The St. Louis Cardinals had four players nominated for Gold Gloves on Thursday, including Tommy Edman at two different positions.
The St. Louis Cardinals set an MLB record in 2021 with five Gold Glove award winners, and have a chance to add four more in 2022 after Rawlings announced their nominees for Gold Gloves.
The following players were all nominated for Gold Gloves: Paul Goldschmidt at first base, Nolan Arenado at third base, Brendan Donovan at the new utility position, and Tommy Edman at both second base and utility.
Rawlings announced last month that they would be adding a utility Gold Glove this season to award players who play all over the diamond, and we speculated that Edman could be the first ever recipient of this award in the National League. Not only could Edman be the first ever utility Gold Glover, but he may end up being the first player ever to win two Gold Gloves in one season if he wins at both second base and utility.
Arenado and Edman appear to be the early favorites in their categories. Despite being the reigning Gold Glover at first base, many have speculated that Christian Walker would win the award this year as his outs above average and defensive runs saved are crazy high compared to the rest of the league.
Donovan was a bit of a surprising nominee, but his name does belong in the conversation. He ranks 33rd in all of baseball in DRS, although his OAA and runs prevented are both at -3. Donovan has provided immense value to St. Louis either way, as the Cardinals have been able to deploy him at six different positions throughout the 2022 season.