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Rougned Odor named Gold Glove finalist

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Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has been named one of three finalists for the A.L. Gold Glove award for 2B

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Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor is one of three finalists for the American League Gold Glove Award at second base. The other two finalists are Jed Lowrie of the Oakland A’s and Ian Kinsler of the Anaheim Angels and Boston Red Sox.

Odor had impressive numbers based on the advanced stats, setting career highs in DRS (+11) and UZR (+6.9), as well as in Revised Zone Rating. Odor’s +11 DRS was second best in the majors among second basemen, behind Colorado’s D.J. LeMahieu, who was at +18 (Ian Kinsler was at +10, Jed Lowrie at +1). His UZR was third best among second basemen, trailing LeMahieu and Kinsler.

The interesting thing about Odor and Kinsler both being finalists is that both had the reputation for being sub-par defenders when they first came up. Kinsler, you may recall, was viewed as error-prone and inconsistent, and there was talk that he should be moved to left field early in his career. Those same complaints have been made in the past about Odor. However, he’s worked hard to improve and dedicated himself to his craft, spending hours with Tony Beasley, and it has paid off with a significant improvement, which the Gold Glove voters have recognized.

The winners will be named on November 6.