How do Mariners White and Crawford stack up to their Gold Glove competition?

Evan White of the Seattle Mariners runs to tag first for an out. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
Evan White of the Seattle Mariners runs to tag first for an out. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /
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J.P. Crawford makes an acrobatic throw on the run to first base.
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 18: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners fields a ball hit by Elias Diaz #32 of the Pittsburgh Pirates (not pictured) during the seventh inning at PNC Park on September 18, 2019, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

J.P. Crawford competes against Niko Goodrum and a very good Carlos Correa, which will make it tough for the Mariners shortstop

Crawford does not have an easy shot at his first Gold Glove as he has two other young players in the pool. Carlos Correa is bidding for his first Gold Glove alongside Niko Goodrum from Detroit.

Let’s find out what these three did in the 2020 regular season and how they stack up against each other.

  • Fielding Percentage
    • Crawford .986%
    • Correa .995%
    • Goodrum .991%
  • Defensive Runs Saved Above Average
    • Crawford 6
    • Correa 8
    • Goodrum 3
  • Total Zone Fielding Runs Above Average
    • Crawford 7
    • Correa 3
    • Goodrum 5
  • Range Factor per Game
    • Crawford 4.11
    • Correa 3.70
    • Goodrum 3.74
  • Total Zone Infield Double Play Runs Above Average
    • Crawford 2
    • Correa 1
    • Goodrum 3
  • Plus/Minus Fielding Runs Above Average
    • Crawford 4
    • Correa 5
    • Goodrum 3
  • Good Plays/Misplays Runs Above Average
    • Crawford 0
    • Correa 2
    • Goodrum -1
  • Infield Range Runs Above Average
    • Crawford -2
    • Correa 2
    • Goodrum 2
  • Infield Throwing Runs Above Average
    • Crawford 6
    • Correa 3
    • Goodrum 2
  • Percentage of Balls Fielded that Resulted in Outs
    • Crawford 92%
    • Correa 93%
    • Goodrum 92%
  • Double Plays Turned
    • Crawford 31
    • Correa 35
    • Goodrum 17
Nike Goodrum makes an on the run throw to record the out at first base.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 19: Niko Goodrum #28 of the Detroit Tigers during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 19, 2020, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

When looking at the numbers, unfortunately, it looks like Crawford is not the favorite candidate for the Gold Glove award. Crawford led the three in range factor, zone fielding, and infield throwing runs above average. I expected Crawford to have a higher range runs above average and good plays/misplays runs above average because of Crawford’s ability to range well to the forehand and backhand but the numbers do not say so.

Correa undoubtedly has the best throwing arm among the three and showed his consistency with his standout fielding percentage as a shortstop in 2020. Goodrum only led in two of the defensive metrics listed above and Correa has the bulk of the metrics.

We have seen a huge improvement from last year which is exciting. Crawford had a .970 fielding percentage, and -5 defensive runs saved above average last season. The young Mariners shortstop will only improve from here and has such a high ceiling as a 25-year-old. Crawford also leaped in terms of his offense.

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Crawford finished 2020 with a .255 batting average. In 2019, he finished with a .226 batting average. His power numbers are still low, but he was able to get on base at a good rate which is what we want from a defensively-minded shortstop who can hit at the top of the order.

Sad to say, but Crawford will not be winning the Gold Glove this season. But it would be no surprise to me if he is a Gold Glove finalist again next season.