Gold Glove-Jarrod Dyson
Normally, a Gold Glove is awarded to one player per position. In this awards article, one Mariner stands above all the rest. Dyson may not have had the highlight, head-banging catches Gamel has made, but he has been a machine out in center. He leads in the team in Defensive Runs Saved with +10 and leads all outfielders with six assists. He covers a ton of ground.
The most noticeable difference about the 2017 Mariners has been the outfield defense. Dyson is the centerpiece of that change. He also boasts a 1.1 dWAR (Defensive Wins Above Replacement, how many wins his defense is worth compared to a league-average outfielder). He is one of only 11 fielders in the entire league to have a dWAR above 1.0.
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The Mariners are in the top half of almost every defensive category. That is a huge change from the last several years. The outfield defense has prevented a lot of runs that would have crossed the plate in the previous few years.
Aside from his glove, Dyson has had a career-year at the plate. He has already set a career high in home runs. With already 19 stolen bases, he is on base to threaten his career high of 36. He has been the best fielder overall on this team. He has used his elite speed to track down fly ball after fly ball.
Honorable Mention: Robinson Cano (.990 fielding percentage, 183 assists, 3 errors)
We’re approaching the official and unofficial halfway point in the season. Later, the Trade Deadline. The Mariners, sitting just under .500, could go up or down. How they fare against Anaheim and on their upcoming homestand will be a large factor in this season’s success or failure.