The Rawlings Gold Glove finalists were named today, and no surprise the Royals again had numerous finalists.
Salvador Perez is a finalist at Gold Glove at catcher. He is up against Indians catcher Yan Gomes and Tigers catcher Alex Avila. Sal won his first Gold Glove last year. Perez threw out 30% of would-be base-stealers this year, trailing Gomes (32%) and Avila (34%).
Alex Gordon is a finalist for a Gold Glove in left-field. He is up against Indians left-fielder Michael Brantley and Yoenes Cespedes, who split time with Oakland and Boston. Gordon is a two-time winner, bringing home Gold Gloves in 2012 and 2013 (EDIT: And 2011!). Gordon led all Major Leaguers in UZR this year and led all American League outfielders in dWAR.
Eric Hosmer is a finalist for a Gold Glove at first base. He faces Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera and Angels first baseman Albert Pujols. Hosmer won his first Gold Glove in 2013.
Alcides Escobar is a finalist at shortstop. He is up against Baltimore's J.J. Hardy and Chicago's Alexei Ramirez. Escobar has never won a Gold Glove.
Surprisingly, the man who is lauded for his defense the most - Lorenzo Cain - was not a finalist. Cain was sixth in all of baseball in dWAR at 2.6. The American League centerfield finalists are Baltimore's Adam Jones, Chicago's Adam Eaton, and Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. Cain played 723 innings in centerfield this year, and 388 in rightfield. Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermaier spent just 528 innings in rightfield and is a finalist, so...whatever.
Mike Moustakas also might have had a shot as a finalist at third base, but faced a crowded field and the finalists instead are Oakland's Josh Donaldson, Seattle's Kyle Seager, and Texas's Adrian Beltre.