For the second consecutive season, the Chicago White Sox have a Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, this time it is rookie center fielder, Luis Robert.
Robert, 23, posted a whopping 8 Defensive Runs Saved in 483 innings in center field for the White Sox during the 2020 season, ranking second among qualified players at that position. Only Kevin Kiermaier of the Tampa Bay Rays (10) bested Robert in that category while playing roughly 130 fewer innings in center field.
Here’s how Robert ranked among center-fielders with at least 400 innings in some of the more prominent defensive metrics:
- UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating): 2.6 (2nd)
- UZR/150 (Ultimate Zone Rating/150): 2.6 (2nd)
- DEF (Defensive Runs Above Average): 3.4 (1st)
- RZR (Revised Zone Rating): .969 (1st)
- RngR (Rnage Runs): 5.8 (1st)
Note: All advanced statistics courtesy of FanGraphs. Click the statistic to learn more about the definition/formula behind the rating.
According to a press release by the White Sox, Robert is the first rookie in White Sox history to win the award and the fifth outfielder (ninth time), joining Ken Berry (1970), Tommie Agee (1966), Jim Landis (1961-64) and Minnie Miñoso (1957, ’60).
“I have always dreamed of winning a Gold Glove, so this is a dream come true. I joked around this season with Yolmer Sánchez about the possibility of winning it one day and being a Gold Glover like him,” said Robert. “I felt happy with my defense, but I know I can do more and be better. I have to thank Daryl Boston because he helped me adjust to the big leagues and taught me to take better advantage of my defensive skills. This award is a motivation for me.”
Luis Robert is also nominated for the BBWAA American League Rookie of the Year Award which will be announced next week on MLB Network.
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