Rookie Left Fielder Wins First Gold Glove
Steven Kwan beat out the reigning 2021 Gold Glove Award winner Andrew Benintendi, as well as Brandon Marsh, to win his first Gold Glove. Benintendi split time between Kansas City and the New York Yankees in 2022, while Marsh was traded mid-season from the Los Angeles Angels to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Kwan was a rookie sensation for the Guardians this year, providing a spark at the top of their lineup, batting .298 with a .373 OBP and scoring 89 runs. However, he may have provided even more value in the field where his 21 Defensive Runs Saved ranked first among left fielders, and he posted a .991 fielding percentage with just two errors in 233 total chances. The 24-year-old is a key part of a young core of two-way players that should allow the Guardians to remain competitive for the next several years.