Houston Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel has been the benchmark for fielding his position for the past two season in the American League. Nothing changed in 2016.
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. announced on Tuesday that Keuchel as the winner of the American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award. It marks three third consecutive season that Keuchel has been named the top defensive pitcher in the AL.
The Gold Glove winners are determined by combining votes from Major League managers and coaches with a sabermetric component.
Astros press release notes:
Keuchel did not commit an error in 32 total chances this season, while recording 27 assists. Dating back to 2013, Keuchel owns a .990 fielding percentage and has committed just two errors in 201 total chances, while recording a Major League-leading 151 assists and 48 putouts in 120 games. Keuchel is the only pitcher in franchise history to win a Gold Glove Award and is the first Astro at any position to win three straight Gold Glove Awards since Craig Biggio won four straight as a second baseman from 1994-97. Prior to Keuchel, the last AL pitcher to win three straight Gold Gloves was Mark Buehrle for the White Sox from 2009-11.
Astros left fielder Colby Rasmus and right fielder George Springer were also finalists for Gold Glove Awards, which were awarded to left fielder Brett Gardner and right fielder Mookie Betts.