Astros' Mauricio Dubón named Gold Glove Award winner for utility spot

Versatile defender becomes first Astro to Win Gold Glove at utility spot

HOUSTON - Rawlings announced Sunday night that Astros infielder/outfield Mauricio Dubón has won the American League Gold Glove Award for the utility spot.

Dubón, 29, is the first player in Astros history to win a Gold Glove Award at the utility spot, which was added as a Gold Glove Award position in 2022. He shined as one the league's most versatile defenders, making starts at second base (66), center field (23), shortstop (9), left field (6) and first base (2). He also made appearances in right field and at third base. Dubón was one of just four players in the Majors to appear at seven different positions this season.

Among AL second baseman, Dubón ranked third in defensive runs saved (5), despite making just 66 starts at that position. He began the season as the Astros primary second baseman while Jose Altuve recovered from a pre-season injury. Additionally, his two starts at first base were his first career appearances at the position.

Dubón becomes the 15th player in Astros history to receive a Gold Glove Award, with Kyle Tucker (right field) and Jeremy Peña (shortstop) the last to do so in 2022. The Astros have now won 32 total Gold Glove Awards in their franchise history, including a winner in five of the last six seasons.

By winning a Gold Glove, Dubón is now eligible for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, with fan voting for the award beginning online tonight at 7:30 p.m. CT at Voting will remain open until 11 p.m. CT on Nov. 9. The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners will be unveiled at the Rawlings Gold Glove Award ceremony on Nov. 10.

The Rawlings Gold Glove Award was created in 1957, and since then the award has served as the highest symbol of defensive excellence in Major League Baseball. The winners are determined by combining votes from Major League managers and coaches with a sabermetric component.

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