Evan White and J.P. Crawford’s Gold Glove nominations are a great sign for the Mariners
Evan White and J.P. Crawford were selected as Gold Glove finalists for their respective positions recently. This is a great sign for the two young Mariners who only have five seasons of Major League baseball combined under their belts.
White, who is 24-years-old and just played in his first big league season, struggled at the plate but was able to make up for it with his glove. Crawford, who is a year older than White, made leaps on both sides of the game and proved to the organization he deserves a spot on the lineup every day.
The nominations for White and Crawford make it the first time since 2016 where two Mariners have been selected as Gold Glove finalists when Seager and Cano were nominated. Additionally, the last Mariners infielder to win a Gold Glove was Kyle Seager in 2014. Mike Leake also won a Gold Glove as a starting pitcher last season with the Mariners.
I am not surprised at all that the Mariners rookie first baseman is a Gold Glove finalist. He was a highlight reel at first base and there is a lot to look forward to in the coming years. White’s elite defensive ability coming out of college was one of the big reasons why Jerry Dipoto decided to offer a long term extension after performing well in the minor leagues.
The same can be said for Crawford who made “Sportscenter Top 10” like plays every month. The 25-year-old shortstop for the Mariners shined as the starting shortstop and is a Gold Glove finalist rightly so. Like White, Crawford showed off his athleticism.
It seems like it has been a while since the Mariners have had a solid defensive shortstop since Brendan Ryan. Mariners fans should be excited that Crawford is doing it at such a young age.