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Giants catcher Patrick Bailey finalist for Gold Glove award

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Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies scores on a Elehuris Montero single against catcher Pa...

DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 15: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies scores on a Elehuris Montero single against catcher Patrick Bailey #14 of the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning at Coors Field on September 15, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Giants rookie Patrick Bailey is a finalist for the 2023 Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

Major League Baseball announced the finalists on Wednesday. According to the league, there are three finalists per league at each position, including the utility spot. Bailey faces off against Gabriel Moreno, of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and J.T. Realmuto, of the Philadelphia Phillies. Winners will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Patrick Bailey, the Giants’ first-round draft pick in 2020, started the 2023 season in Double-A but was quickly promoted to Triple-A after a hot start. And he didn’t stay in Sacramento long, debuting with the San Francisco Giants on May 19, 2023

Winners are determined by managers and coaches voting from a pool in their league, excluding players from their team, and the SABR Defensive Index.

The SABR Defensive IndexTM (SDI) is a measure of the number of runs saved by a player’s defensive performance over the course of a season, compared to the average defensive player at that position. The SDI combines measures from six (6) different defensive data sources and includes factors that rate the defenders arm strength and accuracy, range and his sure-handedness, along with the number of “excellent” and “poor” fielding plays he makes. The SDI also incorporates a rating for a player’s ability to turn double plays (2B and SS), fielding bunts (primarily P, C, 3B, and 1B) and scoops of throws in the dirt (1B). For catchers, blocking balls in the dirt and stolen bases/ caught stealing are also included. For pitchers, the SDI includes his ability to hold runners on base and control the running game.

A positive SDI number indicates that a player was above average compared to other players at his position this season. Conversely, a negative SDI number means the player performed below the league average at this position this season.

The last time the defensive index leaderboard was updated by SABR was in mid-August. At the time, Bailey was at the top of the list, with an index of 10.1 SDI.

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