Neither Eaton nor Ramirez has won a Gold Glove, although Ramirez was considered to be a potential Gold Glove winner early in his career. After a mediocre season in multiple areas of his game last year, Ramirez rebounded with a standout 2014 season, including on defense.
Ramirez not only had the most chances of all AL shortstops with 696, he helped turn the most double plays with 119. He was second in fielding percentage at .978 to Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels, who was at .982. Ramirez’s range factor was calculated at an AL-best 4.45.
Eaton’s arrival this past season helped improve an outfield defense that struggled in 2013, especially in center field. His defense strength were speed and a strong throwing arm that helped lead to nine outfield assists, third-best among all full-time AL center fielders.