Dallas Keuchel received mainstream recognition yesterday for his fielding from the mound with his first Rawling's Gold Glove Award. This was the eight Gold Glove in the Astros organization and the first pitcher to receive the award.
There were two other finalists for the American League Gold Glove which included Mark Buehrle and Felix Hernandez. This is also Keuchel's second award for his fielding this season. Just last week he was awarded the Fielding Bible Award for pitchers. The Fielding Bible Award is a more sabermetric friendly award as it is decided among baseball experts that includes the likes of Bill James and Doug Glanville.
Keuchel was one of the only 12 qualifying pitchers to make one error or less this season. He was one of four pitchers to reach mark while pitching at least 200 innings, joining the Indians RHP Corey Kluber, Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle, and Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez. Keuchel lead the league in total chances (66) and assists (47), while he ranked fourth among AL pitchers in putouts (18). Keuchel led all Major League pitchers with 10 defensive runs saved (per Baseball Info Solutions), and allowed only one stolen base all last season.
The Gold Glove is decided by the ML managers and coaches within the same league. This is significant recognition for Keuchel as stat heads and coaches agreed that Keuchel stood out defensively.
Tack another mark on the board for the awesome-ness that is Dallas Keuchel.