The 2019 Indians Gold Glove winners have been announced, although the winners’ names weren’t very surprising. Francisco Lindor earned his second Gold Glove at shortstop, while catcher Roberto Perez earned the honors for the very first time.
2019 Indians Gold Glove: Flashing Leather
Lindor, a four-time All-Star, is now given even more reason to smile (as if he needed it). In 1196.1 innings at shortstop, Frankie committed just 10 errors to the tune of a .979 fielding percentage. He turned 68 double plays, recorded 312 assists, 159 putouts, and logged an Rtot of six. He also recorded a defensive WAR of 1.7 according to ESPN. It was by no means the same kind of season that Lindor had in 2016, where he won his first Gold Glove and helped lead the Indians to a World Series appearance. His Rtot (Total Zone Runs) that year finished at a very impressive 24. Regardless, Lindor continues to crank out web gem after web gem, including a personal favorite from this past summer against the Kansas City Royals.
We mentioned Lindor’s defensive WAR, which finished top 15 across Major League Baseball for 2019. The league leader in that department? Roberto Perez.
Perez Proving Himself
Following the trade of Yan Gomes in the offseason, 2019 served as Roberto’s first chance to be the everyday catcher in Cleveland. Gomes is far from disappointed with how this season ended, but the same can be said of Perez. He’s the third Indians catcher in history to receive the award and the first since Sandy Alomar Jr. won it in 1990. Perez appeared in 119 games this year for Cleveland, about double his previous season-high. He held his own offensively despite high strikeout numbers, including a .279 batting average in the month of June.
Of course, we’re here to discuss the fielding and defensive efforts of Perez though. Roberto played 993.2 innings, over double the amount from 2018. Perez recorded just three errors this season as opposed to five in 2018. His fielding percentage finished at .997, second-highest among AL catchers. In addition to defensive WAR, Perez led the AL in three other departments. His Rtot (15), Putouts (1,082), double plays turned as a catcher (12) and caught stealing percentage (42%) were all league-leading. He also did not allow a passed ball in 118 games.
The Indians have always believed in Perez as a legitimate catcher; however, it seems it just took knowing he was the everyday catcher to develop the proper confidence.
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