Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart always prides himself on his defense and nobody was better during the 2020 season.
Barnhart earned his second career Rawlings Gold Glove on Tuesday, which was announced on ESPN. He joined 10-time winner Johnny Bench (1968-77) and two-time winner Johnny Edwards (1963-64) as the only catchers in franchise history to win multiple Gold Gloves.
He edged finalists Jacob Stallings (Pittsburgh) and Willson Contreras (Chicago). Unlike previous years, the award was based solely on SABR defensive index, which aggregates statistical and analytical defensive metrics from Statcast, Sports Info Solutions and STATS. There was no managerial or coaches vote because of the condensed 60-game schedule.
“Winning the first one in ’17 was like a dream come true,” Barnhart said. “Then you just kind of set out to not make that become the one and only. Obviously, there were a couple of years in between that I didn’t have as good of a defensive year as I would’ve liked. To win it this year when it is strictly based on numbers, there’s really no arguing it. For me, it means everything.”
Barnhart, who became the 27th catcher in MLB history to win multiple Gold Gloves, led the finalists with nine defensive runs saved (DRS), according to Sports Info Solutions. He threw out 38% of the runners who tried to steal a base against him, ranked as one of the best pitch framers and he’s one of the sport’s best at blocking pitches.…