Andrew McCutchen was nominated for the Gold Glove Award among National League center fielders. The other two NL CF finalists are Atlanta’s Michael Bourn and Cincinnati’s Drew Stubbs.
To be honest, McCutchen isn’t exactly a stellar outfielder. Although he makes some spectacular grabs from time to time, he definitely exhibits some weaknesses. His arm is particularly weak, and significantly downgrades his defensive abilities.
The idea that a player must be a star offensively to win a Gold Glove is often tossed around, even though this is a defensive award. Cutch certainly fits the description, as he excelled at the plate with a .327 avg, 31 HR, and .953 OPS. The last Pirate to win, Nate McLouth in 2008, also had an excellent season at the plate that year. However, Drew Stubbs is an exception; his offense is abysmal (.213 avg, 166 K’s), but he displays terrific defense.
Anyway, the other finalists around the league are as follows:
Pitcher: Jeremy Hellickson, Jake Peavy, C.J. Wilson
Catcher: Alex Avila, Russell Martin, A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Wieters
First base: Adrian Gonzalez, Eric Hosmer, Mark Teixeira
Second base: Dustin Ackley, Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia
Shortstop: Elvis Andrus, J.J. Hardy, Brendan Ryan
Third base: Adrian Beltre, Brandon Inge, Mike Moustakas
Left field: Alex Gordon, Desmond Jennings, David Murphy
Center field: Austin Jackson, Adam Jones, Mike Trout
Right field: Shin-Soo Choo, Jeff Francoeur, Josh Reddick
Pitcher: Bronson Arroyo, Mark Buehrle, Clayton Kershaw
Catcher: Yadier Molina, Miguel Montero, Carlos Ruiz
First base: Freddie Freeman, Adam LaRoche, Joey Votto
Second base: Darwin Barney, Aaron Hill, Brandon Phillips
Shortstop: Zack Cozart, Ian Desmond, Jose Reyes, Jimmy Rollins
Third base: Chase Headley, Aramis Ramirez, David Wright
Left field: Ryan Braun, Carlos Gonzalez, Martin Prado
Center field: Bourn, McCutchen, Stubbs
Right field: Jay Bruce, Andre Ethier, Jason Heyward
Winners will be revealed Tuesday night at 9:30 pm on ESPN2 during a special 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Announcement Show.