CLEVELAND, Ohio — The season didn’t end the way the Indians wanted it to, but that doesn’t mean they still can’t strike gold.
Third baseman Jose Ramirez, shortstop Francisco Lindor, catcher Yan Gomes and right-hander Corey Kluber were named finalists for the Rawlings’ American League Gold Glove awards on Thursday. The Gold Glove represents the top defensive players at their respective positions.
The winners will be named on Nov. 4. Managers and coaches, restricted to voting for players only in their league, comprise 75 percent of the vote. Sabermetrics account for the other 25 percent.
Ramirez, Houston’s Alex Bregman and Oakland’s Matt Chapman are the finalists at third base.
Lindor, Oakland’s Marcus Semien and Andrelton Simmons of the Angels are the finalists at shortstop.
Gomes, Houston’s Martin Maldonado and Kansas City’s Salvador Perez are the finalists at catcher.
Kluber, Houston’s Dallas Keuchel and New York’s Masahiro Tanaka are the finalists at pitcher.
Ramirez was a finalist last year, but Evan Longoria won the award. Ramirez, as he did in 2017, started this year at third base, but moved to second when the Indians acquired Josh Donaldson.
The switch-hitting Ramirez made 137 starts at third and 16 at second. He ranked fourth among AL third baseman with three defensive runs saved, according to Fangraphs.com. He made 14 errors (11 at third), two more than he did in 2017. He posted a .965 fielding percentage at third.
Lindor won the Gold Glove in 2016. He was also the Platinum Gold Glove winner as the top defender in the AL that year. He was a Gold Glove finalist in 2017, but Simmons won it.
The switch-hitting Lindor played 157 games at short, covering 1,386 1/3 innings. He posted a .976 fielding percentage (586 total chances and 14 errors). Fangraphs.com graded him out at 14 defensive runs saved, which ranked third among MLB shortstops. Lindor made just one error over his last 58 games.
Gomes has never won a Gold Glove, but this is the second straight year he’s been a finalist. He threw out 27 percent (18-for-67) of the runners who tried to steal on him. Tribe pitchers posted a 3.83 ERA with him behind the plate.
Maldonado, playing for the Angels at the time, won the Gold Glove last year.
This is the first time Kluber has been a Gold Glove finalist. He did not make an error in 33 starts, recording 19 putouts and 13 assists in 32 total chances.
Toronto’s Marcus Stroman won the Gold Glove last year for AL pitchers.
As a team the Indians ranked fifth in fielding percentage at .986. They made 83 errors. Houston was first with a .989 fielding percentage and 63 errors.