Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier thought he was snubbed for the Gold Glove

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - AUGUST 24: Kevin Kiermaier of the Tampa Bay Rays dives for a catch in the during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 24, 2020 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - AUGUST 24: Kevin Kiermaier of the Tampa Bay Rays dives for a catch in the during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 24, 2020 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Ramon Laureano makes a tough sliding catch on a blooper.
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Ramon Laureano, the Oakland stand out center fielder is also seeking his first career Gold Glove

Ramon Laureano just finished his third season in the major leagues and has made several highlight-reel plays over the past few seasons. Like Robert, he is competing for his first Gold Glove against Buxton who has won a Platinum Glove already.

Laureano also has a great throwing arm like Kiermaier, but I do not consider him as athletic as Kiermiar or Buxton. In 2020, he played almost every game like Robert and did not record an error this season.

  • Defensive runs saved above average
    • Kiermaier 10
    • Laureano 5
  • Plus/minus fielding runs above average
    • Kiermaier 2
    • Laureano 1
  • Outfield arm runs above average
    • Kiermaier 6
    • Laureano 3
  • Total zone fielding runs above average
    • Kiermaier -1
    • Laureano 8
  • Good plays/misplays runs above average
    • Kiermaier 2
    • Laureano 1
  • Fielding percentage
    • Kiermaier 1.000%
    • Laureano 1.000%
  • Assists
    • Kiermaier 6
    • Laureano 2
  • Range factor per game
    • Kiermaier 2.00
    • Laureano 2.75

The numbers above provide a pretty good indication that Kiermaier outperformed Laureano in 2020. Kiermaier’s defensive runs saved above average is one of the most glaring differences between the two outfielders. And as mentioned before, Kiermaier played only 46 regular-season games. Laureano played in 53 games so he has more opportunities to increase a stat like defensive runs saved or assists.

Now let’s compare all four players together

  • Defensive runs saved above average
    • Kiermaier 10
    • Buxton 11
    • Robert 8
    • Laureano 5
  • Plus/minus fielding runs above average
    • Kiermaier 2
    • Buxton 8
    • Robert 10
    • Laureano 1
  • Outfield arm runs above average
    • Kiermaier 6
    • Buxton 1
    • Robert -1
    • Laureano 3
  • Total zone fielding runs above average
    • Kiermaier -1
    • Buxton 8
    • Robert 6
    • Laureano 8
  • Good plays/misplays runs above average
    • Kiermaier 2
    • Buxton 2
    • Robert -1
    • Laureano 1
  • Fielding percentage
    • Kiermaier 1.000%
    • Buxton 1.000%
    • Robert .994%
    • Laureano 1.000%
  • Assists
    • Kiermaier 6
    • Buxton 1
    • Robert 2
    • Laureano 2
  • Range factor per game
    • Kiermaier 2.00
    • Buxton 2.69
    • Robert 2.73
    • Laureano 2.75

Kiermaier’s name is bolded often in this comparison which says a lot about Kiermaier’s 2020 performance compared to the three Gold Glove candidates. Kiermaier is in first place for four of the metrics. Buxton is also in first place four times. As far as Robert, he only leads the group in one metric, plus/minus fielding. Laureano leads three defensive metrics.

So, was Kiermaier really snubbed? I think yes. The only glaring deficits Kiermaier had in 2020 were the total zone fielding, and plus/minus fielding. In all of the other categories, Kiermaier is either competitive or he won the metric out of the four.

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I do not think Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier would win the 2020 Gold Glove award based on the metrics above, but I think he should have been a finalist and can understand his frustration. Robert may have had the extra hype because of his rookie performance but I am not sure if he belongs in the group with Buxton and Laureano.