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Jeremy Pena Makes MLB Shortstop Historical past


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Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto received his second profession Gold Glove on Tuesday.

He isn’t the one participant presently within the World Sequence acknowledged by his protection, although.

Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena was met with comparable information right this moment, simply forward of Sport 3 of the Fall Basic.

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Within the course of, he’s making unimaginable MLB historical past.

“The primary rookie shortstop EVER to win a Gold Glove,” the Astros tweeted on Tuesday afternoon, with an image of Pena doing what he does greatest: fielding and smiling.

The 25-year-old rookie had sky-high expectations earlier than the season, as folks wished him to be Carlos Correa.

Correa left Houston and signed a free agent contract to play with the Minnesota Twins.

However Pena shouldn’t be one other participant: he ought to be the perfect model of himself on the market.

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The offense was inconsistent: he adopted a powerful first half with a mediocre efficiency after the break, not less than with the bat.


An All-Round Future Star

When all was stated and accomplished, he slashed .253/.289/.426 with a 102 wRC+ and a .715 OPS.

That, nonetheless, consists of 22 dwelling runs and 11 stolen bases.

The very best attribute about Pena’s sport, nonetheless, is his protection.

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It’s good to see it being acknowledged among the many greats.

In 1,165 innings, he posted 15 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and seven OAA (Outs Above Common), the 2 most necessary and extensively used defensive metrics out there.

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Oh, and his bat awakened within the postseason, too: he has three dwelling runs, 9 RBI, and a .921 OPS up to now, incomes ALCS MVP honors within the course of.

In Pena, the Astros have an elite defender and an bettering bat with some unlocked potential.

That’s not unhealthy from a rookie.

Not unhealthy in any respect.


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