No. 1 reason Jared Walsh undoubtedly deserves the Gold Glove: His league-leading fielding percentage
To really get a grasp of the type of defensive first baseman Jared Walsh is, take a look at his fielding percentage.
He’s tied for the American League lead at .995 with Olson and Jose Abreu.
Of course, Olson is in the running with him. So if he has the same fielding percentage as him, and has less range than him, how is he the better defensive player? He’s obviously not, and Gurriel isn’t even invited to this conversation as far as fielding percentage goes.
His is lower than the two of theirs. Besides, Gurriel took home the batting title but couldn’t even make the All-Star team. If he was truly a Gold Glover, he would have been there as his offense this season was truly terrific.
Clearly Walsh was picked over him due to his strong defense, and should be picked over him again for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Walsh is the best defensive first baseman in the American League.
He deserved the nomination, but he deserves the award as well. Nothing less will be accepted.