Walsh was exceptional this season in the field, and was one of the top reasons that he made the AL All-Star team. He and Fletcher were exceptional in holding it down defensively in the right side of the infield. Things got so much better when Albert Pujols left to go across town to the Dodgers and Walsh received the chance to be the full-time first baseman.
No. 3 reason Jared Walsh undoubtedly deserves the Gold Glove: He has the least amount of errors
Jared Walsh is 12th in the American League among first basemen in most errors (5). That’s a pretty good ranking, and it’s better than the other two he’s competing with.
Olson has six errors, and Gurriel even has seven.
The most important part of being a good defensive player is about making the routine plays. They had more routine blunders than Walsh, which is one of the top reasons they don’t deserve the Gold Glove over Walsh.
Walsh may not have received the credit and notoriety as the other two, but much of that is due to for instance Olson having a reputation for many years as a great defender. This is just Walsh’s second year in the Big Leagues, and his first as a full-time player. He was the better defensive player this year.