HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Tuesday night it was announced that Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel won his third consecutive American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award. The award is given to nine players in each league, one for each position. Keuchel was recognized agains as the top defensive pitcher in the American League.
Astros left fielder Colby Rasmus and right fielder George Springer were also finalists for Gold Glove Awards, which were awarded to left fielder Brett Gardner and right fielder Mookie Betts.
Keuchel did not commit an error in 32 total chances this season, while recording 27 assists. Dating back to 2013, Keuchel owns a .990 fielding percentage and has committed just two errors in 201 total chances, while recording a Major League-leading 151 assists and 48 putouts in 120 games.
Keuchel is the only pitcher in franchise history to win a Gold Glove Award and is the first Astro at any position to win three straight Gold Glove Awards since Craig Biggio won four straight as a second baseman from 1994-97. Prior to Keuchel, the last AL pitcher to win three straight Gold Gloves was Mark Buehrle for the White Sox from 2009-11.
This announcement continues a busy awards week, as Jose Altuve was named a finalist for the BBWAA AL Most Valuable Player Award Monday night. The MLBPA Player of the Year Award, which Altuve was also named a finalist for, will be announced Wednesday, and the Silver Sluggers winners will be announced on Thursday. Altuve was already named the Sporting News Player of the Year.