Even though the World Series is still ongoing, award season has begun around major league baseball. On Tuesday, Rawlings Baseball announced the gold glove winners for the 2022 season. Christian Yelich was a nominee in left field, but Ian Happ ended up being the winner. In center field, a former Brewer won his second gold glove award since being traded from the Crew. That player is Trent Grisham.
Grisham was traded during the 2019 off season. Zach Davies and Grisham were swapped for Luis Urias and Eric Lauer. As a Padre, Grisham first won a gold glove award in 2020. Today, he won the award for the second time in his young career.
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Most Brewer fans remember Trent Grisham for his costly error during the 2019 NL Wild Card game. On a ball hit into the out field, he charged it and the ball went right underneath his glove. The end result was the go-ahead run scoring and the Brewers subsequently being eliminated from the play offs. That error came during Grisham’s rookie season.
Since then, he has been one of the best defensive center fielders in the game.
This year, Grisham ranked in the 99th percentile in terms of outs above average. In terms of outfield jump, baseball savant had him in the 78th percentile. Additionally, fangraphs had him at eight defensive runs saved (DRS). Only Victor Robles of the Nationals had a higher DRS in the National League, but Grisham logged over 170 more innings.
Yes, it may sting a bit to know that the Brewers parted ways with a two time gold glover, but at the plate Grisham has not performed well. Currently, the Brewers have a few young speedy outfield prospects in their organization, so maybe they have a future gold glover up and coming.