Texas Rangers Shortstop Elvis Andrus Nominated for Gold Glove
By Andrew Webb
It was a disappointing finish to the 2017 season for the Texas Rangers, but it’s not all negative. Shortstop Elvis Andrus put up career numbers, and has a chance to win a Gold Glove award.
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has been nominated for a Gold Glove as the finalists were announced on Thursday. Francisco Lindor of the Indians and Andrelton Simmons of the Angels are the other two AL finalists.
In 2017 Andrus led all MLB shortstops with a range factor of 4.70 chances per nine innings. That’s not all, Andrus led the American League in putouts and assists, and was second in double plays.
Lindor won the award last season for the first time. Simmons has won the award twice in 2013 and 2014 both while with the Atlanta Braves.
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The last time a Rangers shortstop won a Gold Glove was Michael Young in 2008. The only other Rangers’ player to win the award was Alex Rodriguez during the 2002 season.
There is no doubt Andrus is impressive with his glove, but it’d be a shame to not mention his incredible season with the bat. The 29-year-old saw a surge in power numbers during the 2017 season.
Heading into the 2017 season Andrus’ career-high was eight home runs set in 2016. He finished with an impressive 20 home runs in 2017, and shocked the world. He batted .297 with 88 runs batted in and 25 steals as well.
Andrus is an incredible two-way player, and the Rangers are lucky to have him locked up until the 2022 season. Hopefully Andrus gets some recognition for Gold Glove, because he’s deserving of the award.