Despite missing close to two months of the season, Kevin Kiermaier has been nominated for his second consecutive Gold Glove award.
Kiermaier won the award last year, and to take things further, he also won the Platinum glove which is given to the best defender at any position in the league. Kiermaier had an historically incredible year in 2015 and was definitely deserving of the accolade.
His competition for the award will be two division foes as last year’s runner up, Kevin Pillar was nominated, and also Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Boston Red Sox was selected as a candidate.
Despite missing the aforementioned two months, Kiermaier still finished second in the majors in Defensive Runs Saved with 25, behind only Mookie Betts who totaled just seven more in over 500 more innings on the field.
Kiermaier was the only member of the Rays team to be selected, as he looks to join Evan Longoria as the only player in franchise history to win at least two gold gloves. The Gold Glove winners will be announced on November 9th on ESPN.
Will Kevin Kiermaier win? Were there any snubs on the Rays roster? If KK wins, will be in line for a higher raise in arbitration?