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Astros' Dallas Keuchel wins back-to-back gold gloves

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Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. announced tonight that Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel have won American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. This is the second year in a row that Keuchel has won the American League Gold Glove for pitchers.

The Rawlings Gold Glove Award was created in 1957, and since then the award has served as the highest symbol of defensive excellence in Major League Baseball. The winners are determined by combining votes from Major League managers and coaches with a sabermetric component.

Keuchel led the American League in fielding opportunities (72), assists (53), and range factor (2.75). He made just one error all season for a .986 fielding percentage, giving him two errors in 138 total chances over the last two seasons combined. Keuchel was one of only five AL pitchers to make one error or less while pitching 200 or more innings, joining R.A. Dickey, Sonny Gray, Corey Kluber and teammate Collin McHugh.

Astros catcher Jason Castro was also a finalist for an AL Gold Glove, which was awarded to Royals catcher Salvador Perez.

Per Astros press release.