spent elsewhere and that factors into the overall number.

Frazier played 58 of the Pirates 60 games this year, though he also made 13 starts in left field. He committed just one error at second base, which gave him the second best fielding percentage in the league. Frazier ranked fourth in range factor, third in total zone runs, third in putouts, second in assists and second in double plays. BR gave him 0.7 dWAR, which also includes his left field time.

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