Rawlings Sports named the finalists for their 2018 Gold Glove awards on Thursday afternoon and Corey Dickerson of the Pittsburgh Pirates was listed as one of the top three choices for left field in the National League. The winners will be announced on November 4th.
Last year’s winner in left field for the NL was Marcell Ozuna, who isn’t among the three finalists this year. Dickerson will be competing against Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers and Adam Duvall of the Atlanta Braves.
Dickerson had a 1.1 dWAR this season according to Baseball-Reference, the first season of his career that he has been above a negative rating. In 263 chances over 124 games, he committed just one error. He picked up seven assists (2nd for LF in NL) and led all NL outfielders in Total Zone Runs, while his .996 fielding percentage and 2.11 Range Factor were both tops among all NL left fielders.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.