The San Francisco Giants had a miserable 2017 season, including their overall defense. But a few positions didn’t see that much of a hit, obviously shortstop and catcher
The San Francisco Giants two best defenders, Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey were again finalists for the Gold Glove award.
Brandon Crawford won his third straight gold glove award, beating out Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Freddy Galvis of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Crawford’s numbers didn’t match the insane numbers they did his previous two seasons. He finished with a 20 dRS and 19 dRS in the last two years, and finished with nine this season.
According to everyone else dRS and UZR stats though, Crawford was still one of the three best shortstops. Throw in all the other defensive metrics and Crawford was still there. While Seager and Galvis were both really good in 2017, Crawford was still the best.
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When it came to catcher, Buster Posey was also one of the best again. While advanced metrics didn’t favor Posey a whole lot, advanced defensive metrics don’t really look good with catchers anyways. Posey ended up with 52 assists, including catching 22 runners stealing, good for his best percentage of stealers caught in his career.
But, Tucker Barnhart was a lot better in 2017. He lead the NL in pitches blocked, dRS, and runners caught stealing. His 2017 season was quite good, and he was far and away the best candidate for Gold Glove in 2017.
Joe Panik and Brandon Belt, while having decent seasons defensively, were not nominated for Gold Glove awards in 2017.