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Pair of former Diamond Hogs win Gold Glove

By: Matt Jones Matt Jones's Twitter account
Published: Sunday, November 7, 2021
Kansas City Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi catches a fly ball for the out on Toronto Blue Jays' Danny Jansen during the seventh inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi catches a fly ball for the out on Toronto Blue Jays' Danny Jansen during the seventh inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

FAYETTEVILLE — Two former Arkansas baseball players won Gold Glove Awards on Sunday.

Dallas Keuchel won the Gold Glove for American League pitchers and Andrew Benintendi was the Gold Glove winner for AL left fielders. Gold Glove Awards are presented to the best defensive player at each position and are among the most prestigious individual honors in baseball.

Keuchel, who is in his second season with the Chicago White Sox, won his fifth Gold Glove in the past eight seasons. Benintendi won his first Gold Glove in his first season with the Kansas City Royals.

Defensive Runs Saved

DRS quantifies a player's entire defensive performance by attempting to measure how many runs a defender saved. It takes into account errors, range, outfield arm and double-play ability.

Source: MLB.com

The Royals have had the AL’s Gold Glove winner in left field five consecutive seasons. Benintendi was traded from the Boston Red Sox following the 2020 season to replace the retired Alex Gordon, an eight-time Gold Glove winner in Kansas City.

Benintendi, 27, fielded .987 and committed 3 errors in 1,116 innings. According to MLB.com, he tied Toronto’s Lourdes Gurriel for the AL lead with seven defensive runs saved and his six assists were second most by AL players at his position.

On Aug. 18, Benintendi threw out Chas McCormick at the plate for the final out to preserve a 3-2 Royals victory over the Houston Astros. Benintendi fielded a single off the bat of Jose Altuve and one hopped a throw to the plate in time for catcher Salvador Perez to apply the tag.

Keuchel, 33, won his first Gold Glove since he signed with the White Sox as a free agent prior to the 2020 season. He won four Gold Gloves with the Astros from 2014-16 and 2018.

Keuchel had a .980 fielding percentage in 162 innings — 34 points above the league average for pitchers. He had 41 assists, committed 1 error, turned 3 double plays and allowed 2 stolen bases in 6 attempts.

Keuchel’s 12 defensive runs saved were 5 more than any other pitcher, according to MLB.com. The defensive runs saved were a career high, topping his previous best of 11 in 2015, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Only seven pitchers have won more Gold Gloves than Keuchel’s five.

Keuchel pitched at Arkansas from 2007-09. Benintendi was an outfielder at Arkansas from 2014-15 and as a sophomore won the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy as national college baseball player of the year.

Counting Keuchel and Benintendi, the Razorbacks have had three former players win a total of nine Gold Glove Awards. Catcher Tom Pagnozzi won three National League Gold Gloves with the St. Louis Cardinals between 1991-94.

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