The 2020 New York Yankees season was filled with surprises. Luke Voit led the MLB in homers, Deivi Garcia looked impressive, and the fact that baseball even had a season but nobody would have seen this coming. Clint Frazier has been named a Gold Glove finalist in right field. Star third-baseman Gio Urshela also was named a finalist at third base.
If you told me back in July that Clint Frazier would have been nominated for a Gold Glove I would not have believed you. Frazier took a huge leap in his game in 2020. His defense greatly improved and so did his bat. The defense was an issue for Frazier back in 2019, but he really worked on it. Red Thunder had 53 defensive chances in right field and he put out 51 of those chances.
He also had a .984 fielding percentage. Clint batted .267 with eight home runs and 26 RBI. Frazier got a chance to prove himself in 2020, and he sure showed what he is made of. Frazier proved that he is a reliable option and an everyday starter in the outfield. I am thrilled for Frazier knowing that he faced adversity in 2019 and bounced back strong in 2020.
Gio Urshela yet again proved that he is one of the best defensive third basemen in all of baseball. A man who was traded to us for cash considerations has turned into one of the most valuable players on the Yankees. Urshela was phenomenal at third this season. In 121 defensive chances this year, Gio made 34 putouts and had 86 assists with just one error. Urshela also had a .992 fielding percentage. He made many big plays at the hot corner and turned ten double plays.
He also batted .298 on the season with six homers and 30 RBI. Urshela looked great on offense and on defense this season for the second straight year. This is a somewhat obvious choice for the Gold Glove nomination.
Both Clint Frazier and Gio Urshela are deserving candidates for this award. Frazier silenced all of the doubters in 2020 and finishing with a Gold Glove nomination is the icing on the cake, proving that he deserves to start every day. Urshela also showed that he is one of the best defensive third basemen in baseball yet again this season, further cementing his position at the hot corner for the Yankees for the next few years.