Jeremy Hellickson has won the American League’s Gold Glove Award for pitchers. He is actually a co-recipient, tying Jake Peavy of the White Sox.
Gotta admit. This one is a bit of head scratcher. I am not saying Hellickson isn’t a good defensive pitcher. But I have never thought of Hellickson as a great defender and I don’t recall ever being wowed by something he did with the glove.
He did only allow seven stolen bases all season. But he had just one pickoff.
Then again, it’s hard to take the Gold Gloves seriously considering their track record. This is the same award that was given to Rafael Palmeiro in a season in which he played 28 games at first base.