Five bold Chicago White Sox predictions for the 2022 season
Jose Abreu Wins A Gold Glove
Jose Abreu has a chance to win a Gold Glove for the Chicago White Sox in 2022.
Jose Abreu has won just about every offensive award imaginable. He took home Rookie of the Year in 2014 and a Silver Slugger Award in 2014, 2018, and 2020. On top of being named to the All-Star team three times, he took home American League MVP in 2020. He has also led the league in RBIs and slugging percentage twice as well as leading the league in OPS+ his rookie season and hits in 2020.
The only thing individually he has left to do is be recognized for his defense. When Abreu entered the league, he was a below-average defender. However, he has subtlety improved every season he has been in the big leagues.
Both Tony La Russa and Rick Renteria went out of their way to compliment him on his work at first base. He made the fewest errors of his career in 2021. In 2020, he led the AL in putouts and range factor per game with an 8.46 mark.
He led all AL first basemen in double plays turned in 2014, 2017, and 2019. Abreu has also managed to finish in the top three of all AL first basemen in range factor per nine innings.
Simply put, Abreu doesn’t get recognized for his defense nearly as much as he should. In 2022, he will finally get the recognition he deserves and takes home a Gold Glove Award.