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Four Reds Named Gold Glove Finalists

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Four Reds players have been named Gold Glove finalists, tops in the National League.

The Reds had another disappointing season this year, finishing 68-94. Arguably their brightest spot of the season was their defense. Not surprisingly, the Reds lead the National League in finalists for the Gold Glove award, and they arguably could have had more if not for the apparent snub of third baseman Eugenio Suarez.

The four finalists are Tucker Barnhart, Joey Votto, Adam Duvall, and Billy Hamilton.

First, let us take a look at C Tucker Barnhart.  Barnhart has received high praise from his peers, most notably from Cardinals catcher and in-division rival Yadier Molina. Conveniently enough, they are now battling it out for the Gold Glove at the catcher position, along with the San Francisco’s Buster Posey. Barnhart led the National League in Defensive WAR with 2.8. Neither of his opponents finished in the top 10. Barnhart also led the league in Assists as a Catcher with 89. Molina placed 5th, and Posey did not rank in the top 5. Barnhart also placed first in Caught Stealing as a Catcher, Caught Stealing %, and Fielding % as a Catcher. There is definitely a case to be made for Tucker Barnhart taking home the Gold Glove for the first time.

The next candidate is 1B Joey Votto. Votto is looking to take home his 2nd Gold Glove in three attempts. Votto’s competition for the award are usual suspects: Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt and Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo. Cincinnati’s iron man played in all 162 games at first base this year and started every one of them. He finished third in Putouts by a 1B, finishing behind Goldschmidt but ahead of Rizzo. Votto also led the league is Assists as a 1B. All three candidates had a virtually identical Fielding %. Each candidate has a case for the Gold Glove, and this one looks to be too close to call.

Next is OF Adam Duvall. Duvall is looking for his first Gold Glove, and he is a finalist for the second straight year. This year’s competition is Colorado’s Gerardo Parra and Miami’s Marcell Ozuna. Duvall led all outfielders in assists with 15, but he also committed the most Errors by a LF. Duvall finished second to Ozuna in both putouts and fielding percentage. It looks as though this award is Ozuna’s to lose, but Duvall definitely has a strong case as well.

Finally is OF Billy Hamilton. This is Hamilton’s fourth straight nomination, but he has yet to win the Gold Glove. His competition is stiff this season, with Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte and Washington’s Michael A. Taylor also making strong cases for the award. Hamilton’s case will be hurt by yet another September injury, as Inciarte blew passed him in Outfield Putouts. However, Hamilton still led NL center fielders in assists with 13. He also turned 4 double plays as a center fielder this year, which was tops in the league. Hamilton trailed Inciarte in Fielding %. Hamilton may not have been able to put together as strong of a defensive year as he may have wanted due to injury, but he is a finalist for a reason.

All in all, the Reds had a phenomenal defensive year in 2017, and if the numbers are any indication, they should bring home at least one Gold Glove to the Queen City.

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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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Diamondbacks Place Alex Avila On IL

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed catcher Alex Avila on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quad, according to the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro.

Avila, 32, has performed well over his four starts for Arizona this season, posting a slash line of .333/.524/.800 in his 21 plate appearances, including 2 homeruns.

In a corresponding move, the Dbacks have recalled utilityman Tim Locastro from Triple-A.

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Diamondbacks Agree to Terms with Greg Holland

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The Arizona Diamonds have agreed to terms on a one-year pact with veteran free agent reliever Greg Holland, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

Holland is set to earn a guaranteed $3.25 million along with $3.5 million in potential incentives, according to MLB.com’s Jon Heyman.

Holland, 33, had an up and down season for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals, following a terrific season for the Colorado Rockies, so it will be interesting to see which version of Holland the Diamondbacks will see in 2019.

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