The Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier made his case as the American League's best centerfielder with numerous highlight-reel worthy catches against the outfield wall.
And Kiermaier matched his stellar defensive effort from 2015 despite missing 48 games due to broken bones in his left hand. But just like in 2015, Kiermaier was awarded the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for the second consecutive season.
"KK continues to be the best defensive player in the game. Watching him defend his position every night is a privilege for all of us. And the scary thing is, he keeps finding ways to get better," Rays Manager Kevin Cash said in a Rays' news release.
Kiermaier was able to bounce back from the nasty hand injury he sustained while attempting to make a diving catch in May to lead major league center fielders with 25 Defensive Runs saved. He returned to the field in July following the All-Star break and still piled up defensive stats that made managers and coaches take notice.
"The amount of time that I missed was the only thing holding me back. Other than that I felt by far I'm the best defensive centerfielder in baseball. It's my award to win. That's the way I feel," Kiermaier told the Times.
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