Yadier Molina, Darwin Barney and Jason Heyward were statistically-dominant on the defensive side. Here's a look at the notable storylines involving the NL's Gold Glove victors.
Molina takes the 5th
Most Gold Gloves by Catcher
Molina led major-league catchers in caught stealing percentage, throwing out 46 percent of the baserunners who tried to steal against him. Baseball Info Solutions also charted him with 554 potential wild-pitch blocks based on its video review, the most in the major leagues.
Molina’s total is one more than his manager, Mike Matheny, won in his major-league catching career.
Darwin’s evolution into a winner
Most Defensive Runs Saved
NL Player at Any Position
Barney had the most Defensive Runs Saved of any player at any position with 28 and also led NL second basemen in fielding percentage. He tied Placido Polanco’s major-league record for longest errorless streak by a second baseman- 141 games.
Barney broke the NL record, which previously stood at 123 games. The man whose record he broke was the last Cubs second baseman to win a Gold Glove- Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg in 1991.
Heyward the lone Brave to win
The Braves outfield rated best in the majors by advanced defensive metrics, and all three of their regular outfielders were finalists for a Gold Glove, but rightfielder Jason Heyward was the only winner.
Heyward led National League rightfielders in Defensive Runs Saved with 20 and tied for the lead among rightfielders in assists with 11.
Other winners …
Notes and nuggets on the other Gold Glove Award winners:
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A change of leagues didn’t hinder Mark Buehrle defensively, as the Florida Marlins pitcher won his fourth straight Gold Glove.
Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche won his first Gold Glove and became the second Nationals player to win a Gold Glove since the team moved to Washington. The other was third baseman Ryan Zimmerman in 2009.
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins ended Troy Tulowitzki’s two-year run and won his fourth Gold Glove, his first since 2009.
Gold Glove Awards have become a regular thing for the Phillies, who have had at least one winner every year since 2007. Though Rollins did not fare well via advanced metrics, he led the NL with a .978 fielding percentage.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen won his first career Gold Glove Award. He became the third Pirates player to win one in the last twenty seasons, joining shortstop Jay Bell in 1993 and outfielder Nate McLouth in 2008.