Rawlings released their finalists for the 2014 Gold Glove awards an hour ago. Among the finalists this year are two Brewers. At catcher, Jonathan Lucroy is one of the three finalists in the National League. Meanwhile, Gerardo Parra also is one of three finalists for a Gold Glove, receiving his nomination in right field. However, Carlos Gomez is not a finalist this year, just a year after winning a Gold Glove in 2013.
This is Jonathan Lucroy's first nomination for a Gold Glove award (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on that). The catcher has always been known for his pitch framing, and his defense has also earned some praise during his career. His competition at the position is Russell Martin of the Pirates and Yadier Molina of the Cardinals. The two of them have combined to win the last seven Gold Glove awards at catcher. Yadier Molina has won the last six (2008-2013), and Russell Martin won before that (2007). Looking at the FanGraphs numbers, their Def stat is very similar between the three. One big difference for Lucroy is that he played a full season, while the other two missed time due to injuries. That may end up playing in Lucroy's favor.
Meanwhile, Gerardo Parra also earned a nomination for a Gold Glove this season. Parra already has won two Gold Gloves, one as a left fielder in 2011 and one as a right fielder in 2013. This season wasn't his best year, as his defensive numbers were down. However, earning another Gold Glove finalist nomination is a testament to how good he is beyond the numbers. Looking at his competition, it's highly doubtful that he will win another award this year. The other two finalists are Jason Heyward of the Braves and Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins, and both had great years at their respective positions.
One surprise from this year's finalists is that Carlos Gomez is not among them. Instead, Billy Hamilton of the Reds, Juan Lagares of the Mets, and Denard Span of the Nationals earned the three finalist spots this year. While these aren't bad nominations, you have to wonder why Gomez didn't get a spot above the three of them. Looking at the numbers, Carlos Gomez is very comparable (if not better) than these selections. It's a younger group this year, and not even Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates made the list (though his defensive numbers are down this year).
The award winners at each position will be announced on November 4. As a reminder for how it is selected, 75% of it is determined by voting from managers & coaches, and 25% is from SABR. Will Lucroy or Parra earn an award for the Brewers for a second straight year? We'll find out in a few weeks.