2 Houston Astros standouts score prestigious MLB awards
Tuesday, November 1 wasn't the day that the Houston Astros envisioned, considering the outcome of Game 3 against the Phillies in Philadelphia. However, the team did get some good news the same day.
Rising star shortstop Jeremy Peña and outfielder Kyle Tucker are the Astros 2022 Gold Glove winners, Rawlings announced on a special Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Show on ESPN.
Peña is the first rookie shortstop ever to earn a Gold Glove Award, per Elias Sports Bureau, and also the first Astros rookie at any position to score the prestigious award. Only 11 rookies overall have ever won Gold Gloves, Elias notes. Former Astros shortstops Carlos Correa (2021) and Roger Metzger (1973) have also won.
First-time winner Tucker is the third Astros outfielder to win a Gold Glove. Previously, Michael Bourn won the award back-to-back seasons (2009-10). Iconic Astros outfielder Cesar Cedeno holds the Astros club record with five Gold Glove Awards (1972-76).
Meanwhile, Peña led all American League shortstops in Defensive Runs Saved (15) and Defensive WAR (2.4), per MLB stats. He also ranked tied for third in the American League in Zone Rating (.823). Tucker, a utilitarian star, was a standout defensive presence in 2022, with a top-rated 14 Defensive Runs Saved and eight outfield assists. He was named to his first All-Star team this season.
Game 4 of the World Series is slated for Thursday, November 3.