Kyle Seager’s progression into a complete and well-rounded player received some accolades on Tuesday afternoon. The Mariners’ third baseman was named awarded the Rawlings’ Gold Glove award for American League third baseman.
Seager beat out Josh Donaldson of the Oakland A’s and Adrian Beltre of the Rangers – a four-time winner.
“It is an honor to just be up for the award with all the great third basemen, let alone win the Gold Glove,” Seager said in a statement. “I really owe a lot to my coaches, especially Chris Woodward. He helped me tremendously.”
The growth of Seager as a defensive player has been a work in progress. Selected in the third round of the 2008 draft out of the University of North Carolina. Seager played second base, shortstop and third base in the minor leagues. He took over as full time third baseman in 2012 and has steadily progressed defensively.
He committed 13 errors in 2012 and 15 errors in 2013. This season, he committed just eight errors in 422 chances while starting 157 games at third base.
From the sabermetric standpoint, Seager posted a 10.6 Ultimate Zone Rating and 10 Defensive Runs Saved.
“The Fielding Bible” also showed that Seager led all Major League third basemen in good throws to first with a 96.6-percent “good throw” rate and he led the AL at his position with a plus-24 rating in runs saved via Baseball-Reference.com.
He becomes the first Mariners’ player to win a Gold Glove since Ichiro Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez each won Gold Gloves in 2010.
Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano were also finalists at their positions, but did not win.