Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun won his first American League Gold Glove Award on Tuesday, becoming the first Angels player to win such an award since shortstop Erick Aybar in 2011 and the first Angels outfielder since Torii Hunter won consecutive awards in 2008-2009.
The strong-armed and athletic Calhoun, 28, beat out Detroit’s J.D. Martinez and Oakland’s Josh Reddick for the top spot among AL right fielders. Mike Trout, the 2014 AL most valuable player, was a finalist in center field but lost out to Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier.
Calhoun, who made several spectacular diving catches last season, ranked second among AL right fielders with a .989 fielding percentage and third with 11 assists. He led AL right fielders in defensive runs saved (six) and ultimate zone rating (13.8) and committed only four errors in a league-leading 357 total chances.
The award is based on a combination of votes from American League managers and coaches and a combination of advanced defensive metrics.
Calhoun joins Ken Berry (1972), Rick Miller (1978), Gary Pettis (1985-86), Devon White (1988-89), Jim Edmonds (1997-98), Darin Erstad (2000, 2002) and Hunter as the only Angels outfielders to win the award.