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Jose Altuve Wins His First AL Gold Glove

The Astros second baseman adds to his list of accomplishments

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve won the 2015 AL Rawlings Gold Glove, adding to his list of accomplishments in his young career. The 2014 AL batting champion was recognized for the other part of his game tonight.  Altuve's defensive numbers were the best they have been since he became a full time starter at the position in the 2012 season.  He ended up with a fielding percentage of .993 after only making five errors in 669 chances. His UZR this season was 3.2 which was a huge improvement over his 2014 season when it was -12.4.

Altuve beat out Ian Kinsler of the Tigers and Brian Dozier of the Twins to win his first Gold Glove.  Kinsler ended the season with a .982 fielding percentage and 13 errors, but with a DRS of 19. Dozier's fielding percentage was closer to Altuve's at .990, but his DRS was -5 (compared with Altuve's DRS of 3). I couldn't find a list of vote totals, but I have to imagine this was a close one at this position.

Altuve's award marks the second year in a row that an Astros player has taken home a Gold Glove award, as pitcher Dallas Keuchel won last year, and is a finalist again this season.  Altuve is also the first Astros second baseman to win the award since Craig Biggio won the last of his four in a row in 1997. Altuve was also the ninth player in Astros history to win the award. It is great as a fan to see Jose not only get accolades for his ability at the plate, but now with the glove also. Congrats Gigante!