Yolmer Sanchez doesn’t hit for average, doesn’t really get on base and definitely doesn’t hit for power, but he sure can field his position. On Thursday, Rawlings announced this year’s gold glove finalists and the White Sox second baseman is in the running to win his first defensive award.
Sanchez is a finalist along with Jose Altuve and DJ LeMahieu.
Despite not being as well known as Altuve and LeMahieu, Sanchez should be the front-runner to win the gold glove at second. Sanchez finished the season ranked second in defensive runs, defensive runs saved, UZR and first in UZR/150 among all second baseman. He was first in those four major defensive categories in the AL.
White Sox ace Lucas Giolito was also named a gold glove finalist.
Giolito’s breakout season isn’t going unnoticed. In addition to being a gold glove finalist, Giolito has been nominated as a comeback player of the year award and outstanding AL pitcher of the year candidate.