Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier was named one of three finalists for a Rawlings Gold Glove Thursday. It is Frazier's first Gold Glove nomination.
2019 was Frazier's first season as an everyday second baseman. He served as a utility fielder in his first three seasons in the majors and played as many innings in the outfield as in the infield. In that time, he graded out as an average defender, both in the infield and on the grass.
Frazier's defense improved by focusing on just one position and he got better as the season progressed. After he committed two errors in his first nine games played in 2019, he finished the year with only six.
Frazier finished second among qualified National League second basemen with a .989 fielding percentage. He also ranked fourth among all NL second basemen in assists (327) and double-plays (78).
Advanced metrics also graded him favorably, finishing with 6 defensive runs saved, tied for third among NL second basemen, and 0.8 defensive WAR, fourth at his position in the senior circuit. The winners are mostly determined by the votes of coaches and managers, but at least 25% of the weighted vote comes from what is referred to as the SABR Defensive Index, which takes advanced stats into consideration.
The other two nominees are Kolten Wong of the Cardinals and Ozzie Albies of the Braves. Neither has won a Gold Glove before.
Frazier joins Bryan Reynolds as the Pirates award finalists this year. Reynolds is one of three finalists, along with the Mets' Pete Alonso and the Braves' Mike Soroka, for the National League’s outstanding rookie award in the MLBPA's 2019 Players Choice Awards.