The Gold Glove finalists have been announced and the awards are set to be given out tonight. For the first time in years, there are no Milwaukee Brewers named as finalists. While the Brewers have only had one Gold Glove winner since 1982, here is a look at several strong candidates who should have a shot to win the award in Milwaukee for years to come.
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Lucroy is well respected as one of the best all-around catchers in the game today. While he gets much of his recognition for what he does at the plate, he is one of the best defensive catchers, too. He not only works well with a pitching staff and blocks balls, but he also is one of the best pitch-framers in all of baseball. In 2014 I thought he was most deserving of the award and even though Yadier Molina is one of the best catchers to ever play the game, Lucroy still has a shot to one day bring the award to Milwaukee.
Though Arcia was a force at the plate this season, his defense is his best tool of all. Many have mentioned that he is good enough to win Gold Gloves right now and the 21-year-old shortstop is not far away from debuting in Milwaukee. He is a special player, and when he finally arrives he will help to anchor the Brewers’ infield and make it one of the best in the league.
If it wasn’t for Arica, Yadiel Rivera most likely be the future at shortstop, but even with Arcia there is a good chance that he will be the team’s future at second base. The biggest factor in his playing time will be if he can hit enough to get daily playing time. During the Arizona Fall League he has opened eyes with his glove as he has received rave reviews.
#Brewers SS Yadiel Rivera has a big league glove. Outstanding range coming in on the ball and solid arm. The whole package. The Real Deal.
— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) November 8, 2015
Yadiel Rivera just turned a double play with an athletic, quick dragged foot across the bag that lesser SSs just can’t pull off. — JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) November 8, 2015
When the Brewers traded for Luis Sardinas, the first thing that was brought up was his glove. Another defensive wizard in the middle infield, he was viewed to be an even better defender that Texas shortstop, Elvis Andrus. Similarly to Rivera, his bat will determine how much he gets to be on the field in the future.
Tyrone Taylor was one of the youngest players in the Southern League, but he held his own and improved with each month. Playing centerfield, Taylor covers ground and has an above average throwing arm. At just 21-years-old, he should just continue to get better as he matures.https://reviewingthebrew.com/2015/11/08/milwaukee-brewers-prospects-15-tyler-wagner/
Phillips is such a good defender that his acquisition forced Taylor out of centerfield in Biloxi. He instantly made an impact not only in the Shuckers’ lineup, but also in the field making, several highlight-reel catches. With an arm that MLB.com ranks as a 70 on it’s scouting scale, he will be a key piece for the Brewers’ going forward.