Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and second baseman DJ LeMahieu have been named winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for their respective positions.
This is Arenado’s fifth consecutive Gold Glove Award, and the second for LeMahieu in his career after having also won in 2014. It is the eighth consecutive season in which at least one Rockies player has won a Gold Glove, the fifth year in which there have been two winners on the Rockies, the second campaign in which Arenado and LeMahieu both won (also 2014).
Arenado is the first player in Rockies franchise history to win five consecutive Gold Gloves, extending his own record set last season when he surpassed Larry Walker’s previous record of three straight (1997-1999). The five Gold Gloves for Arenado tie Walker’s franchise record.
· Arenado led all National League third baseman in total chances (423), assists (311), double plays (39), defensive WAR (2.3), and range factor per game (2.64) while ranking second in fielding percentage (.979) and third in zone rating (.832).
· He is the second player in Major League history (also Ichiro Suzuki) and the first player in National League history to win a Gold Glove in each of their first five seasons in the Major Leagues.
· He is the first NL third baseman since Scott Rolen (2000-2004) to win five consecutive Gold Gloves and the fifth third baseman in National League history to win five straight.
In 2014, LeMahieu became the first second baseman in Rockies history to win a Gold Glove. He is the sixth player in franchise history (also: Nolan Arenado, Carlos González, Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki, Larry Walker) to win multiple Gold Glove Awards as a member of the Rockies.
· LeMahieu led all National League second basemen in total chances (729), assists (470), double plays (107), fielding percentage (.989), defensive WAR (1.2) and range factor per game (4.71) while ranking third in zone rating (.801).
· Has the highest fielding percentage (.991) among all second basemen in NL history (min. 650 games).
· Joins Troy Tulowitzki as the only other Rockies middle infielder to win multiple Gold Glove Awards.